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Steven Maxwell

BY STEVEN MAXWELL

Thursday 16th June 2011, 09:03 Central Time

Peru cements asparagus lead

Andean country records strong exports to US, underlining position as top asparagus exporter to market

Peru cements asparagus lead

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Peruvian imports accounted for more than 51 per cent of fresh asparagus imported into the US last year, cementing Peru’s position as the country’s leading supplier of imported fresh asparagus.

According to statistics from the US Department of Commerce, the US imported more than 377,000 tonnes of fresh asparagus in 2010, of which Peruvian asparagus accounted for 192,796 tonnes.

Revealing the figures to mark the launch of its 2011/12 Category Management Plan Outline for Fresh Peruvian Asparagus, the Peruvian Asparagus Importers’ Association (PAIA) said the performance underlined Peru’s status as the leading quantity supplier of fresh asparagus to the US.

“Peru is the leading import source for fresh market asparagus in the United States,” said Chris Martin, president of Gourmet Trading and west coast co-chairman of PAIA in a statement.

“US retailers have recognised the advantages of stocking Peruvian asparagus on their shelves which has resulted in maintaining asparagus sales year round.

“PAIA importers will continue to work with their customers in an effort to strategically promote this exceptional vegetable – ensuring asparagus continues its leadership role among vegetables.”

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