Berries have become Mexico's fourth most exported agricultural food/ agro-industrial product, as exports amounted to more than 2.107 billion dollars in 2018.
Between 2014 and 2018, the value of blueberry exports increased by 264 percent, making it the berry with the highest export value increase in the last 5 years.
The country's blueberry exports went from more than 83.2 million dollars in 2015 to more than 303 million dollars in 2018.
"In 2014, there were 1,800 hectares of blueberry crops in Mexico, in 2015, the area increased to 2,625 hectares, in 2016 there were 3,206 hectares, in 2017 it went up to 3,642 hectares; and in 2018, we estimate there were 4,000 hectares," stated Aldo Mares, the president of the National Association of Berry Exporters (Aneberries).
Raspberries, mulberries, and blackberries are the second category of berries with the highest increase in their export value, as this has increased by 82.8 percent in the last 5 years. In 2018 alone, the country exported 1.167 billion dollars of these products.
They were followed by strawberries, with exports for more than 636.3 million dollars in 2018, which translates into a growth of 79.1 percent in the last five years.
According to Mares, the main export market for Mexican berries, the United States, has a complementary production with Mexico, which has allowed them to integrate the national supply with the demand of American producers, benefiting the presence of Mexican berries in the neighboring country.
"If you want to offer US consumers berries throughout the whole year you need to produce them in the US and in Mexico. Our productions are complementary, the Mexican production can overlap a bit with Florida's production, but we are complementary to California, which is the large producing area. A decrease in acreage there benefits us here, and the area devoted to strawberry has decreased by the thousands, which has helped increased our prices, in raspberry it is the same tendency," concluded Mares.