Chilean walnut exports climb in H1
Statistics from the Office of Agricultural Research and Policy (ODEPA) show Turkey continued to be the leading destination with 16,835MT in purchases, representing year-on-year growth of 87%.
Italy ranked second for imports of Chilean walnuts for the period, with growth of 24% to 2,263MT.
From July 1-23, Chile exported 4,118MT of the nut, compared to 3,685MT for the whole month in 2014.
The situation was different for shelled walnuts, which make up a much lower percentage of Chile's total walnut shipments. For the first six months of 2015, exports were down 11% year-on-year.
Italy, Brazil and South Korea were the main destinations for the processed product, each with a 13-14% share of imports; exports to Italy rose 74% to 575MT, while Brazil and South Korea saw falls of 25%.
Brazil used to be the leading market for shelled walnuts, but its participation fell from 30% to 17% from 2010 to 2014.
South Korea also reduced its imports of U.S. shelled walnuts during the period by some 20% year-on-year; in the East Asian country, the U.S. had 83% of the market, while Chile was the number two player with 17%.