Last Wednesday, in Berlin, the Association of Producers and Exporters of Strawberries from Huelva, Freshuelva, presented the 5th International Berry Congress, which will address the new export markets for these fruits, as well as the health benefits of their consumption. The event will be held on 19 and 20 June in Huelva. This year, the berry acreage has grown by 2.8%, reaching 11,464 hectares.
The 5th International Berry Congress will serve to analyze the new markets that are opening for this sector, with special attention to China, India and northern Europe, but also the Latin American market. The program also features presentations dedicated to analyzing the improvements in the marketing of red fruits, or the development of new varieties. Some 100 companies directly linked to the red fruit sector are expected to attend.
In the current campaign, the acreage devoted to berries in Huelva has grown by 2.8%, reaching 11,464 hectares, compared to 11,145 in the previous year, according to data from Freshuelva. This association is part of FEPEX, which brings together more than 90% of the sector in the province, which in turn accounts for 97% of the total national production.
Looking at Spanish berry exports up to November 2018, the most noteworthy are those of strawberries, with 277,221 tons (8% less than in the same period of 2017) worth 581.5 million Euro (+1%). Blueberry exports stood at 57,532 tonnes (+ 25.6%) worth 323.3 million Euro (+18.5%); raspberry shipments totaled 46,143 tonnes (+10%) worth 349 million Euro (+11%) and those of blackberries amounted to 4,145 tons (-5%) worth 26 million Euro (+39%), according to data from the General Directorate of Customs.