21/05/2021 | Chile

Chilean Kiwi Committee: lower production volumes, however enhanced quality of kiwifruit

According to the latest Kiwi Report of the Chilean Kiwi Committee, this season there are lower production volumes, however the mild summer influenced in reaching good levels of dry matter and soluble solids in the fruit, characteristics that ensure good conditions of storage and an extended supply.


Carlos Cruzat, the president of the Committee, commented that despite the high demand in the markets, the Chilean harvests have been carried out without a rush to achieve good quality.


He added that together with a lower production expected for this season, and the rise in demand for the fruit, conditioned by its high concentration of vitamin C, today there is a significant demand from the markets for kiwis in the southern hemisphere.


According to Cruzat, the increases in harvest maturity parameters achieved by the Committee members in the last five seasons reflected in better storage and consumer satisfaction. The rise in consumption and demand for kiwi was observed not only in traditional markets, but also in markets in Southeast Asia and India.




Chilean kiwifruit shipments to international markets in weeks 18-19 totaled 35.436 tons, a figure that is 16 % lower than the result of the same period of the previous season (42.001 tons).


Europe is the main destination (13.321 tons); followed by Latin America (7.415 tons), and the United States and Canada with 6.092 tons.


Regarding the destination markets, the majority show decreases compared to the previous year, except North America +14 % and Latin America +1 %.


Within the downside markets, the Far East decreased by 40 % compared to the same period last year, with China and Japan leading the decline.


Meanwhile India has shown an increase of 76 %, being the only country in the area which has shown growth compared to 2020, and positioning itself in the region as the second destination market.


The most distributed variety was Hayward (94%), while the yellow varieties, mainly Dori and Jintao, represented 5%.




source: asoex.cl

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