Despite the fact that Peru exported 28% more blueberries to world markets, average prices have been lower compared to last year. The country reached 33 markets with 217.000 tons of blueberries exported until the end of week 46. Luis Miguel Vegas, general director of Proarándanos: “We ship 52% more to the United States, 31% more to Europe, 14% more to China, and 2% more to other destinations compared to the previous season.”
The war in Ukraine, as well as the high costs of inputs, are reducing the margins of blueberry growers in Peru, says Miguel Vegas. Proarándanos is the Association of Producers and Exporters of Blueberries of Peru. “This season the average FOB price has been $5,47 per kilo, last season it was $5,85. On the one hand, the prices are lower than in the previous season. In Europe, the consequences of the war affected sales. On the other side of production, costs have continued to rise.