Agronometrics in Charts: 2022 : Raspberries in Review

By Agronometrics | 2 January 2023

In this installment of the ‘Agronometrics In Charts’ series, Sarah Ilyas reviews the 2022 raspberry season and takes a look at what 2023 might have in store for raspberries in the US. Each week the series looks at a different horticultural commodity, focusing on a specific origin or topic visualizing the market factors that are driving change.

Over the last two years raspberry consumption has increased in the U.S. market by more than 25% in economic terms, explains Alan Ediger, vice president of sales for California Giant Berry Farms. To meet this growing demand, the United States imports a large quantity of raspberries; imports occur mainly from Mexico between the months of October and May, which accounts for 96% of total U.S. imports, thus this country  is the main supplier of raspberries to the United States.


“Production of raspberries in Mexico has increased and it overlaps with the U.S. season which created an early season glut, if you combine that with an oversupply on Peruvian blueberries, it’s created a sluggish market on raspberries. The market has definitely been year over year experiencing lower pricing and higher supply,” says Ben Escoe of Twin River Berries. Jalisco, Baja California and Michoacán have taken advantage of the climatic conditions of the country to harvest raspberries in spring, summer and autumn. Additionally, they schedule their harvests for the winter, when it is impossible for many growers to compete and therefore prices are at their highest. Owing to the seasonal advantage, low production costs and the border it shares with the United States, Mexico managed to rank as the second largest producer in the world, only behind Russia. According to Aneberries, the total berry market would reach 584 thousand tons this year. Earlier during the year, The National Association of Berry Exporters projected that in 2022, the total value of raspberry exports will exceed $3 billion. Looking even further ahead, Escoe notes that 2023 will be a bigger year for raspberries. “There are definitely new genetics being tested on raspberries as well as blackberries coming in the next year or two,” he said.

raspberry volumes by his 10

Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)


Raspberries are best adapted to the cool coastal climates of California, where they grow in full sun. Markus Duran, Director of Bushberry Supply at California Giant Berry Farms claimed that the entity saw excellent quality of the raspberry crop thanks to the very cool spring this year, which is very conducive to the growth of raspberries. The season started about a week later than normal, but caused no  issues for the harvest.

raspberry volumes by his 11

Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

raspberry volumes by his 13

Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

This season saw the lowest prices compared to the past five seasons owing to higher volumes. In week 44, prices fell to $7 per package.

raspberry prices by hist 2

Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

To learn more take a look at our most read raspberries stories this year:

1. Agronometrics in Charts: Berry prices see magnificent growth year-on-year in U.S. market

2. Agronometrics in Charts: Berries Surpass Beer and Avocados as Mexico’s number one agri-food export product

3. Agronometrics in Charts: Mexico’s Thriving Berry Industry

4. Pricing and demand should strengthen on berries going into March

5. Agronometrics in Charts: Mexican Raspberries Witnessing Remarkable Increase in Consumption

In our ‘In Charts’ series, we work to tell some of the stories that are moving the industry. Feel free to take a look at the other articles by clicking here

All pricing for domestic US produce represents the spot market at Shipping Point (i.e. packing house/climate controlled warehouse, etc.). For imported fruit, the pricing data represents the spot market at Port of Entry.

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Written by: Sarah Ilyas

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