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Vanguard shares Chilean cherry crop update

ISSAQUAH, WA – With only a few months still away from harvest, Vanguard International BB #:300298 is looking forward to the upcoming 2021-2022 Chilean cherry season. After the challenges encountered during last season there is much anticipation for a strong cherry crop this year despite the global shipping challenges the industry is facing.

September is a key month in Chile due to the risk of cold weather events. The team in Chile is keeping a very close eye on the temperatures in these upcoming important weeks.

Last season, Chile exported 352,783 tons, approximately 70 million boxes, which is 53% more volume compared with the prior 2019-2020 season. Assuming no major weather issues are had before this year’s harvest, this season’s crop estimation is approximately 400,000 tons (80mm boxes), a 12% volume increase compared to last year.

The actual forecasted volumes will not be available until the end of September.

Taking a look at the planted area in Chile, this year the industry has an increase of roughly 2,000 hectares for a total of 42,000 hectares. The primary planted varieties are Lapins, Santinas, and Reginas.

To date, cold hours have been tracking within normal parameters so the blossoms are looking strong and healthy.

This cherry season looks to be seven days earlier compared with last year, which will assist Vanguard with reaching pre-sale deliveries and orders before Chinese New Year that falls on February 1, 2022.

Some important points the team are keeping a close eye on in the coming days and weeks, and will continue to report on include:

1) Weather: Weather temperatures staying above levels that could cause frost damage during September.
2) Labor: A working force available for cherry thinning in October, which will be a key factor to determine cherry sizing.
3) Water: As always, we will be cautiously watching drought conditions. As cherries are the first fruit in Chile to be harvested every summer, water issues should not be as big a concern as it will be for other fruits.
4) Distribution: Chile continues to experience challenges as most of the production continues to be exported to China. Last season we saw many delays in this market due to COVID related issues, which have been well documented, so diversification is a must for the Chilean cherry industry. Some markets we are focusing on to increase Chilean cherry sales include the USA, Europe, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, India, and Middle East. Vanguard continues to work with customers all around the world to support our Chilean cherry growers and expand cherry markets.

Earlier this year the Global Cherry Summit brought together a panel of industry leaders to tackle key matters necessary to achieve a successful cherry season. You can find that webinar here. We will continue to keep a close eye on the crop as the season progresses and will share further updates.

About Vanguard

Founded in 1991, Vanguard International has been marketing and selling fresh fruits and vegetables
in Asia and the Middle East for over 25 years, operating offices internationally in Chile, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru, Spain, Taiwan, South Africa, and the United States.