Another year of explosive growth in the Peruvian grape market is on tap for the U.S., according to USDA’s annual report on Peru’s fresh grape outlook. Since 2016, U.S. Peruvian grape imports have seen explosive growth, increasing in value from $226 million to more than $550 million during that time. Imports in the last year alone climbed 14% to over 196,000 metric tons. With an anticipated record production in Peru of 700,000 metric tons, exports typically peak between December and January.

Good weather, plenty of precipitation and growing demand contribute to the record growth. Peruvian growers can mature grape vines 55% faster than other countries. The U.S. continues to be a top market for the western-South-American country.

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