The exports of week 4 reached 8,124 tons, accumulating a total of 85,738 tons this season, which represents 6% more than the previous season in the same week and also 3% above the initial estimate, more than compensating the effect of the hailstones of November. Considering that the season is in the final third and that the shipments of this week (5) and the next (6) will continue with important volumes, over 7,000 tons per week, there is a high probability to reach the 110 thousand tons.
Among the factors that justify a greater volume observed for fresh exports, are mainly the good climate in the fruit set and ripening, the weather in spring had the hail event that made foreseen a 5% decrease in production. However, the end of spring and summer with good temperatures and only with a rain in the second week of January, generated optimum conditions of fruit growth and the higher sizes observed have compensated the fall expected after hail event.
The other factor is that the frozen sector, which initially had predicted an increase in the diversion of fruit to this industry, due to the lower stock of frozen products in the US, has not been this way. The climatic conditions have allowed to allocate more fruit to fresh exports than initially expected, resulting in the higher fresh volumes exported to date.
Thus, it is estimated that the total fresh exports will reach 110,000 tons, with volumes somewhat higher than the initial estimate for the last third of the season.
Regarding organic exports, they remain at the peak with 1,815 tons exported in week 4, accumulating to date 9,027 tons, 54% more than the previous season. North America maintains the leadership, with 78% of market share followed by Europe with 21% share.
Season is finished.
Season is finished.
The harvest is focused on late varieties such as Brightwell, Tifblue and O'chlockonee, among others. For this weekend a heat wave is expected with maximums above 35 ºC, which would extend between Saturday and Wednesday next week.
In these moments, the south zone is the one that contributes with the greatest export volume. The Region of Araucanía is passing the harvest peak, Los Rios and Los Lagos are entering the to the peak. The main varieties are Brigitta and Legacy. On the other hand, this weekend and until next Wednesday is expected a heat wave that will also affect the south zone, which could affect crops for fresh.