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Philippines seen importing more fresh fruits

Fruits
Philippines
Published Dec 3, 2021

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Philippine fruit importation has grown substantially and is seen to further rise with more Filipinos incorporating healthy food into their diet amid the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic. In its latest report, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) here in Manila said global exports of fresh fruits to the Philippines increased by 36 percent to $695 million in 2020 over 2019 , and are forecast to grow five percent in 2021.

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“Since the start of COVID-19, Philippine consumers have incorporated more fresh fruit into their diet,” USDA-FAS Manila said. In 2020, the US’ fresh fruits exports to the Philippines dropped 35 percent to $32.5 million due to ocean freight challenges that continue to persist. But, USDA-FAS Manila said traders are optimistic that once the pressure on the global supply chain eases, US fresh fruit exports to the Philippines will bounce back to $50 million in annual sales. Right now, the top exporting countries of fruits to the Philippines are the US, China, Australia. In 2020, exports from mainland China and Australia increased by 80 and 17 percent respectively. The fruits that the Philippines buy overseas are apples, mandarins, oranges, lemons, grapes, kiwi, melons, pears, and cherries. USDA-FAS Manila said imported fresh fruits such as apples and oranges are often lower priced than some domestic fruits because of the seasonality of local fruits and the strong export demand for ...
Source: Mb
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