More than half of all Chilean grape exports this season are expected to be newer varieties, according to an estimate from the Table Grape Committee of the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX).
New varieties will account for almost 37 million boxes, while traditional varieties, including Red Globe, will make up about 31 million boxes. New white varieties will exceed 13 million boxes, black varieties 4 million boxes and red varieties 18 million.
Arra 15, Timpson, Sweet Globe, Autumncrisp, Blanc Seedless and Cotton Candy are among the main new white varieties. The standout black varieties include Sweet Favors, Sable Seedless, Sweet Sapphire, Maylen and Midnight Beauty, while Timco, Allison, Sweet Celebration, Scarlotta Seedless, Arra 29, Jack Salute, Candy Hearts and Ralli Seedless are among the main players for newer red varieties.
Volumes from Chile are expected be down about 8.9% this season, due in large part to the influx of new varieties.
“Our new estimate shows a slight increase from December, driven by an increase in exports of new varieties, especially white and red, versus a decrease in shipments of traditional varieties,” said ASOEX’s president, Iván Marambio. “It’s great news that the industry’s commitment to varietal renewal is beginning to be seen in our shipments, because consumers will be able to enjoy better tasting, higher quality Chilean grapes.”
North America will continue to be the main destination for Chilean grapes, taking around 37.2 million boxes, followed by Asia with almost 14 million boxes and Europe with 9 million boxes.