Mexico and Peru are two Latin American countries that became the leading producers and exporters of raspberries and blueberries as well as blackberries and strawberries in just 10 years.
According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) a combination of climate and canny entrepreneurs have powered the Latin American nations to berry stardom.
The WEF reports their sharp rises in fruit production could provide lessons for others amid increasing fears about food security following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The World Economic Forum’s September 2022 Chief Economists Outlook warns that food prices will continue to rise in the coming years.
Global Raspberry production
Mexico is set to overtake Russia as the world's largest raspberry producers and exporters. Mexico has seen a 128-fold surge in raspberry production, making it the second-largest exporter. The climate as well as efforts by entrepreneurs have led to the rapid increase.
Global Blueberry production
Peru's blueberry industry started in 2006, and has seen stellar growth and investment to become the world's largest producers and exporters with over $1 billion per year.