According to the latest Crop Report from Chile's Blueberry Committee-ASOEX, the harvests of week 52 rebounded when compared to the previous week, reaching 9,780 tons, mainly from the central zone of the country. Thus, to date the country has exported 46,556 tons, in line with estimates, and 1.6% more than in the same week of the previous season.
4,802 of the 9,780 tons that were exported during week 52 were destined for North America (49%), 3,523 tons to Europe (36%), and 1,445 tons to the Far East (15%).
According to the Crop Report, the volume of organic blueberry exports continues to increase, as the country exported 636 tons of them in week 52. "To date the country has exported 3,595 tons of organic blueberries, i.e. 39% more than in the same week of the previous year," the document stated, adding that North America continued to be the main destination for the organic production, with 76% of shipments to date. Europe also stands out, as shipments to this destination have doubled and account for 23% of the total.
Finally, the Committee's harvest report indicates that the heat wave expected between January 02 and 04, and that would affect the north of the country (Regions IV, V, and Metropolitan Region), would not have a greater impact on the blueberry harvests, as the season is quite advanced in these regions and the current harvest volumes are limited.