Season 2019-2020:

Chile blueberries: Leap in production and greater focus on quality

The Committee of Blueberries has estimated that exports will have an increase of 4% in the 2019-2020 season, which will reach 115,000 tons, driven by the entry into production of new varieties and orchards.

For four years, the partners of the exporter Alfaberries - made up of five producers from the Ñuble Region, which together total about 100 planted hectares - began to renew their blueberry orchards for more productive varieties that allow them to arrive in a better condition to international markets.

In 2018, in addition, they launched a new processing plant that will allow them to market up to three million kilos of fruit, with which they expect to grow 54% compared to last year and reach two million kilos of blueberries, in a clear commitment for continuing to develop this business.

“The tighter price landscape is here to stay, but if 15 is produced by tons per hectare with new varieties, taking care of the quality of the fruit, blueberries are still a more interesting business than any other species, except cherries,” the manager of Alfaberries, Sebastián Domínguez, told blueberriesconsulting.com.


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