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Peru expects major increase in blueberry production

  • Peru expects major increase in blueberry production

    by Market Insider

    Thursday, 21 Aug. 2014

    Peruvian blueberry exports look set to hit US$40 million by the end of the year and a five-fold increase in the country’s production land is planned to boost trade even further.

    Farm land is expected to go up from the current 1.000 to 5.000 hectares in the medium-term and there would be no limits to the industry’s potential growth; Chile, by comparison, has around 13.000 hectares of blueberry production land.

    The United States of America is Peru’s biggest importer of the fruit, receiving 70% of exports; China is also requesting shipments of the fruit along with South Korea and Japan, following an ‘awakening’ amongst consumers of the demand for superfruits like blueberries and raspberries.

    Peru’s blueberry harvest begins in September while Chile starts later in November and Peru is in a good position to take advantage of the lack of global supply in October, the month of the year when few other countries harvest their crops.

    This gap is ‘an important niche’ for Peru and many large companies had already placed themselves in the market around September and October to take full advantage of the situation.

    Source: Freshfruitportal

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