Mexican blueberry exports to the US between January and April 2021 increased by 57% over the same period of the previous year, reaching 313.5 million dollars, according to data from the United States Department of Commerce.
This trend consolidates the growth that exports of this berry to the US market have reflected in previous campaigns: as they went from $289 million in 2018, to $291 million in 2019, and to $352 million in 2020.
The US early blueberry production begins with the harvest in Florida each year (except for small volumes from California), and it peaks from April through early May. The USDA reported that this year, Florida made its first shipments in week 10.
California, by contrast, produces blueberries year-round, with larger supplies from May to July.
The North American Blueberry Council (NABC) estimated that the United States had produced 340.8 million pounds of blueberries for the fresh market and 286.3 million pounds for the processing market in 2020, contracting a total of 627 million pounds over the previous year.