Chile: 117 tons exported in week 11 marks end of 2020-21 blueberry season

From Fresh Plaza | 29 March 2021

Overview of Chilean blueberries exports, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published on March 26, 2021. 

With an increase in the volumes with respect to initial expectations, the blueberry season of the Chilean industry is culminating. The 117 tons exported during week 11 marks the end of the Chilean 2020-21 blueberry season.

The Chilean campaign set a new export record, with 118.225 tons dispatched up to week 11, presenting an increase of 8,2% compared to the previous year and 6% more compared to the initially estimated of 111.500 tons.

Volumes (in KG) of blueberries from Chile in the US Market.
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Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

This greater volume is partially due to the slight increase in the planted area, the replacement of orchards for more productive varieties and the entry into force of the Systems Approach for the Ñuble and Biobío regions, which allowed the Producers divert fruit from the frozen industry to export.

According to blueberriesconsulting.com, the report explains that the beginning of the season was marked by higher export volumes from the Coquimbo and Valparaíso regions, which also concentrated their shipments on organic blueberries. This increase is due more than anything to an increase in acreage, varietal change and higher production technologies.

The News in Charts is a collection of stories from the industry complemented by charts from Agronometrics to help better tell their story.

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