Michael Schiro, JAC Valdenburg's blueberry section manager, agrees with Roberts regarding the price drops. Both importers described the early Argentinian shipments as good in terms of size, colour and flowering.
"We have been very pleased with what we have seen; not a single problem with the quality of the fruit that has arrived," said Roberts. Schiro mentioned that they expect to increase Argentinian blueberry imports by 15% due to "the growing demand" from their clients.
For his part, Roberts pointed out that he expects to import 30% more this season. "For us Argentina fits into a strategic time of the year when not much fruit can be found in the market. Argentina plays a key role during the transition stage before Chile is ready to supply."
Argentinian supply is expected to reach its peak later this month. Chile's produce should come on the market in late November.