Peruvian avocado exports soared in both volume and value during the 2017 season, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri).
The entity said export volumes rose 27% year-on-year to 247,000 metric tons (MT), with the value soaring 46% to US$580 million.
According to International Trade Center data, in 2016 Peru became the world’s second-larger avocado exporter by volume, ahead of Chile and behind Mexico.
Avocados are now Peru’s third-most-important agricultural export, after coffee and table grapes.
The main markets during the 2017 season were the Netherlands, the U.S., Spain, England, China and Chile, collectively receiving 95% of exports by value.
National avocado production last year was 470,000MT, with 80% of volumes coming from La Libertad, Lima, Ica and Junín.