The season continues progressing at a slow pace due to a drop in the maximum temperatures in the cultivation areas, which has delayed the fruit ripening. However, the export volumes remain higher tan previous season accumulating 467 tons up to week 42, this means an increase of 70% on the shipments compared to previous season at the same date.
The shipments remain only airfreights and are mainly destined to North America, where 261 tons have been dispatched so far (week 42) and the Far East with 187 tons. On the other hand, exports of organic blueberries totaled 212 tons up to week 42, which means a 45% of the total shipments.
Regarding frozen blueberry, the stocks in the U.S continue lower than the previous year, accumulating about 112,000 tons in September, 7% or 8,600 less than in 2017 at the same date.
IV and V Regions continue to provide the largest volume of exports. However, the harvest rate remains moderate, influenced by the decrease in the maximum temperatures these past weeks.
The harvest of early varieties in the Metropolitan and VI regions progress slowly. Maximum temperatures continue under the historical level (see temperature graph), which have affected the ripening process.
The season is just starting with the harvest in some early areas but volumes are very light. VIII Region has not yet started. As happens in other regions, the fruit ripening has been delayed by the lack of temperatures.
The season has not yet started.