During this week, the season of fresh blueberries exports has ended.
During last week (12), only 70 tons were shipped, reaching an accumulated volume of 91,032 tons of blueberries, which means 1.3% less than the accumulated at the same date last year. As some shipments usually occur until mid-April, it is possible to estimate that the season will finish with a volume of around 91,200 tons, with a difference of -1.1% compared to 2014/15 season total.
It was an unusual season, the beginning was marked by a particularly cold and humid weather that mainly affected the early season portion of blueberry production in Chile until the earliest valleys of the VII region, delaying export volumes compared to previous seasons between one and two weeks. The peak over 4,000 tons occurred a week after than during 204/15 season, and volumes over 6,000 tons were reached just during week 51, two weeks after the previous season. Once high volumes (over 4,000 tons) were reached, these remained stable, without major changes until week 6, ensuring a consistent supply from Chile to different markets. Finally, the end of the season was marked by high temperatures and intermittent rains in the south, which deteriorated the condition of the fruit causing a lower volume for fresh exports, decreasing rapidly from week 8 to this week when only harvests for frozen blueberries were recorded.
Ending with the analysis of the 2015/16 season, the market distribution of fresh blueberries exports is as follows:
USA/Canada: At week 12, 63,200 tons of blueberries have been sent, with a share of 69%. This volume is the second highest in the history of blueberry exports to this market, after the record of 67,840 tons shipped in 2012/13 and is 3% higher than last season.
Europe: At week 12, 19,568 tons of blueberries have been sent, with a share of 22%. This volume is the second highest after the volume sent during 2014/15 season, when 21,061 tons were reached, with a decrease of 7%. The lower volumes projected caused that the US/Canada market was prioritized over Europe.
Far East: At week 12, 8,112 tons were sent, with a share of 9%. This volume is the second highest after the shipments of 2014/15 season, when 9,423 tons were shipped, a decrease of 14%.
The harvest for fresh exports in the southern zone is ended.
North Zone (IV-V regions)
The North Zone is finished.
Central Zone (Metropolitan-VI regions)
The Central Zone is finished.
South-Central Zone (VII-VIII regions)
Regions VII and VIII are finished.
South Zone (IX-X-XIV regions)
The harvest for fresh exports in the regions IX, XIV and X, is finished.
On wednesday 30 will be cloudy in all the valleys, varying to rainy from the VII toward south.
During thursday 31, the rainfalls will decline quickly during the dawn, giving step to a sky with partial cloudiness from the VII region toward south.
From friday 1 and all the weekend, the south of the XIV region will be affected by a weather front with weak rainfalls.
Is expected that the temperature range will be according to the period of the year. Nevertheless, the maximum and minimum temperatures will decline toward the weekend from the V region toward south.
Source: Chilean Weather Bureau (DMC)