Chile exported 8,032 tons in the first week of the year, of which 406 tons were organic blueberries, 5.3% of the total. This volume was higher than the projected 6,200 tons and corresponds to an expression of how firm and friendly the climate is in the regions of greatest activity, regarding the development of the fruit.
During the week there were rains in the Southern regions, which interrupted the harvesting. However, these regions are not yet fully active, so they had little impact on the volume exported during the week. The southern zone will have greater participation in the harvests from the end of January onwards, where it will have to be monitored because there is a probability of rains that could affect the harvests.
This was the fourth week with volumes above 8,000 tons, where the full season of Chile is evident and unlike previous seasons, the fluidity observed in the processes and the good quality of the fruit, have also helped in the markets to flow. The distribution of cumulative exports of the season is 58% to the US. along with Canada; 25% to Europe and 17% to the Far East.
The next few weeks we will continue to see high volumes of dispatches, but the big peak has already passed. The second week of February would begin the decline in volumes exported by Chile.
Completed. The further limited volumes that could come out of these regions correspond to lagging fruit.
Central-North Zone: Regions RM, VI and VII
The Metropolitan Region also presents a similar situation to northern zone. It is practically finished, the limited volumes that could come out in the following weeks, correspond to lagging fruit.
The VI Region, meanwhile, keeps the last crops especially Brigitta and O'Neil and less portion of others like Legacy, Duke, Brigtwell, Draper and Emerald, these last two among the newest. However, they will be very limited volumes of less than 10 tons each in the coming weeks.
The VII Region maintains the leadership contributing 47% of exports. Legacy is the main one followed by Brigitta, in additionto a number of other varieties. Among the newest in harvest are Blue Gold, Red Duke, Draper, Emerald, Corona, Camellia, Blue Ribbon, Ozarkblue, Violet and Denisse among others. This region will remain in high activity for the next 3 weeks, falling lightly towards the beginning of February.
Central-South Zone: Regions VII and IX
The harvest of the VIII region is similar to that of the VII although it remains below in participation to the total volume of Chile in week 1. The main varieties are Legacy, Brigitta and Duke, in this order and also presents a similar situation to the VII in terms of the varieties of less contribution.
The IX Region with a contribution of 6%, is quickly going into more activity. The high activity will be maintained in this area for the next 3 weeks
South Zone: Regions XIV and X
With a current contribution of 3%, the southern zone is rapidly accelerating to start its strong crop season. The main variety of these regions is Duke, although accompanied by many others that complete the offer. All eyes are on these regions, X and XIV due to the probability of rain in the coming weeks, which could limit export capacity. Aspect that should be closely monitored.