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Peruvian grape production continues to climb

Peruvian grape production continues to climb

Despite exporting virtually no grapes as recently as 13 years ago, Peruvian grape exports were worth $ 365 million last year. That rapid growth has been driven by increasing production by the nation’s growers.

Although, according to a report by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, the cost of planting new vineyards remains high, good prices and good returns on investment keep growers planting more acreage. That’s contributed to strong growth in production, with an estimated 305,000 MT for the current year. Of that production, it’s estimated 150,000 MT will be exported.

The primary markets for Peruvian grapes are the Netherlands and the US. Last year, 27,516 MT were shipped to the Netherlands and 25,420 MT were shipped to the US. The value of grape exports last year was estimated at $ 365 million.

Publication date: 6/28/2013
Author: Carlos Nunez

Peruvian Hass avocados to Japan mid-2015

The procedures carried out by Peru to be able to export Hass avocado to Japan, which started over five years ago, could be completed in the next four months, as announced by the head of the National Agricultural Health Service (SENASA), Jorge Barrenechea.

“We are about to finish the work plan with Japan, which will conclude in a public hearing; thus, we expect the issue to be resolved by April (2015). That entails that by mid-2015, in the worst case scenario, the Japanese market will be open to our Hass avocados,” he said.

Other destinations

He reported that, by 2015, the procedures with China for the entry of the same avocado variety will also be completed.

To this we must add that SENASA is already about to open the Korean market for mangoes.

Likewise, for next year, it is expected that Brazil will grant access to Peruvian citrus and flowers, to which end SENASA is working with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Brazilian Embassy in Lima.

Barrenechea pointed out that, in 2015, it is also expected that the United States will improve access for mangoes and citrus from Peru.

“In this case, we want the U.S. to authorise the entry of large mangoes, of over 650 grams, as this country currently imposes restrictions on mangoes lighter than 650 grams,” he stated.

In the case of citrus, SENASA seeks to increase the number of areas in Peru authorised to export to the U.S. market.

Citrus are only exported from Piura, Lambayeque, Lima, Ica and Junín. The goal is for Arequipa, La Libertad and Ancash to also be authorised.


Furthermore, to strengthen the promotion for the access of more Peruvian products to international markets, the head of SENASA announced that the Government will finish a project in January intended to ensure the presence of agricultural agents in Peru’s business offices overseas (OCEX).

SENASA will designate staff specialised in resolving sanitary and phytosanitary issues with the goal of speeding up the procedures for access to the country’s products.

Winter organic Peruvian grapes begin

Winter organic Peruvian grapes begin

Awe Sum Organics, one of the largest importers of organic apples and organic kiwifruit in North America, has just kicked off the second season of their exclusive organic Peruvian grape program. The first organic green seedless Sugraones arrived in mid-November, and quality reports have been outstanding. These grapes have been in development since early 2007 when David Posner, Founder and CEO of Awe Sum Organics, dreamed of creating an organic grape program in the winter months to compliment the domestic grape season. David and his team are very excited to see the second harvest season of this Awe Sum project begin. “The bunches of our organic Sugraones have a nice shape with large berries and are incredibly sweet, crisp and flavorful,” says David. 

With the vines in their second year of production, Awe Sum Organics expects to see a larger crop this season. Nick Moless, Program Manager for Awe Sum Organics said “the greater supply will be welcomed, and allow us to reach more customers with this amazing product; however, demand is still projected to well outpace supply.”

Awe Sum Organics plans to start shipping organic Red Crimson seedless grapes by mid-December. The harvest was underway in Peru two weeks ago when Mr. Posner travelled to the vineyard to see the fruit in the field, the current harvest, and the fruit being packed in the new state-of-the art packing facility. “Our Crimson Seedless have a beautiful color and also great flavor, with a smaller berry size than our Sugraones,” said Mr. Posner. The total volume of the Crimsons will be much more limited than the Sugraones, and the crop will have a shorter window. 

The organic grape program will finish with organic seeded Red Globes, which start after the seedless varieties end, around the first of the year. The Red Globes will boast the largest berry size of all three varieties, as well as exceptional color and eating quality. The organic Red Globes will be available in larger volumes than the organic seedless Crimsons. Awe Sum is pleased with the reception the Red Globe seeded grapes received last season. “Some customers expressed concern about their ability to sell organic seeded grapes,” stated Mr. Moless, “and many started by trying out a small volume. What they found was their customers bought them in similar volumes as the seedless varieties.”

One of the aspects of the program that Awe Sum Organics is most proud of is the fact that they are Fair for Life certified by IMO Switzerland as well as 100% of their organic grape production. Fair for Life certification guarantees fair wages, good working conditions and social responsibility at each and every stage of production and throughout the distribution chain.

Since 1985, Awe Sum Organics has been a leader in the organic movement. “Throughout our growth, we have remained dedicated to the principles on which Awe Sum Organics was founded. In addition to outstanding taste and quality, our fruit embodies core ethics which we will never compromise. We believe in doing what is right for humankind, and the environment as a whole,” said David. 

Each Awe Sum Organics grape carton is an 18lb minimum, containing 12 zipper bags.

For more information:
Awe Sum Organics
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 831-462-2244

Publication date: 12/2/2014

Peru: Peruvian citrus and avocados will enter the Chinese market in March 2015

Peru: Peruvian citrus and avocados will enter the Chinese market in March 2015

Juan Manuel Benites Ramos, Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, said he felt optimistic because the Peruvian fresh citrus and fresh avocados would enter the Chinese market in March 2015.

In this regard, he noted that he was going to travel with Jorge Barrenechea Cabrera, head of the National Service of Agrarian Health (SENASA), to China in order to unlock some health issues.

“We received a Chinese delegation in Peru so they could see our production mechanism and our technological level so that they could be at ease,” he said.

In that regard, he stressed the importance of opening more markets for the country’s agricultural exports, especially now that many new lands have come into production.

“We’re en route to opening new markets; after China, follows Japan, South Korea, and Thailand, amongst others,” he said.

Benites Ramos also stated that another issue that was discussed with China was the possibility of reaching an agreement to develop the Pampas irrigation project (between Ica and Arequipa), which would irrigate 300,000 hectares. This project will require a large investment.


Publication date: 11/20/2014