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Mexican raspberry exports post big increase in first half of 2021

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mexican raspberry exports registered a growth of 18.9 percent in the first six months of the year, maintain a positive streak, according to El Financiero.

Foreign sales of these berries stood at $713 million as of May, posting nearly 20 percent more than the $599.8 million for the same period in 2020, according to information from the Agrifood and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP).

There were 68,153 tons of raspberries exported during the first half of 2021, with foreign sales already seeing an increase of 21 percent from 2019 to 2020, going from $912.4 million to over $1 billion.

Mexican raspberries have been exported to 33 countries located in North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania, such as Canada, the Netherlands, Russia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, and Kuwait.

However the main buyer is the U.S.

Raspberry production has also made progress in Mexico, increasing 13.6 percent in 2020, going from 128,848 tons in 2019 to 146,343 in December of last year.

Jalisco is the main producer of these berries with 104,080 tons, followed by Michoacan with 28,895 tons, and Baja California with 10,222 tons.

In 2019, Mexico was the world’s second largest producer of raspberries with 128,848 tons and presents the biggest agricultural yield of these berries in the world. Mexico consumes .3 kg per capita.

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