The Argentine blueberry season wrapped up with stable numbers and higher sea shipments.
Despite de challenges presented by the pandemic, Argentina exported almost 11,000 tons of fresh blueberries and 3,500 tons of frozen blueberries in the 2020 season, meeting the initial projections.
The pandemic has greatly modified the scenario, both in the way of working, harvesting and packaging, where strict operating protocols were established, and in the markets. Nonetheless, Argentina managed to keep its production volume stable, around 18,000 tons, of which 11,000 were exported fresh, 3,500 frozen and 3,000 were destined to the domestic market.
High demand, low prices
Argentina's commercial strategy, which is focused on improving quality, and increasing the proportion of sea shipments and organic fruit, has certainly paid off.
The distribution of exports was similar to previous years, allocating 65% to the U.S. and Canada, 30% to the European Union and United Kingdom, and 5% to Asia.
This year Argentina will continue being focused on preserving quality and ensuring the sweetness that makes its fruit stand out in the productions of the region. It will also focus on the production of organic blueberries and on increasing the sea shipping rate.
ABC provides ongoing information on estimated volumes.
At 10,303 tons, the accumulated 2020 blueberry exports were significantly lower than those of the year before, standing at 12,654 tons at the time.