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Chilean blueberry exports to U.S. fall, but organic berries gain

According to the latest crop report by the Blueberry Committee of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile (ASOEX), blueberry exports reached 109,291 tons during the 2019-2020 season, a 1.5% decrease in comparison to the previous season.

Per Mundo Maritimo, a Chilean news reporting agency, the report shows that the season kicked off the same as the prior, not being greatly affected by the social crisis going on in October of last year. However, some of the containers arriving in China after the Chinese New Year were affected from the COVID-19 outbreak.

As the same as the previous season, organic blueberry exports continued to increase and reached a new record of 15,470 tons until week 11, resulting in 16% more than the previous season.

North America received the bulk of blueberry exports accounting for 52%, with Europe receiving 32% and the Far East 15%. In comparison to the previous season, North American exports decrease by 11%, while Europe increased by 8% and the Far East increased by 20%.

Regarding organic blueberries, North America received 77%, an 11% increase from the previous season and Europe received 23%, an increase of 41%.

Marco Campos is Media Coordinator, Latin America for Blue Book Services