Tuesday, December 6

Yerba Mate: 2021 was a record for production and internal consumption

The statistics also refer to the exports of Argentine yerba mate, which totaled 35.50 million kilos during 2021.


Regarding the formats or types of packaging, half-kilo packages maintain the preference of consumers. During the month of December 2021, half-kilo packages represented 57.86% of outputs from mills to the domestic market. With 37.25% the packages of one kilo were located, with 1.00% the packages of two kilos, and with 0.87% those of a quarter kilo. In the item ‘other formats’, outputs reached 1.11%, while 1.90% corresponded to the item ‘without stamps’.

It is important to point out that, according to historical data, the participation of the different formats in mill outputs destined for the domestic market is maintained with few variations, concentrating the ½ and 1 kilo formats, 94.12% of the themselves.

As reported in the January 7 edition, the situation of the yerba mate plantations in the face of the drought continues to be serious.

The director of the National Institute of Yerba Mate (Inym), Jonas Peterson, affirmed that production in the NEA is in a critical state due to the severe droughts that affect the region. “There are a lot of producers who lost everything,” he said, anticipating that “2022 will be a difficult year.”

winter harvest

Although there is a strong secrecy regarding the call by the directors of the National Institute of Yerba Mate (Inym) for the price session of the winter yerba mate harvest (harvest), the call would come out at the next meeting of directory and the meetings, in that sense, would begin the first week of February.

The industry will again attack the prices that the producers seek. This time, with the excuse that the export of yerba mate fell, they assured Ámbito that they will not accept more than a 5 percent increase in the official price for the green leaf and therefore for the court.

But production, in this context, assures that it will insist on a price of at least 50 pesos per kilogram of green yerba mate leaf.

Everything suggests that once again it would be the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Nation who will establish the price of the green leaf for the winter harvest that begins on March 1 and ends on September 30.

For the current summer harvest, the same Nation body awarded 36.83 pesos for the green leaf and 139.95 pesos for the canchada. While for last year’s winter harvest, the official price was 29.70 pesos for the kilogram of green leaf and 112.86 pesos for the kilo of canchada.

Currently, due to supply and demand, the price of green leaves is around 50 pesos per kilogram.

Due to the drought, it is estimated that there could be a shortage of green leaves, which would imply that the price would continue with an upward trend.