The US is still the main market for blueberries from Peru, Chile and Mexico. Both Peru and Mexico have blueberries in the North American market for almost the entire year. Chile reaches its peak between the beginning of February and mid-March. It is the first two countries that have surprised the industry with their growth. And it is that although Mexico is not close to the total Peruvian production, which exceeds 220,000 tons per year, in the last five years the total Mexican volume exported has grown exponentially. The main difference between them: the dispersion of their markets.
Between October and November, 90% of the blueberries imported by the United States originate from Peru. Even with Mexico's undeniable geographic advantage, at the peak of Mexican blueberries in the US market, its share of all blueberries imported into the country only reaches 64%. The productive power of Peru seems to have no limit. Production projections for the South American country maintain the upward trend. During the current season, up to week 30, its exports to the United States increased by 75% compared to the same period in the previous campaign. Given the projections of Peruvian blueberry volumes and competition in the US market, the risk for Mexico is high: less than 10% of its harvest goes to markets other than North America.