The Peruvian table grape industry is forecast to export a record volume of fruit in the upcoming season, with the first estimate pegging shipments at 62.5 million boxes.
Rain and snow fell in the Atacama desert region in Chile last week, which affected an area that produces 10 percent of the country's table grapes.
Industry members are working together for system approach protocols to be allowed for shipments of the fruit into the U.S. this season.
Over the last 10 years, the table grape industry has shown great dynamism, especially in the Southern Hemisphere, with numerous changes taking place.
Southern Hemisphere table grape varieties have expanded over the last ten years and are expected to continue to grow in popularity, leaving the older varieties behind.
In addition, if forecasts are realized, this year could also mark the first time Peru surpasses Chile in production, the USDA report said.