In the final stretch of the 2021 season, Chilean kiwi exports (weeks 39-40) total 146,7347 tons, a volume that slightly exceeds (+ 1%) the volume exported on the same date of last year and surpasses the estimate for the period, which stood at 140,000 tons.
Europe was the main destination for the Chilean kiwis with a total of 52,136 tons. Shipments to the Netherlands had an outstanding 51% increase amounting to 16,885 tons. It was followed by Latin America, where shipments to Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil increased by 46%, 10%, and 6% over 2020, respectively. However, the big surprise this season was North America, a region that imported 26,581 tons of Chilean kiwi, i.e. 26% more than in the previous year.
Meanwhile, in the Far East, India consolidated itself as the main importer with 13,856 tons - 64% of the region's share - and a 26% increase over the same date of last year.
Regarding the varietal distribution, both the Hayward and yellow pulp varieties present a positive balance this season, with a + 1% variation for the Hayward variety and a + 7% variation for the yellow varieties, where the Dori variety stands out with a + 33% increase.
The Hayward is the main variety exported by Chile with 143,229 tons and a 98% participation of all Chilean kiwi exports. Exports of the non-Hayward varieties amounted to 3,518 tons, i.e. +4% over the last season, and a 2% share of the total. These exports are led by the Jintao (1,890 tons) and Dori (664 tons) varieties.
What is the current situation of the global kiwi market?
Now that the season is coming to its end, many of the northern markets that were being supplied by the southern hemisphere are beginning to sell their local kiwi productions. Thus, the Chilean supply is increasingly scarce in Europe, while the Greek and Italian kiwi are beginning to dominate the market.
In the US, volumes are increasingly scarce. There's not much kiwi from Chile left to be marketed and some kiwi from New Zealand which could extend its season into November, while the market waits for higher volumes from California.
In China, one of the markets with the greatest decline for Chile this season, the campaign continues with good volumes, although with some logistics problems given higher freight costs. Meanwhile, in Latin America, the current scarcity of supply has managed to maintain the interest on the part of consumers. However, the first kiwis from Greece have already arrived in this market.