Association of Winemakers of Peru assured that sales fell by 70% due to protests

Trade is going through a sharp decline after the demonstrations and protests that have taken place in the country since December last year. This is not only affecting large companies, but there is an imbalance in the economy for winemakers in Peru.

Andres Choypresident of the Association of Winemakers of Peru (ABP), reported that in this sector sales have fallen by up to 70%, seriously harming more than three million small merchants who have a store.

“In the areas where there have been conflicts, our partners have told us that there has been an extremely drastic reduction in sales, of more than 70% […] and in the areas where there is greater congestion, practically nothing has been sold there, because they have forced us to close,” he declared for Exitosa radio.

During this interview, the representative of the wineries announced that the cities where small businesses have been affected the most have been Mother of God, Puno and Cusco. Many of them have been forced to completely paralyze their sales, temporarily closing their businesses.

“About 35% of these establishments were closed, which represents an average of 2,000 wineries,” he explained to the aforementioned medium.

Andrés Choy stated that during these demonstrations many of the winemakers have been harassed, threatened, They have asked them for quota charges to let them work and even looted their merchandise. All this was also accompanied by low sales, product shortages, which has generated a negative impact on this sector.

“It has had a strong impact, but not only the protests, but we have already been working with a process of loss of sales since the pandemic and, now, these types of conditions have increased more strongly,” said Andrés Choy.


Something that the winery representative explained is that many of the small merchants hoped that the Christmas campaign would help to reactivate them. However, they were surprised by the protests that began days before Christmas Eve.

“All these issues of protests began that unfortunately eliminated our Christmas campaign and reduced us in a 10% sale process in terms of the entire country,” he added.

Finally, the president of ABP stated that the members of the association want there to be peace and “to calm down these hateful spirits that exist in the country.”

“We are not hopeful that they can give us support, what we want is that they let us work, that they let us open our businesses […] We are talking about more than 3 million people who depend on this business. Many of them depend on this business to support their families, pay for schools, universities, houses, health insurance, it is important that all this cease to reactivate ourselves economically, ”he added.

Let us remember that in the city of Cusco, almost 80% of tourists, between foreigners and nationals, have canceled their reservations, registering an economic loss of almost 7 million soles per day (USD 2 million), which is why travel agencies are losing all their capital and are forced to lay off their staff.

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