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Argentina: Improvement in blueberry exports

Argentinian blueberry exports have increased in recent weeks to nearly 20,000 tons. A total of 301 tons arrived at the different destinations in week 39. The main destinations were the United Kingdom with 104 tons, which accounts for 35% of exports, followed by the rest of Europe with 97 tons (32%) and the United States with 81 tons (27%). According to the latest estimates, 34% of the fruit was shipped by sea and the main destination for these shipments is the United States, which accounts for 55% of them.

Exports to China have not started yet, so this Asian country continues to wait for Argentine blueberries, a great business opportunity for Chinese consumers and Argentinian exporters, provided that they can overcome the logistical challenges of transporting the fruit to that market and adapt to new consumer trends.

Federico Baya, the president of the Argentinian Blueberry Committee, said that "Argentina has a great logistics challenge, but also a great opportunity in the Asian giant. We have been betting on growth in maritime shipments, which gave us the final push to go for China' once the market opens. We believe the Chinese market will be eager to consume the Argentine product, so the opportunity we have is to enhance the flavor of our fruit."

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