New estimate pegs 2018/19 export crop at 167,232 tonnes, a decrease of 7.1 per cent on the original forecast
Chilean cherry exports are projected to fall by 10.5 per cent on last season following the rain and hailstorms that struck central Chile earlier this month.
The forecast, which was released by the cherry committee after its latest crop estimate on 16 November, gives an export total of 33.45m cartons (5kg), or 167,232 tonnes. This is a 7.1 per cent decrease on the original estimate for 2018/19.
The estimate was made with information from 54 companies that together accounted for 80 per cent of the export industry last season.
China will once again absorb the lion’s share of exports, and unlocking further growth potential in the market will be key as the season advances.
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