As shown in figure 2, the largest exporters of table grapes worldwide are China, Peru, Chile, Italy, and USA .
Lebanon's exports represent about 0.2% of world exports for this product, with its ranking in world exports at 25 (trade hubs excluded).
Largest Table Grapes Producers
By far, the largest producer and exporter of table grapes globally is China, and the top six producers, namely China, Peru, Chile, South Africa, USA and India account for more than 50% of global production volumes.
Largest producers in the Mediterranean region
The largest table grape producer in the Mediterranean region is Turkey (approximately 2 million tonnes), followed by Italy with production reaching almost 1 million tonnes.
Lebanon’s table grapes harvest season is from June till February as shown in Table 1, whereas in the European competitive countries it’s from June till November in Spain and from July till November in Italy. Thus, there is a window for the Lebanese table grapes in December and February.
South Africa, on the other hand, notably appears as a top exporter to several EU countries with the harvest season appearing at its peak during the period between December and April. However, it is worth noting that exports from South Africa – during the harvest season – are the highest in January and February, and the lowest in April.
Delving deeper into the EU markets, several countries appear particularly interesting for Lebanon, during the latter’s harvest season and in reference to the supply by top exporters, as follows:
- The Netherlands, during the months of December and January given the drastic drop in the supply of table grapes by India.
- Germany, during the months of December, January and February, given the drop in the supply by Italy and Spain
- The United Kingdom, during the months of December, January and February, given the drop in the supply by Spain and Egypt
- France, during the months of December, January and February, given the drop in the supply by Italy, Spain and mainly Chile.