Peru exporters eye the U.S. as a growing market

09/25/2012 08:29:00 AM
Chris Koger

“We’re looking for customers,” said Piet-Hein Briet, in sales and marketing for Sociedad Agraria Estanislao del Chimu. “This show is very successful. I went to Hong Kong for Asia Fruit Logistica (Sept. 4-6), but just having a small stand here, it’s been more successful, with more contacts.”

His company is in its second year of exporting grapes to the U.S. (shipments began the week of Sept. 24) and will ship its first avocados when the export season starts in March.

Moises Huerta, commercial specialist with the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C., said his agency invited U.S. importers to the expo, including Unifrutti’s Economou.

“This is the biggest food show in Latin America,” Huerta said. “Peruvian exports have grown as a whole and the U.S. is certainly a very important market."


U.S. buyers included Criss Ramirez, sourcing manager for San Antonio-based retailer H-E-B’s global sourcing department, who was scouting for “jarred” processed fruit and vegetable products. She, too, had a positive experience at the expo, making contacts with potential suppliers.


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prosper    
Prosperville CA  |  September, 25, 2012 at 09:41 AM

As you promise the Peruvians big money it will be fun destroying them and every importer that brings that grapes into the US market. Just ask the Brazillians about the false promises of every importer from the USA. Do yourself a favor Peru, keep planting red globes for Asia, and leave the USA alone.

Michael withakker    
USA miami  |  September, 26, 2012 at 06:22 AM

Don't really get your comment Prosper. I have been importing from Peru, and have payed our suppliers the money they need in order to make good margins. Grapes in the season we don't have any, gives them the return they need.... Go peru

Rosamaria    
Lima Peru  |  September, 25, 2012 at 02:00 PM

congratulations on this great note about our IV EXPO fair in Peru!! special thanks to Chris Koger! keep up the good work The Packer!

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