Crop expansion allows the sector to meet growing demand in the country and in its main markets abroad
At the end of a very good harvest, Brazil’s peanut sector foresees an increase in supply on the domestic market and exports in 2020, thus guaranteeing supply. The good performance results from the growth of the planted area, exceeding 200 thousand hectares, and productivity, with an estimated harvest of 700 thousand tons of shelled peanuts in the country, according to data from the State Government’s Agronomic Institute of São Paulo.
“This year, we have a good harvest and a high quality product, two key factors during a time when, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a concern to ensure food supplies, especially more healthy products,” says Ubiracy Fonsêca, president of ABICAB (Brazilian Chocolates, Peanuts and Candies Manufacturers Association), the trade association that promotes Brasil Sweets and Snacks, an export promotion program in partnership with Apex-Brasil (Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency).
ABICAB’s president points out that peanuts are an inexpensive source of protein, with a high content of vitamins, minerals and antioxidant components, in addition to nutrients that decrease bad cholesterol when combined, making it an important item in the diet during this period of difficulties in the economy and loss of income caused by the pandemic.
Peanut consumption has been increasing in Brazil, especially among a growing number of people who care about their well-being, following a healthy diet and maintaining physical fitness, according to Ignácio Godoy, a researcher at IAC. “Even with this growth in domestic demand, 60% of the highest quality peanuts in the country are destined for export”, says Godoy.
Brazilian peanuts have a high oleic content, which guarantees a longer shelf life, and the product also goes through a strict sanitary inspection system, developed by the industry, the professor explains. The increase in the harvest and the quality of the Brazilian product should contribute to a significant increase in exports, especially to the European Union and Russia, the two main markets for peanuts produced in the country.
“Our projections indicate a 20% growth in Brazilian peanut exports this year, reaching 250,000 tons of grains traded abroad”, predicts Rodrigo Francfort, business director at Francfort, a food trading company that holds about 15% of the total of peanut exports from Brazil.
Another important factor is that the infrastructure for draining peanuts for export and for supplying chocolate and snack factories in Brazil was not affected by policies to contain and combat the pandemic, according to the industries. This has also contributed to Brazilian companies ensuring compliance with their peanut export contracts, even with increased demand.
“Food factories in general, including chocolates and snacks, have not stopped, on the contrary, many are increasing production to ensure supplies, especially after runs to supermarkets were registered in some countries. For this reason, there are cases where we had to anticipate shipments from contracts closed at the end of last year”, highlights Robson Fonseca, foreign trade manager of the agricultural cooperative Coplana.
ABOUT ABICAB – The Brazilian Chocolate, Peanut and Candies Manufacturers Association (ABICAB) was founded in 1957 and represents the national confectionery industry in public and private spheres in Brazil. The national confectionery industry represents R$ 26,4 billion in retail value and employs more than 42,000 workers. The Association, which currently represents 93% of the chocolate market, 92% of the candy and confections market and 62% of the peanut market, has aims to develop, protect and promote the confectionery associated industry, stimulating actions to foster internal and external market in these sectors, as well as responsible consumption of products. https://www.brasilsns.org.br
ABOUT APEX-BRASIL – The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) works to promote Brazilian products and services abroad, and to attract foreign investment to strategic sectors of the Brazilian economy. Apex-Brasil organizes several initiatives aiming to promote Brazilian exports abroad. The Agency´s efforts comprise trade and prospective missions, business rounds, support for the participation of Brazilian companies in major international trade fairs, arrangement of technical visits of foreign buyers and opinion makers to learn about the Brazilian productive structure, and other select activities designed to strengthen the country’s branding abroad. Apex-Brasil also plays a leading role in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) to Brazil, by working to identify business opportunities, promoting strategic events and lending support to foreign investors willing to allocate resources in Brazil. www.apexbrasil.com.br/en/home