Demand for Uruguayan fresh fruit is on the rise in the international market and this is reflected in last year’s export figures. In 2014, Uruguay exported 128,000 tonnes of fruit to 40 countries, with a value that exceeded US$ 115 million, 20% more than in the previous year.
Fruit shipments are also diversifying, even though the European market remains the preferred destination. Demand for Uruguayan fruit from the German market has significantly increased, with a 46% growth in 2014 compared to 2013.
Uruguay’s agro-intelligent production is based on traceability, health, adaptation to climate change, preservation of natural resources, its growing international presence and active policies for rural development.
According to the annual report Uruguay XXI, citrus fruits (oranges, mandarins, lemons, grapefruits and kinoto) remain the “flagship” category. For this, the European Union is the biggest client, particularly the Netherlands, Spain and the UK, in that order. The annual MGAP 2014 report, with data from 2013, says that nearly 115,000 tonnes of citrus were exported.
As for other fruits, pears, apples and peaches are the most important, with a total of 1,372 tonnes exported, but the long list of products shipped by Uruguay includes also plums, grapes, melons, watermelons, quinces and strawberries.
With the goal of further strengthening its position as a producer and exporter of quality horticultural products, Uruguay will take part from 4 to 6 February at Fruit Logistica, the show that brings the largest exhibitors and buyers together.
The Berlin-based fair has become a fundamental platform to promote Uruguayan companies, providing also a great opportunity to learn about the latest market trends.
This time, Fruit Logistica will welcome over 2,600 exhibitors and 62,000 visitors from 84 countries. Uruguay will be present with a 66 square metre stand, in which eight Uruguayan companies producing and exporting citrus and blueberries will be present: Azul Sereno, Brisa del Lago, Caputto, Gamorel, Guarino, Midgold, San Miguel and Urud’or, as well as Mercado Modelo.