In week 4, Chile exported 8,124 tons of blueberries, which means the country has exported a total of 85,738 tons this season, i.e. 6% more than in the same week of the previous season and 3% more than the initial estimate, more than compensating the effect of the hailstones of December. Considering that the season is in its final third stretch and that the outputs of this week (5) and the next (6) will continue with important volumes, over 7,000 tons per week, there is a high probability that the country will export 110 thousand tons like it did last season.
The factors that have led to a greater volume in fresh exports include the good weather there has bee in the development and maturation of fruits, despite the hail in spring that made producers believe there would be a 5% decrease in production. However, the good temperatures there were at the end of spring and summer and only one rain in the second week of January, generated the optimum conditions for the fruit to grow, which led to higher calibres that compensated the expected decrease caused by the hail.
Another factor is that there wasn't an increase in fruit allocated to the frozen sector, which initially foresaw there would be an increase in fruit for this industry due to the lower stock of frozen products in the US. The climatic conditions have allowed allocating more fruit than expected for the fresh market, resulting in an high export volumes to date.
According to estimates, total exports of fresh blueberries will reach 110,000 tons, with volumes somewhat higher than the initial estimate for the last third of the season.
Organic exports continue in their peak season; 1,815 tons were exported in week 4, and a total of 9,027 tons have been exported so far, i.e. 54% more than in the previous year. North America continues to be the main destination with 78% of shipments accumulated and it is followed by Europe with a 21% share.
Source: iqonsulting.com / Chilean Blueberry Committee