Chilean table grapes project to end the season with 58 million boxes

Fresh Grape
Market & Price Trends
Published Apr 15, 2024

Tridge summary

The Chilean table grape industry is experiencing a near-end season with a 5% to 10% decrease in volume, expecting to reach 57 to 58 million units, attributed to challenges including a pending Systems Approach agreement with the U.S. Despite this, the season has been marked as extraordinary in North America due to high prices from supply shortages, leading to increased exports. The industry, along with counterparts in South Africa and Peru, faces oversupply issues, pushing producers to sell below production costs. Efforts are being made to focus on producing higher quality grapes and upgrading grape varieties, as seen in Chile, to balance market volumes and improve profitability. Rafael Rodríguez of Uvanova emphasizes the importance of quality over volume for achieving good prices and advises producers to pack high-quality fruit to meet market demands.
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Original content

The Chilean table grape industry is now in its final stretch, an ideal moment to carry out an analysis of the behavior, quality and condition of the fruit, which is why we spoke with the president of Uvanova, the agronomist and advisor Rafael Rodríguez . The president of Uvanova commented that week 14 has been a productively normal season, so in his opinion there is never a perfect season. He explained that in the north the volumes fell below estimates and were earlier, while in the center-south (V-RM-VI) there was a delay and the estimates, except for the early varieties, will be closer than projected. "For the total we continue to think that we are going to be 5% to 10% below the estimate of the survey carried out by Frutas de Chile, which maintains an expected volume of 62.5 million, so I think we are going to be between 57 to 58 million. We are already in the final stretch, with the last harvests, but with a demanding market, some fruit is being packed that is not normally ...
Source: MXfruit
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