Peruvian fresh blueberry exports between January and September of 2022 surpassed 772.4 million dollars, i.e. 30.2% more than in the same period of last year. According to the Association of Exporters (ADEX), the United States was the main destination concentrating 53.1% of exports (410.8 million dollars) and a 30% increase in purchases. It was followed by the Netherlands with 157.4 million dollars, a 24.8% increase in purchases, and a 20.3% market share.
The third most important market was China with 86.7 million dollars, 11.2% of the market share, and a 138.4% increase in purchases. Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, Taiwan, Thailand, and Brazil completed the top 10 destination markets.
As of September, exports were led by Camposol, which accounted for 20.3% of all exports.
It was followed by Hortifrut - Peru, Agrovisión Peru, Agricola Cerro Prieto, Complejo Agroindustrial Beta, HFE Berries Peru, Exportadora Frutícola del Sur, Agroberries Peru, Bomarea, and Danper Trujillo.
Data for 2021
The growth in shipments reported in the first 9 months of 2022 follows the trend that was recorded in 2021, when, according to the latest report of the CIEN-ADEX Center for Research on Global Economics and Business, they amounted to 1,220.2 million dollars, increasing by 21.3% over the previous year.
Fresh blueberry shipments accounted for 97.1% of all shipments. They experienced a 20.5% increase and amounted to 1,185.4 million dollars. Conventional blueberries accounted for 95.9% of all fresh fruit exports, totaling $1,137.3 million, while exports of organic fresh blueberries totaled 48.1 million and a 4.1% share.
Frozen blueberry shipments accounted for 2.8% of the total, but recorded a 59.9% year-on-year increase totaling $34.5 million.
Between 2017 and 2021, Peruvian blueberry exports increased by an annual average of 34.7%, mainly due to the increase in exports of frozen blueberries (+140.8%), the report stated.
In contrast, exports of blueberry juice and dehydrated blueberries, which had a share of 0.02% and 0.004% respectively, showed a negative performance in 2021, registering a 43.2% and 7.4% fall in shipments, respectively, over 2020.