Agronometrics in Charts: Peruvian blueberry exports projected to increase by up to 15%

By Agronometrics | 22 July 2022

In this installment of the ‘Agronometrics In Charts’ series, Sarah Ilyas studies the state of the Peruvian blueberry season. 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.

Peru has managed to establish itself as the largest exporter of blueberries in the world, conquering markets such as the United States and China. In order to diversify the destinations of its blueberries the country is looking to expand into other markets. From January to April 2022, Peruvian exports of fresh blueberries totaled $146 million, reflecting an increase of 117 percent compared to the same period last year, according to information collected from the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur). During this time, the main market was the U.S., accounting for 55 percent of the total volume, followed by the Netherlands with 23 percent, China with 12 percent, the UK with 5 percent, and other countries with the remaining 5 percent. At the height of the 2021/22 season, 8.8 K tonnes of blueberries were recorded, displaying a 28 percent increase compared to the peak volumes recorded in the 2020/2021 season. The 2022-2023 blueberry campaign in Peru began in week 18 with 99 K kgs of incoming blueberries being recorded in week 28.

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“The blueberry consumption revolution has already begun, [as] it happened with grapes before. In the short term, the consumer will have a better quality of fruit, sweeter, larger, and crunchier. And what the producer will have is higher productivity per hectare and a lower harvest cost,” says Ricardo Polis, Regional director of Fall Creek & Nursery. He went on to say that Peru is leading the replacement of varieties in the blueberry market and projected that of more than 300,000 tons that Peru could export in 2025, around 120,000 tons will be of new varieties.

In addition to better flavor and size, growers have also increased organic production.

Pricing in the 2021/22 season ranged from $13.29 per package to $32.25 per package. Pricing this season will largely be dependent on incoming volumes and demand.

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Peru is now the #1 exporter of blueberries in the world owing to the rise of this crop’s agricultural exports, with the recent inclusion of the Israeli market, Peruvian blueberries can now be sold in 62 different countries. In the 2021–2022 campaign, Peru exported 222,714 tonnes and the production area expanded by 17,707 hectares. According to Daniel Bustamante, the president of Proarandanos, the country shouldn’t rest on its laurels as Mexico has managed to accelerate its berry production in recent campaigns. He went on to affirm they maintained their 15% blueberry export growth forecast for the 2022-2023 campaign, with shipments that would reach 276,000 tons.

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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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