According to the Organic Produce Network, despite the logistical challenges and delays in the ports of the west coast of the United States in recent months, there is currently a good volume of organic blueberries heading to the country, especially from Chile.
“Most of the Chilean mid-season to late-season organic blueberry harvest is on its way right now,” stated Stephen Paul, category manager for stone fruits and blueberries at Homegrown Organic Farms (HGO). “During the next four to five weeks, we are going to have more organic blueberries. We anticipate there will be a very good volume until the third week of March,” he added.
He also said that the significant recent rains in Chile had a certain level of impact on blueberry crops, especially on the late varieties. However, he said he was optimistic as "the volume of organic blueberries from HGO is sufficient to allow promotions for the next five weeks."
Kyla Oberman, the marketing director for California Giant Berry Farms, Watsonville, said that, even though the rains in Chile impacted the volumes at the end of the season, there still was a lot of fruit to sell. "Despite the adjustment of the estimates for the rest of the Chilean season, we still expect to have a good and wide supply of organic and conventional blueberries," she said. “In addition, Mexico continues to increase its production. Oxnard's organic harvest has been delayed for a few weeks, but it seems that it will be strong at the beginning of March.”
The Chilean industry confirmed the rains had a limited impact. Karen Brux, Marketing Director of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) of North America, stated that “fortunately, Chile had already shipped 88% of its estimated volume for 2020/21 before the rains. The estimate for this season continues to be 111,500 tons and, until the end of January, Chile had shipped a total of 98,504 tons of blueberries.”