Peru’s blueberry campaign begins with expectations of increased shipments to Malaysia and India

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The 2022-2023 blueberry campaign in Peru has started in week 18 and, after reaching shipments of 300 tonnes in the first few weeks, the Association of Blueberry Producers of Peru (Proarandanos), expects the country to export around 700 tonnes of blueberries per week by the end of June as the harvests in the northern and central coastal fields progress.

Peru has managed to consolidate itself as the main exporter of blueberries in the world, conquering markets such as the United States and China (where 12% of national production is directed). However, the country should not rest on its laurels as Mexico has managed to ramp up its berry production in recent seasons, said Daniel Bustamante, president of Proarandanos. The objective is to have an open world, that is, to have new markets which, although further away from Peru, allow the destinations of Peruvian blueberries to be diversified.

In this sense, in 2021, Peru shipped its first 23 tons of blueberries to India. This year, the country plans to significantly increase the volume shipped to this destination and to Malaysia. Additionally, the country would make its first shipments to Israel this campaign after that market opens in 2022.

Israel has a small population but high demand, Bustamante said. He also said that Proaranadanos will continue to work hand in hand with the National Agrarian Health Service (Senasa) to open up the Japanese market, which has great potential both in terms of the number of consumers and their purchasing power.

He also said that although Senasa workers had discovered blueberry rust on Peruvian soil, there had been no outbreak and there was no cause for alarm. He also confirmed that they maintain their blueberry export growth forecast of 15% for the 2022-2023 campaign, with shipments that would reach 276,000 tons.

Source: management.pe

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