Low fruit availability due to the weather is a concern both buyers and sellers have. In general fruits and vegetables have become rarer to find and have gone up in price.
"This year we had issues sourcing mango and asparagus...The first was expensive and there wasn't much around. The latter was only slightly better." according to a European importer.
El Niño often has an effect on tropical fruits, however no-one knows how bad it will be.
Peru has not had any frozen mango for months now. The 12 months - ending July 2015 - saw a fall in Peruvian mango by 26% with only 108,478 tonnes whilst July 2013-July 2014, shipments were over 146,000 tonnes. Due to this the price has increased.
Furthermore, this week there was a 10% decline in the country's 2016 avocado crop, due to heavy rain splitting fruit and the humidity creating mould.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation has estimated that over 3,000 hectares of avocado will be affected in certain areas such as La Libertad, Lima, Piura, Ica and Ancash.
In Ecuador, there is a possibility that banana production could fall by 15-30% which is the equivalent to 100 million boxes according to the Banana Exporters Association of Ecuador.
Publication date: 10/19/2015