Oct 18, 2023
Global table grape exports down, but category remains strong

Global table grape exports declined compared to the previous season but appear to remain on a growth trajectory, according to a recent Rabobank report.

Exporting countries are grappling with various challenges while striving for efficiency improvements and green seedless varieties are gaining popularity as demand rises, according to the report.

Rabobank-logoGrapes continue to be one of the main fruits traded globally, according to Rabobank.

Despite a 5% global export decrease in the 2022-23 season, many countries are adjusting their production to meet demand and enhance operational efficiency.

“This was the second-highest global table grape export season in history, only surpassed by the previous 2021-22 season,” Gonzalo Salinas, a senior analyst of fresh produce at Rabobank, said in a news release. “We expect the upward trend in exports observed over the past decade to continue in the coming years.”

Weather irregularities play a significant role in the challenges facing key suppliers in different regions. Chile saw an 18% export decline due to extensive uprooting of low-yielding areas and other profitability-enhancing efforts over the past ten seasons. Meanwhile, Peru emerged as the largest exporter last season, shipping nearly 600,000 metric tons, despite logistical disruptions caused by early 2023 political protests.

Global grape exportsRising prices in primary destination markets are shifting the retail landscape, favoring green seedless varieties.

“While some markets witness a slight grape availability decline, controlled upward growth is expected,” Salinas said in the release.

The future table grape variety mix leans toward green rather than red. Proprietary varieties, with higher yields, lower costs per kilogram and improved quality, will be at the forefront of the supply line in the forthcoming seasons, benefiting both producers and retailers, according to the report.

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