Peru Boosts Pomegranate, Avocado Exports to Russia

Pile of fresh green avocados

Peruvian fruit and vegetable exports to Russia grew by 17% in value and volume year-on-year in the first nine months of this year, Fresh Plaza reports.

The country shipped 22,796 tons of the fruits worth 34.2 million dollars. The main export products were pomegranate (35% share), fresh grapes (18%), and avocados (18%), according to data from commercial intelligence agency Fresh Fruit.

Up until September 2019, 19% of Peruvian pomegranate exports were destined for Russia, making it the second most relevant market for this fruit. Peru shipped 7,275 tons of pomegranate to Russia for a value of around $14 million. Pomegranate shipments to Russia increased by 34% in volume and 10% in value over the same period of last year.

“The companies that made the most shipments are ExportadoraFruticoladel Sur (with 20% participation), Agrovictoria (15%), and CorporacionAgrolatina (13%),” the agency stated.

Meanwhile, grape exports to the Russian market in the first nine months of 2019 increased by 31% in value and 37% in volume, amounting to $6.5 million and 3,894 tons. Fresh Fruit noted that Russia is the second-largest importer of fresh grapes in the world and has a growing demand for Peruvian products. In this sector, the main exporters were Agricola San Jose (with 11% participation) and ExportadoraSafco Peru (9%).

Finally, avocado shipments increased by 101% in value and 103% in volume. Peru shipped 3,347 tons of avocado worth $6.3 million to Russia in the aforementioned period. The leading avocado exporting companies in the period were Agrocosta Peru (17% share), Sterling Peru (15%), and AgroindustriasCheccobamba (13%).