The effects of this spring that has been characterized by climate events that have affected the harvest volumes and delayed the fruit ripening are still being felt until week 47. Thus, the total exports are 5,461 tons, a similar volume of the previous season at same period, season that was characterized by its slow start.
2,251 tons were exported on week 47, 8% less than the same week of last season. Of this total, 1,503 tons were shipped to North America; 463 tons to Europe and 281 tons to the Far East, most of them are maritime shipments. As for organic blueberries, 1,369 tons have been exported through week 47, 45% more than last season in the same week. North America continues to absorb more than 90% of the volumes.
The frozen blueberry stocks in the USA are still low. As of October 31, there were 103,444 tons compared to the 116,449 tons of 2017 at same month, this means 11% less of fruit stored.
Regarding the heavy volumes from Chile, they are expected to begin this week (48) with more than 4,000 tons, which will be informed next week. From week 49 onwards it’s expected that the export volume will exceed the 7,000 tons per week, which will mark the beginning of the peak volumes period in Chile.
The IV Region already shows decreasing volumes while the V Region continues in the peak weeks of harvests, mainly with Jewel and to a lesser extent Star, Emerald and other varieties.
At this time, the highest volumes of harvest and export come from this area, mainly from Region VI. The main varieties in harvest are O'Neal, Star and Rocio.
The largest volumes from this area comes from Region VII. The harvest is still focused on early varieties such as Star and O'Neal while mid-season varieties are starting to be harvested, so the volumes should be activated from the next few weeks.
The season has not yet started.