According to the International Blueberry Organization’s (IBO) 2022 Global Blueberry Industry Status Report, global volumes of fresh and processed blueberries are approaching 1.8 million tons with China ranking as the world’s leading producer by volume, followed by the U.S., Peru, Chile, and Mexico.
Peru overtook Chile in the third position, and Mexico replaces Canada in fifth.
Amid continued growth, consumer demand for ever-improving quality is driving innovation in the adoption of new genetics, farming practices, postharvest systems and more, to deliver ever-improving blueberries to an ever-increasing base of consumers.
IBO president Peter McPherson said: “The Global State of the Blueberry Industry Report is a fantastic platform developed by the IBO to make it easy to access valuable information and help drive this industry forward. The 2022 Report sets a new standard in fresh produce industry reporting with a wealth of data, analysis and up-to-date information that we can all draw on to better understand how our industry is performing and what the future holds.”
Cort Brazelton, editor-in-chief and co-author of the report, said: “A more informed industry is a healthier industry. As people in all parts of the value chain in the global blueberry business seek to make better-informed decisions, this report remains a critical resource. This new Global State of the Blueberry Industry Report represents an exciting progression in the ongoing project”.
Colin Fain, who led the team behind the report and is a co-author, commented: “This report represents a leap in supply-side communication and market statistics to industry. It contains nearly 200 pages of knowledge and information, including planting, production and trade data for the category worldwide”