Exporters are still waiting for lager volumes that have not been reached so far, this situation is keeping the markets with less supply of blueberries from Chile than desirable. Exports in the last week (48) were 3,592 tons, this is more than 1,000 tons more than the estimate for the week. Organic blueberry exports, on the other hand, were 168 tons, 4.7% of the total exported during the week.
Currently, expectations have been moderated in terms of volumes and this is reflected in the estimate for the coming weeks. It is projected a moderate peak for this week (49) around 6,500 tons of exports. It is necessary to consider that the harvests of this week (49) and the next, are the most important to supply the good demand for holidays at the end of the year. At the same time, it is important to know, that Region VII has already entered into full activity and, together with the other regions of the central zone, are contributing about 2/3 of the exports. At the same time, an increase in the harvesting activity in Region VIII is also expected, assuring the provision of quality blueberries in the months of December and January.
A very important aspect to consider is the impact that the colder weather has on fruit quality. The slow development and ripening of the fruits has contributed to high quality fruit and good shelf life, which generates very good expectations in pre-Christmas and New Year sales.
With limited volumes the northern regions will remain active for a few more weeks although without much impact on the exports.
Central-North Zone: Regions RM, VI and VII
Currently this is the area that contributes in major part to the blueberries export, with 2/3 of the total exported. Being the VII Region the one that showed the greater harvest activity at the moment and will stay this way until the end of January. The quality is in optimal conditions due to the mild weather that has prevailed throughout the area. No rain are expected, therefore there will be no interruptions of harvest at least in the next two weeks
Central-South Zone: Regions VII and IX
With a more moderate pace, the VIII region is increasing its harvests. Currently it contributes 18% of the total, but a rapid increase is expected during December, which will lead to contribute in similar volumes as the VII region towards the end of the year 2017 and January 2018. Optimal quality
South Zone: Regions XIV and X
Harvests and exports are emerging in the IX region. And in the regions further south, they will not start until January 2018. Greater activity is expected in week 51.