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Peru: Organic exports increasing

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Peru’s organic product exports reached $46 million between January and March in 2011, up 48.3 percent compared to the same period last year, PromPerú reported.

The institution said that this figure shows the world’s preferences for healthy products, including organic foods, Andina reports.

Such tendency can be seen mainly in Europe and Asia, due to the interest of their population to maintain good health by consuming food without pesticides, preservatives and other chemical additives.

Organic bananas led in the first quarter of 2011 exports with US $ 17 million in sales, a 17.9 percent increase. The main markets are the United States, Belgium and Germany.

Organic coffee ranked second at US $16 million. The main importers of this product are the United States and Germany.

The organic cacao is the third largest export product with US$5 million, a 33.6 percent increase.

Quinoa and organic mango are being exported to New Zealand, while the maca and yacón organic markets are in the Czech Republic and South Africa.

Netherlands tops the list of target markets for Peruvian organic products with 28 percent participation and $13 million in purchases, which represented an increase of 24.3 percent in the first quarter last year.

The United States ranked second with 23 percent of total orders and $10 million in sales, which represented a 52.3 percent increase.

In third place is Germany with 12 percent of the market, followed by the United Kingdom and Switzerland. In these two countries, organic coffee orders recorded gains.

Organic products were shipped to 32 markets, two more than the same period in 2010, and there were 102 exporting firms in the sector, 20 more compared to the first quarter last year.

In 2010 Peruvian exports of organic products totaled US$213 million.

Source: Promperu

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