Kiwifruit Overview

An Expert's View about Tropical and Subtropical Fruits, Sugar Cane in Italy

Posted on: 29 Sep 2012

Italy produces around 70 percent of the northern hemisphere’s kiwis, thereby confirming its position as a leading global supplier.

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Voluntary Public - Date: 9/12/2012 GAIN Report Number: IT1229 Italy Post: Rome Kiwifruit Overview Report Categories: Kiwifruit Approved By: Christine Sloop Prepared By: Ornella Bettini Report Highlights: Italy produces around 70 percent of the northern hemisphere’s kiwis, thereby confirming its position as a leading global supplier. Overview Italy produces around 70 percent of the northern hemisphere’s kiwis, thereby confirming its position as a leading global supplier. Italy is Europe’s top kiwi producer with 448,232 MT (metric tons) in MY2011/12, up 12 percent from MY2010/11. Approximately 75 percent of production is exported. Kiwi’s commercial calendar goes from November to May. The leading producing region are Latina (7,200 ha); Piedmont (4,950 ha); Emilia Romagna (3,250 ha), and Veneto (3,200 ha). The most common variety planted is the Hayward. Recently, nine suppliers have formed a marketing Consortium mainly from the Emilia Romagna and Veneto regions: Spreafico, Naturitalia, Salvi-Unacoa, Granfrutta Zani, Frutta C2, Orogel Fresco, Pempacorer, Minguzzi, and Consorzio Kiwigold. These companies jointly represent more than 100,000 tonnes of Hayward kiwis or around 20 per cent of the country’s total output. Kiwifruit Production in 2011 G Total eographical uction Total Harvested Ar Ar Prod ea eas He Area production production ctare Hectares Metric Tons Metric Tons s North 13,076 11,510 243,243 242,108 Center 8,547 8,067 134,775 119,488 South 3,307 2,934 70,214 69,961 ITALY 24,930 22,511 448,232 431,557 Source: ISTAT - Italian National Institute of Statistics Top 10 Italian kiwifruit exports Quantity % Change Partner Country Metric Tons 2009 2010 2011 2011/2010 World 378,122 372,232 365,956 - 1.69 Germany 74,318 75,769 65,451 - 13.62 Spain 58,241 46,728 46,778 0.11 France 36,209 27,407 23,394 - 14.64 Poland 19,396 20,326 22,506 10.72 Russia 15,295 16,764 16,903 0.83 United Kingdom 19,511 15,952 15,469 - 3.02 United States 12,211 10,687 14,738 37.90 Netherlands 18,313 14,834 13,653 - 7.97 Brazil 4,403 7,892 11,818 49.75 Lithuania 6,356 12,276 10,260 - 16.42 Belgium 11,117 12,571 9,413 - 25.12 Source: Global Trade Atlas Top 10 Italian kiwifruit imports Quantity Change Partner Country M % etric Tons 2009 2010 2011 2011/2010 World 54,868 52,755 48,281 - 8.48 Chile 32,946 29,273 23,662 - 19.17 New Zealand 15,286 17,456 16,882 - 3.29 Belgium 2,021 1,475 2,661 80.43 Greece 1,105 1,327 1,590 19.81 Spain 617 550 1,167 112.13 Netherlands 1,920 1,233 1,103 - 10.53 Argentina 231 355 416 17.09 Germany 258 431 353 - 18.21 Slovenia 311 297 175 - 41.03 France 119 244 113 - 53.83 Source: Global Trade Atlas Abbreviations and Definitions Used in this Report HS Code: 081050 Ha hectare; 1 ha = 2.471 acres MT Metric ton = 1,000 kg Marketing Year: December/November
Posted: 29 September 2012