Table grape imports into the US market in the first half of 2022 reached a new record, and the top three suppliers registered significant increases, according to data just released by the USDA.
Imports of this fruit increased 20% from year to year, from 1.6 billion dollars to 1.92 billion.
The figure meant that imports have more than doubled in the last decade during the first six months of the year, with $936 million recorded in 2012.
Chile, Mexico and Peru increased their exports of table grapes to the United States in double digits.
Chile increased its shipments to the market by 19 percent, from $630 million to $752 million. Mexico increased its exports by 14 per cent, from $544 million to $618 million. And shipments from Peru increased 37%, from $381 million to $521 million.
The volume of imports of table grapes also increased, but not as much as the value. From January to June this year, imports of table grapes from the United States grew by 14%, from 584,000 to 663,000 tons.
But in contrast to the value growth in the last decade, volumes have only increased 34 percent since 2012, when 494,000 tons were recorded in the first half of the year.