Peruvian avocados: Export value grew to record US$800M in 2018
Exports off Peruvian avocados in all forms grew to a record US$800 million last year, which is 26% higher than the 2017 figure, according to the Lima Chamber of Commerce.
The fruit was shipped to 35 destinations, led by the Netherlands with US$275 million, the U.S. with US$191 million and Spain with US$111 million.
Avocado export growth has skyrocketed over the last 10 years, with trade in 2008 valued at just US$84.8 million.
Monica Chavez of the Chamber of Commerce said: "With these results, Peruvian avocados are demonstrating that they are not just a fashionable product, but part of a consumption trend in the most demanding international markets.
"The growing external demand has led to avocados being exported both as a fresh product as well as frozen, purée, salsas, oils and more."
Peru over the last 10 years has also gained access to as many markets including China, Costa Rica, South Korea, Belgium, Russia, Australia, Portugal New Zealand, the UAE and India.