According to iQonsulting's 2020-2021 Blueberry Yearbook, Chile exported more than 20,000 tons of organic blueberries in the previous campaign, a record volume that was 35% higher than the volume it exported in the 2019-2020 campaign. This growth is associated with the entry into force of the System Approach in the Ñuble and Biobio regions, which would be responsible for the large increase in organic exports as its exports increased by 148% going from 2,900 tons in the 2019/20 campaign to 7,182 tons in the 2020/21 campaign. This accounts for 4,200 tons of the 5,400 tons that Chile increased this season, which means that the Ñuble and Biobio regions are responsible for 79% of the growth experienced in 2020-2021.
Mexican organic shipments have also increased, especially as of 2019/20. The country exported more than 14,000 tons of organic blueberries, i.e. 30% more than in the previous season. Peruvian shipments of organic blueberries to the US market have also had strong growth. In the 2020-2021 season, Peru exported nearly 7,000 tons, i.e. 35% more than in 2019-2020 and 190% more than in 2018/19.
"Everything indicates that Peru will continue to grow in this category due to the markets' high demand for this product and because organic blueberry prices are more attractive than the prices of conventional blueberries," the report highlights.
Argentina has focused on exporting organic blueberries, as nearly 30% of its blueberry exports correspond to this category. Argentina is the country with the highest percentage of organic products in its total shipments. Chile's organic blueberry exports account for 18% of the country's total blueberry exports in 2020/21 and Mexico's organic exports account for 24% of their total exports.
Organic shipments from Argentina stood at around 3,500 tons in 2020/21, i.e. 88% more than in 2019/20, which contrasts with the 21% drop in total exports.