Hail has damaged the Chilean production of cherries, according to Silvia Piezzi of the Dutch import company Cesil Import & Export, which is specialises in the sales of Chilean fruit.
Silvia is in Chile now, and sent the accompanying photographs and videos of the damages. According to her, a lot of cherries were lost because of the hail, and the damages are considerable at the start of the Chilean cherry season.
The harvest of Burlat cherries is mostly over, but the Bing variety, primarily consumed in the Netherlands, has been damaged. “This will result in a doubled price for a box of cherries in the coming months, compared to last season,” Silvia says.