Still, this season, with the combination of that downward momentum and growing problems in Chile, totals will likely be closer to 40 million boxes, Pandol said.
“We’re getting a slightly larger piece of a smaller pie,” he said.
Karen Brux, North American managing director of the Sonoma, Calif.-based Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, also reported strong demand at the beginning of the 2012-13 season.
“Demand and pricing are very strong, and we expect this to hold steady in the coming weeks,” Brux said Jan. 14.
“The late California varieties were short this season, and with Peru and Brazil winding down, this presents a very strong market for Chilean grapes.”