The Chilean cherry season is in full swing, with promotions ongoing throughout January and into early February.
Current price losers include categories of berries, wet vegetables and lettuce. Blackberries led the decline, -22 percent, as Mexico continues to offer reliable supply.
In its second estimate, the Cherry Committee of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX) projects greater growth compared to its first estimate (310,352 tons) on Nov. 9.
Oppy has significantly expanded its imported cherry program from Chile, Argentina and New Zealand, doubling volumes to cater to increasing market demand.
The Chilean Cherry Export Committee within Chilean Fresh Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX) Santiago, forecasts a record season for 2020-21.
A government report from Chile found that fruit exports dropped 5 percent in volume and 10 percent in value in 2020, and the declines were even steeper for grapes.
Chilean fruit exporters report lower numbers in terms of volume and value through August 2020.
Chile’s cherry crop grew 13 percent in the 2019-20 season, and while the U.S. is the No.2 market for exports, it’s a distant second.
August is a busy month in the Superfresh Growers farms.
A lighter cherry crop is leading to a stronger market not seen in several seasons.