Peru dominates quinoa, organic banana, and fresh asparagus markets

As California faces historic drought, the US may have to rely on others for the produce that we take for granted. One potential supplier is Peru. Blessed with an abundance of rich topsoil & ample food stocks, Peru may continue to grow as a popular source of everything from avocados to quinoa.

via Peru dominates quinoa, organic banana, and fresh asparagus markets – Peru this Week.

Peru’s exports of fresh asparagus, organic banana, and quinoa have surpassed all top producers, making the Andean country number one in these markets world-wide, according to the Peruvian Exporters’ Association (Adex).

In addition to these products, Peru has become the second largest exporter in canned asparagus and artichoke, organic fine cocoa and hass avocados.

Further analysis by Adex proves that 2014 figures support that Peru is the third largest exporter of dried paprika, Lima bean and specialty coffees, and the fifth major supplier of table grapes, mango, and paprika powder.

In terms of growth for these products, grapes sales registered a dramatic growth of 368% in 2014 from 2009, reaching $640 million.

In 2014 avocado sales were worth US$ 306 million making Peru the second largest exporter worldwide. And finally, fresh mango exports grew 93% from 2009 to 2014, making US$ 137 million in sales last year.

In February, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) announced quinoa, grapes, avocado, and cacao crops in Peru grew considerably in surface area last year, according to Gestion. This could mean a steadily growing market for these products and a healthy industry.

Peru’s agro-exports sustained an average annual growth of 20% between 2000 and 2014, according to a report by the Peruvian Association of Exporters (ADEX).

via Peru dominates quinoa, organic banana, and fresh asparagus markets – Peru this Week.

While Peruvian exports have been falling overall, the increases in agro-exports is increasing. Your local grocery store veggies may soon say “Product of Peru.” Sounds delicious!

©2015 Ben Gangloff

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