Santiago, March 7th, 2019.- According to the Crop Report prepared by the Chilean Prune Processors and Exporters Trade Association (Chile Prunes), considering the 2019 crop plus carry-over, the availability of marketable prunes (size count 100 or bigger) is estimated at 68,632 metric tons, representing 13% less than the previous season, mainly due to higher exports of fresh prunes and a low ending-stock.
Although 2019 crop is estimated at 93,000 gross metric tons (all sizes), which represents 4% more than the previous season, we must consider that the fresh prune exports were 328% higher than 2018, reaching 17,416 metric tons in dry equivalence. By discounting these exports, Chile estimates a marketeable crop (size count 100 or bigger) of 59,507 metric tons , which means a decrease of 12% compared to 2018.
On the other hand, it is important to highlight the lower marketeable carry-over (size count 100 or bigger) that Chile has upto February 28th, estimated at 9,125 metric tons, which is 16% less than the previous year.
The Chilean industry has commited to the mission of developing agronomic practices to achieve a higher average size. In 2016 the marketable sizes (count 100 or bigger) corresponded to 67% of the crop and this year is expected to reach 78%, with low availability of small sizes.