From the North of Peru, in Chepén, the company has started the harvest of Sweet Globe® and is moving forward with other premium varieties in the following weeks.
After great results in mandarins and avocados from Peru, San Miguel starts the 2020/2021 Peruvian grape season with great expectations and projections to increase production by almost one thousand tons due to certain measures implemented by the company.
In addition to the challenges that the company had to face to continue operating during the Covid-19 pandemic, this year temperatures were lower than the historical average in Peru. Fortunately, the Peruvian grape season began without problems in November. “We have implemented a number of corrective measures that have allowed us to reach the harvest season having mitigated risks,” said Pablo Zócalo, Operations Manager at San Miguel in Peru.
“The fruit looks very well, with well-formed and homogeneous clusters. We have been working hard to improve quality. We have put nets to prevent birds from reaching the trees in 70% of our fields and we have finished consolidating the packing operation into a single facility within the farm with the support of a strategic partner. This allows us to accelerate transfer times, minimizing dehydration losses and maximizing the use of this crop,” continued Pablo.
At Chepén farms, San Miguel produces four premium seedless varieties Sweet Globe®, Sweet Sapphire®, Jack’s Salute® y Sugar Crisp®. Green grapes account for 74% of production, mostly Sweet Globe®, the most demanded variety.
Peruvian grapes are exported mainly to the United States, followed by China and some European countries. This year we expect the Peruvian grape volume to grow 15% from the previous season, especially the premium varieties, which are mainly sent to this North American country.
Commercial relation with US and China
San Miguel has been growing its presence in the United States, consolidating in the 2019/20 season as the second Peruvian exporter of green seedless grapes to this country. The Sweet Globe® variety enters during a strategic window, in the California grape transition and prior to the entry of Chilean grapes. To complement the supply of green grapes, San Miguel also offers the Sugar Crisp® variety within this window. “At this destination our top focus is to develop greater depth in our programs with the main supermarkets. We have been working with these retailers for several years now” highlights Anya Jaworski, Avocado and Grape Manager at San Miguel
On the other hand, China, the world's largest grape producer, has been increasing its green seedless grape production. “The presence of local green seedless grapes helps a lot to drive demand in the counter-season because Chinese consumers start to incorporate them in their consumption habits and expect to find them in the shelves all year round. We enter in an early window, just before the Chinese New Year, with a premium quality grape. That is why we expect a good demand for the transition between their own fruit and counter-season fruit,” explains Anya Jaworski, Product Manager for Avocado and Grapes at San Miguel.
All varieties commercialized by San Miguel from Peru are premium, seedless and have good flavor. Green grapes account for 74% of production, mostly Sweet Globe®, the most demanded variety and known as “the queen of green grapes” for its sweet flavor, great size and crunchy texture. On the other hand, 24% are Sugar Crisp® grapes, which are harvested and sent just when the shipments of the former are finishing (near New Year), complementing supply. As regards red grapes, the company commercializes Jack’s Salute®, the most demanded variety of this segment.