On week 6, 4,192 tons of fresh blueberries were exported from Chile. This volume is lower than the initially expected due to the high temperatures in the central-south and south zones that affected the fruit and led to fruit discards. The accumulated volume today is 98,573 tons, 2.9% higher than the previous season.
From now on, the high temperatures might continue to reduce the amount of fruit destined for fresh exports and also the prevision made last week about reaching a similar volume than the previous season around 110,000 tons. This situation will remain monitored.
With respect to the organic blueberries, 834 tons were exported on week 6. However, it must be taking into account that this figure is susceptible to further corrections and that the previous week, 2,000 tons were exported, making it normal that a heavy drop, bellow 1,000 tons has occurred. With the volume of week 6, Chile presents an accumulated volume of organic fresh blueberry exports of 11,870 tons in the current 2018/19 season. This volume represents a 42% increase since last season and it is expected that the share of organic volume will continue to increase in the coming seasons.
Season is finished.
Only some later varieties of the VII region remain in harvest, such as Brightwell, Ochlockonee, Tifblue and Brigitta, but the harvests are on the downside and the end is expected for a further week.
This region still presents strong harvests in some localities, being Legacy, Brigitta and Brightwell the most important ones. However, there is a significant drop in volumes and are expected to end within 4 weeks.
With low volumes, the varieties in harvest which give the highest export volume are Brigitta and Brightwell. There is also a lower volume compared to the harvests of the same week of the previous year. This region will continue in harvest with very limited volumes throughout March.