Chilean fruit exporters report lower numbers in terms of volume and value through August 2020.
Chilean blueberry growers expect a slightly larger crop and similar export season in 2020-21 as last season.
U.S. demand for Chilean navel oranges has been robust since the season started, and the market continues to demonstrate great sales momentum as September progresses.
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.
Chile has become a key supply source for lemons over the summer months, shipping 55,000 tons to the U.S. market in 2019.
Through the setbacks brought on by the pandemic, Chilean cherries reached historical levels during the 2019-2020 campaign, with China being a main consumer.
Chile can point to bad weather for the drop in export volume for kiwifruit, but as one would expect, the global pandemic also contributed.
The Chilean Citrus industry is forecasting export volume of 347,000 tons across all categories, which represents a 4% increase over 2019.
Chilean blueberries, which get a boost as a healthy food, have seen strong growth, particularly in Asia, where the pandemic is receding, as reported by Blueberries Consulting.
According to the Association of Chilean Fruit Exporters, the U.S. and China are the top two destinations for Chilean table grapes.