85% percent of Chile’s cherry exports go to China, while cherries exported from Chile take up 90% of China’s total cherry imports. The peak season of Chinese cherries takes place in April and May each year, while the peak season in Europe lasts from May to July, but it’s different with Chilean cherries, usually available at the end of the year (November to February) which allows them to take advantage of the festivities..
Fresh cherries are available in the winter thanks to Chile's location in the southern hemisphere, as well as its geographical and climatic conditions. Compared with several other production countries in the southern hemisphere, Chile's fruit is larger and available in larger volumes, so it enjoys pricing advantages and more abundant availability, popular with Chinese traders and consumers.
In addition, as cherries are very delicate, the slightest force during picking may result in fruit damage, so fruit is picked by hand rather than by machines. Therefore, a large part of the production cost comes from the costs of manual picking.
According to industry insiders, Chile's cherry production is expected to increase by 20%-30% compared with last year. As a result, the volume of cherries exported from Chile in the Huizhan Fruit and Vegetable Market is expected to increase by about 30% compared with last year.
Source: Wanguo Fengyunhui