The consumption of South African blueberries has increased globally. This demand has resulted in an increase in the production volumes and in the number of producing countries. At the same time price in the market is at the all-time high.
There has been a fierce competition between Chile and Peru. To date, the production is increasing at a rapid rate, faster than the actual demand, and with no doubt prices will be under pressure in the world market.
South Africa is amongst the top leading countries in the export market with a record of 7.5 tonnes in the 2018/19 season. The expectation is that this volume will increase in the current 2019/20 season.
In the case of table grapes for 2019/20 seasons, China (10.8 million tonnes), India (3.0 million tonnes) and Turkey (2.0 million tonnes) are recorded as the top three table grapes producers in the world. South Africa is ranked 8th, with a forecast production of 310 000 tonnes for the current season. Rainfall patterns have been the major contributor to the level of production by these production regions.