With more than 8,000 tons shipped to North America through Week 20, the Chilean kiwifruit season is underway. Retail promotions will kick off in mid-June and continue through August.
While the Chilean Kiwifruit Committee projects an overall decrease in volume of 14 percent compared with last season, fruit quality is expected to be strong says Carlos Cruzat, president of the Committee. “Fruit this year is between one and one and a half sizes larger and dry matter--which plays a key role in the consumer’s eating experience--is greater than previous seasons,” says Cruzat. This is the result of a warm summer with healthy water supply.
This season, Chile expects to export a total of 116,093 tons of kiwifruit.
Chile shipped 134,992 tons of kiwifruit across the globe in 2022 with the U.S., Netherlands and Brazil as its top three markets. India has also grown substantially over the past few years becoming the fourth-largest market for the Chilean kiwifruit industry in 2022.
This season, Chile expects to export a total of 116,093 tons. The U.S. received 20,221 tons in 2022, with similar volumes projected this season, but increases are on the horizon. With new orchards coming into production over the next few years, Chile anticipates volume to grow by more than 80 percent by 2030.
In previous years, Chile had shipped around 35-40 percent of total kiwifruit volume by Week 20 but this year, that figure has grown to 52 percent.
With that in mind, the Committee is focusing on the June through August time frame for promotions. CFFA’s merchandisers are lining up everything from digital coupons and instant savings programs to online ad campaigns. The Committee is promoting heavily on the Fruits from Chile social media platforms, including a new TikTok channel, and sharing content with retailers to incorporate into their social media programs. Chilean Kiwifruit promotions will continue throughout the month of August.
“Retailers understand the potential of the kiwifruit category and want to partner with us to grow their kiwifruit sales,” says Karen Brux, managing director the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA). “There’s a great story to tell about kiwifruit. It has a phenomenal nutrition profile, a unique tangy flavor and is versatile.”