According to numbers from cbbc.iqonsulting.com, 3,571 tons of fresh blueberries were exported in week 48, which contrasts with the 5,150 tons shipped in the same week of the previous season. 10,939 tons have been accumulated up to date which represents 3% more than the accumulated volume at the same date of last year.
The harvest volumes continue to increase and are currently focused on the central zone, which is at the peak of harvests. The central south zone is also strongly increasing the shipments, mainly from the Maule Region where the early varieties has reached its peak, as well as in the Ñuble and BioBio regions that are facing a concentration of the early varieties crops (Duke).
Therefore, for this week 49, the shipments should be around 7,000 tons, starting with the peak of exports period of Chile.
Regarding the weather, during week 48 a frost was registered and affected some areas of the Ñuble and BioBio regions, with focused damage and little impact on the total exports.
Finally, the organic blueberries show 3,025 tons exported to date, 82% more than the previous year. The main destination is North America, with 97% of shipments.