Peruvian grapes: Stealing Chile's sunshine? - The Packer

Peruvian grapes: Stealing Chile's sunshine?

02/14/2012 10:40:00 AM
Tom Karst

TK: The USDA's latest shipment numbers show that through Feb. 11, Peru has exported 74.29 million pounds of grapes to the U.S. this season, up from 49.6 million pounds the same time a year ago. Meanwhile, Chile's grape shipments to the U.S. so far this season rate 264 million pounds, down from 286 million pounds through Feb. 11  a year ago.

USDA trade numbers show that U.S. imports of Chilean grapes last year totaled 400,000 metric tons, down from 408,000 metric tons in 2010 and 458,000 metric tons in 2009. U.S. imports of Peruvian grapes totaled about 30,000 metric tons in 2011, up from 17,000 metric tons in 2010 and 13,000 metric tons in 2009.

The value of Chilean grape imports to the U.S. totaled $631 million in 2011, down from  $740 million in 2010 and $702 million in 2009. Meanwhile, value of U.S. imports of Peruvian grapes has surged from $31 million in 2009 to $49 million in 2010 and $84 million in 2011.

Coverage in The Packer has also noted Peru's emergence, though cost factors have not mentioned. From the Dec. 26 issue and reporting by Jim Offner:

"The strength of our deal here is Peru," said Dan Carpella Jr., director of sales and marketing with Pittsgrove, N.J.-based Nathel International.

Carpella was asked how Peru's total production compared to Chile's.

"Right now, I'd say it's a good complement and that's all it is to Chile," he said.   "That could change in the next five-plus years, though. Peru's table grapes are a much smaller crop than Chile's. They're available at times when Chile tends to be short, so it fits well. But there could be some competition down the road."

Peru has the potential to be a major competitor to Chile, said Mike Bowe, vice president of Dave's Specialty Imports Inc., Coral Springs, Fla.

"Peru can grow just about anything, but it's only now being organized," he said.   "Argentina has difficulties with some of the organizational aspects of the business. They don't have the logistics that Chile does. Peru, the same kind of thing. They need the lanes. Again, it's a wait-and-see at this point."

TK: The trend is with Peruvian grapes, and the reported lower input costs in Peru make it likely the market share growth in the U.S. market compared with Chile  will continue for a few years. Check out the USDA grape imports stats by month here.

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Guillermo Paredes    
San Francisco CA. USA  |  February, 24, 2012 at 08:47 AM

Peru is a country with excellent grapes. Chile export his grapes and befote they were buying Peruvian grapes to make chilean wines. Now Peru export it to USA. Chile is proud for his wines because of the Peruvian grapes

December, 10, 2014 at 08:18 PM

yes, but peruvians don't know anything about wine--- I am peruvian by the way

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