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Manuel José Alcaíno - International Blueberry Month

‘Blueberry business in Chile has changed and changed permanently’

Decofrut president Manuel José Alcaíno addressed multiple topics in his complete and solid presentation at the International Blueberry Month event. He highlighted the blueberry production in Chile.

Manuel José Alcaíno made a complete analysis of the Chilean industry, exposing the main elements that explain its less prominent situation. He focused on all the details, from the areas planted region by region to the different varieties and their positive and negative characteristics. He addressed the various ways of harvest and postharvest handling, the new transportation alternatives and the strategic aspects emanating from the Blueberry Committee to drive the industry to a higher phase. quoted him as saying: "It is clear that Peru has taken a dominant position in exports from the southern hemisphere and Chile, which has had a very strong position in the last 20 years, has lost that position.”

“It is striking that the comfortable position that Chile had, placing itself between the windows of the end of production in British Columbia, in North America, Canada, and the beginning of the new season in Florida and its surroundings, which left a wonderful window that Chile discovered and used it for long years, now it is shutting down. The space was ceded in the early part to Peru and in the late part to Mexico, in the case of North America, and to Morocco and Spain in the case of Europe, so the business in Chile changed and changed definitively, passing from windows of almost exclusive use to having to compete throughout the season in all markets.”

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