Juice shipments at lowest level in 20 years
This year's exports have dropped by 47% when compared with the average export volumes during the first semester of the last five seasons.
The sales data takes into account the export of juice concentrate from the port of San Antonio and Bahia Blanca, which represent over 80% of the region's total exports.
Four companies account for 99% of total sales of juices abroad. Jugos del Sur, which accounts for 40% of the sales, Natural Juice, 30%, Jugos SA, 15%, and Sower, 14%.
The data relates to the information recently delivered by FUNBAPA, which shows that 180,000 tons of apples were destined for the export of concentrates in the first six months of the year. Nearly 26% less than in the first half of 2013 and 33% less when compared with the consolidated average of the past five seasons.
According to official statistics, 397,000 tons of apples were sent to the north of the Colorado River during this period, the lowest level in all of the years analysed. 25% of these were oriented to the export market, a little over 28% to the domestic market and the remaining 47% to industry. ■