In 2022, Peru was the world’s leading exporter of blueberries with $1.36 billion in value, surpassing the U.S., Spain, Canada, the Netherlands, and Morocco, according to the Research Center for Global Economy and Business of the Association of Exporters (CIEN-ADEX).
Peru remained in that position for the fourth consecutive year. In 2021, shipments reached $1.22 billion reflecting a growth of 172 percent when compared to 2020.
“This good performance is the result of more than 10 years of investment by companies. We have a production that we hope will continue to grow, for which a stable legal framework is needed that really promotes provide activity,” stated the head of ADEX consulting, Lizbeth Pumasunco.
Currently there are more than 65 varieties, the most important being Ventura and Biloxi, which represent around 58 percent of the total. Others are Rocio, Emerald, Sekoya Pop, Atlas Blue, and Sekoya Beauty.
The largest shipments are registered between August and December. In January 2023, they totaled $72,624,000, reflecting a 4 percent growth compared to the same month in 2022 when the amount amounted to $69,751,000.
Peruvian blueberries reached 25 destinations in January. The leader was the U.S. with $31,317,000 with a representation of 51.4 percent. In second place was the Netherlands $19,589,000 with a representation of 27 percent.
The top ten were completed by the UK ($6.1 million), China ($5.916 million), Hong Kong ($2.09 million), Thailand, Ireland, Spain, Israel and Brazil.