The global grape market is currently experiencing significant shifts due to a series of unexpected weather events in key producing regions. These events have led to notable losses in some areas, impacting the overall supply and subsequently affecting market prices. Today we look at the state of the grape market while recapping the seasons in Northern Peru, California, Chile, and South Africa, and their repercussions on the global grape market.
California, a major grape-producing region, is potentially facing a staggering 50% loss in total crop yield. This significant reduction is attributed to a combination of factors, including unseasonably hot weather, wildfires, and conditions experienced from Tropical Storm Hillary. The impact of these adverse events has been devastating, exacerbating the challenges already faced by the region. The resulting 40-50% loss in California’s grape production was one of the first dominos felt through the global market.
Chile appears to have weathered the storm relatively well, with grapes looking healthy overall. While there was some rain, it is projected to have minimal impact on the crop. This is positive news for the market, as Chile plays a pivotal role in global grape exports. However, with ongoing shifts in weather patterns, it remains important to monitor the situation closely.
South Africa’s grape market is currently in a favorable position, with a good crop yield expected. Fortunately, it is anticipated that the hex rains will not significantly impact the region’s production. This stability in supply from South Africa provides a welcome contrast to the challenges faced by other key producing regions.
Northern Peru, a crucial player in the global grape market, has encountered a substantial setback with a 20-25% loss in crop yield. Adverse weather conditions early in the season, including excessive rains and floods, created unfavorable conditions for grape production. This has led to a drop in volume and issues with mildew, affecting the quality of sweet globes. The result is a significant loss of over 9 million cartons, putting a strain on the global grape supply chain.
The increasing frequency of El Niño and La Niña events is undoubtedly affecting grape production globally. These climate phenomena introduce unpredictability into the growing conditions, making it challenging for growers and customers to anticipate yields accurately and resulting in a demand massively exceeding supply.
So where do customers look? Stay tuned for our Southern Peru grape update, a glimmer of positivity as they head into what will be a very busy grape harvest and selling season.
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