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Peruvian blueberry exports increase twelvefold in five years

In 2015/16 Peru exported 12,951 tons of blueberries, and five years later it exported 176,912 tons (through week 46), a whopping increase of over 1,266 percent.

Luis Miguel Vega Arias-Stella, general manager of the Association of Producers and Exports of Blueberries of Peru (Proarandanos), told Blueberries Consulting that the main market is the U.S., where half of Peru’s blueberries are shipped, followed by Europe with 30 percent of the production, and China, which has been growing rapidly by doubling volumes every year.

Dedicated planting areas went from 3,926 hectares in 2016 to 16,566 hectares in 2021, growing by 322 percent.

In 2016, 93 percent of the planting areas were located in La Libertad, Lima, Lambayeque, Ancash, Ica, and Cajamarca. While in 2021 production has expanded to several other regions.

Until 2020, the Biloxi was the main variety planted, but this year it was surpassed by Ventura.

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