Chilean grape forecast down a quarter

According to Vanguard, the total Chilean grape export forecast has been reduced by around a quarter following heavy and unseasonal rains. Expectations are now for exports of 65 million boxes with mid-season varieties most heavily damaged. As of Febuary 1st, Chile has shipped 4.7m boxes of table grapes, down 39% from last season. The development comes during the first season in years in which Chile was expecting a year-on-year increase in its total grape crop.