On November 10, the Extraberries SA company completed the first Argentine export of fresh fruit in 2020 after Patagonia was recognized as a fly-free zone. The company shipped a batch of fresh cherries to China by air. The transport was carried out in an Aerolineas Argentinas plane that departed from Ezeiza and stopped in Madrid in search of hospital supplies within the framework of the coronavirus pandemic.
Extraberries SA, the main producer of cherries in the country with plantations in Chubut and Rio Negro, became the first company to land in the Asian country with its Royal Down variety in week 46. It should be noted that, since 2008, the company not only produces and markets fresh cherries but also other fruits, such as pears and apples.
"China is the world's leading importer and consumer of cherries, so completing this first export by air is a true milestone, especially because of the global situation we are facing due to COVID-19," said Adolfo Storni, the President of Extraberries SA.
China's demand for cherries represents a huge opportunity for local production to generate new investments to increase plantations and process technologies, he said. "If Argentina achieves what Chile did in 15 years, cherries could become one of the country's most exported fruits, which would have a positive impact on employment, local development, and the generation of foreign exchange," added Storni.