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Chilean grape exports climbing along with new varieties

The first shipments of Chilean grapes are scheduled for mid-November, and the Table Grape Committee of the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association is projecting a 5 percent growth in exports.

The committee is forecasting 63.78 million 18-pound boxes. “This projected growth is due primarily to an increase in the production of new varieties, which will represent 63 percent of Chile’s total fresh grape exports this season, close to 40 million boxes,” said ASOEX President Iván Marambio.

The U.S. continues to be the main destination market for Chilean table grapes, despite challenges that are delaying the approval of the Systems Approach protocol for exports. For the upcoming 2023-24 season, the U.S. is projected to take 56 percent of overall shipments.

“This first estimate clearly reflects the commitment of Chilean producers and exporters to supply their global markets and consumers with the best varieties,” said Marambio. The committee projects that within the next two years, 70 percent of grape shipments will consist of new varieties. This is a significant increase from 55 percent during the 2022-23 season.

The committee’s coordinator, Ignacio Caballero, said green grapes will experience the most growth. “We expect an increase of 16 percent in green grape volume over the previous season, with impressive increases in Sweet Globe, Autumn Crisp and Arra 15 varieties," he said.

Exports of green grape varieties are projected to be around 22.9 million boxes, of which 74.4 percent will be new varieties.

Shipments of red varieties are expected to exceed 24.9 million boxes, of which 74.1 percent will correspond to new varieties. Timco, Allison and Sweet Celebration are some of the main standouts among the red varieties.

As for black grapes, exports will be around 6 million boxes, with 76.5 percent new varieties, including Sable Seedless, Sweet Favors and Sweet Sapphire.

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