Week 4

Chile: Blueberry exports peak season continues

The Chilean blueberry export continues in its peak weeks. 10,437 tons were exported during week 03. To date, the country has exported a total of 77,603 tons, i.e. 77% of what the country was expected to export. However, it is very possible that the final volume will be 5% higher than what was estimated after the hail and reach 105 to 108 thousand tons. This, because the climate was very benign all summer so the fruits had a greater development and the calibers achieved were mainly large sizes, which would compensate the fall of fruits by hail. Next week, this trend will be confirmed and, if necessary, the estimated total volume will be corrected.

So far in the southern hemisphere's season: Peru has exported 72,288 tons to date, 60.8% more than in the 2017-18 season, and its season is ending. Argentina's export season has already ended and the country exported 17,806 tons, i.e. 19% less than in the previous season. Chile has exported 77,603 tons, i.e. 7% more than in the previous season. In short, and taking into account low incidence sectors, such as the juice and dehydrated products sectors, the total production volume would stand at nearly 160,000 tons in this 2018-19 season. That's not very different than in the previous year, which speaks of an industry that has stabilized its volumes.

Meanwhile, 1,552 tons of organic blueberries were shipped out in week 3, and the accumulated volume of organic blueberries shipped to date is 7,195 tons, i.e. 52% more than the accumulated volume achieved by the same week of the previous season. However, the season is expected to end with 12,500 tons, 25% more than last season.

Source: iQonsulting.com

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