Chile shows great supply of winter fruit

Chile is a major supplier of fruit to the US market and its success over the past 30 years has brought more competition.

Chile accounted for 41% of the value of US grape imports from September 2021 to August 2022, down from 39% in the same period in 2021, but down from 64% in 2015 and nearly half its share 76% in 2000.

For berries, excluding strawberries, Chile accounted for 9% of total US imports in 2022, up from 14% in 2021, 21% in 2015, and 11% in 2000.

Chile accounts for 20% of US citrus imports by value in 2022, unchanged from 2021 and about the same as 2015.

In 2022, Chile gains large 2022 market share advantages for US imports of cherries (53%), plums (91%), peaches (98%) and apples (52%). For pears, Chile accounts for 18% of the value of US pear imports in 2022.

Chile accounts for 24% of US kiwifruit imports, up from 26% in 2021 and down from 41% in 2015.

For the next season, the Chilean Blueberry Committee, together with the consulting firm iQonsulting, has estimated an export volume of 98.228 tons of fresh blueberries from Chile for the 2022-23 season, 8% less than last year. Shipments to the US began in October and will continue through February, according to the committee.

Shipments of Chilean cherries to the US began the last week of October and will increase and continue through February, said Karen Brux, director general of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association.

Chile is the world's largest exporter of cherries, shipping 77,8 million boxes worldwide last year, he said. Chile projects that cherry exports to the US will see substantial growth in 2021-22, with nearly 13,000 metric tons expected for the US market this season.

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