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Peruvian blueberry exports continue to grow at torrid pace

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Peruvian fresh blueberry exports continued to grow at a rapid pace in early 2022.

From January to May 2022, Peruvian blueberry exports totaled $135 million, reflecting an increase of 114 percent compared to the $62.9 million reached in the same period last year, reported Agraria, using figures from the Foreign Trade Society of Peru (Come Peru).

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From 2013 to 2021, shipments abroad averaged an annual growth of 70 percent, going from $17.4 million to $1.187 billion.

In 2021, Peru became the world’s leading blueberry exporter, representing 25.2 percent of the total marketed worldwide.

In the first half of this year, the U.S. was the largest destination with $84.4 million, 103 percent more when compared to the same period last year, and it represented 62.5 percent of the total shipments of Peruvian blueberries to the world.

Following the U.S. was the Netherlands with $25.3 million reflecting a growth of 88.5 percent and representing 18.7 of shipments. The UK came next with $10 million reflecting a growth of 625.1 percent and representing 7.4 percent of shipments.

These three were followed by China with $4.7 million reflecting a growth of 201.4 percent representing 3.5 percent of the total shipments, and Hong Kong with $3.9 million reflecting a growth of 161 percent representing 2.9 percent of the total shipments.

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