Chilean peach production has to strike a balance between supply and demand

From Fresh Plaza | 1 December 2022

Overview of peaches from Chile in the U.S. market, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published on October 28, 2022. 

Chile is one of the major exporters of peaches to the Southern Hemisphere, supplying fruit to the countries of the Northern Hemisphere, especially the US and Latin America. Seasonal availability of this rich fruit with delicate aroma, juicy and yellowish pulp is mainly from December to March and its cultivation is concentrated in V and VI regions (Valparaíso, Santiago and Rancagua).

Peaches have been relatively stable. The United States has lost export volume in recent years, but it has been picked up by Latin America. Asia exports zero quantity as peaches are not well harvested and hence there is no market and relatively little is exported to Europe.

peach volumes by origin 1

Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

In this Latin American peach market, which represents more than 40% of the total volume, more than half the volume goes to Mexico, a country that is interested in the yellow varieties and obtains all sizes.

Peaches are one of the most exported Chilean fruits, but since the markets are far away, they must be refrigerated, in good condition and avoided to be eaten.

Peach markets – Mexico, Brazil and the US – have remained the same over time, the volume should not be exceeded for the latter country, always be attentive to the markets as they are dynamic, with good brix and good postharvest varieties are quality because they are demanding.

The News in Charts is a collection of stories from the industry complemented by charts from Agronometrics to help better tell their story.

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