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Peruvian asparagus importers keep retailers informed


Overview of the Peruvian asparagus season, complemented by charts from Agronometrics.  

Original published in ThePacker.com on December 8, 2020 

The Peruvian Asparagus Importers Association encourages retailers to promote Peruvian asparagus throughout December 2020 and into the New Years’ holiday.

December’s steady harvesting, packing and shipping results in the freshest product at U.S. retailer shelves. Fortunately labor issues in Peru are currently being resolved and PAIA membership believe the asparagus supply chain and U.S. consumption will not see any notable challenges.

PAIA members have forecasted and estimated steady volumes of quality asparagus imports from Peru for the next several weeks. Importers have communicated with their retailers stating this is excellent timing for retailers’ promotions now moving into and through the holidays. Nevertheless, asparagus sales, joined with retailer promotions, will result in increased consumption.

PAIA Importers have long standing relationships with retailers and seek to empower their retailers to sell more asparagus. PAIA members know the industry asparagus volume forecasts / trends and work closely with their retailers to make the most of peak performance times for promotion.

Volumes (in KG) of Asparagus from Peru in the US market
Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

“PAIA is an industry association, and we will be celebrating our twenty year anniversary in 2021,”states Priscilla Lleras-Bush, PAIA Director. The Peruvian Asparagus Importers Association represents 95% of top importers and producers of quality asparagus.

Peru has been exporting asparagus to the United States for over 30 years and it is one of the largest sources of asparagus for the United States. Fresh asparagus from Peru is year-round. Peru’s significant supply enables U.S. retailers and consumers’ access to the most nutritious vegetable, specifically when other supply regions would simply not exist.

Origins of Asparagus import in the US market
Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)


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