The Chilean blueberry harvests are focused on the south central zone, where the most representative volumes of the country are located. Thus, 6,538 tons of blueberries were shipped during week 49 slightly less than the 6,745 tons exported the same week of the previous season. However, the peak weeks period has begun, with exports volumes exceeding 6,000 tons per week. The accumulated volumes up to date have already reached 18,211 tons, 5% more than the previous campaign at the same week (49).
The organic blueberries continue with greater volumes than the last season, with 3,400 tons exported up to date, which is a 84% growth over last season.
Regarding frozen blueberries, the stocks in the U.S.A. continue with a higher level of fruit, as of October 2019 there were around 126,000 tons accumulated, this is 22% more than in 2018. In line with the previously mentioned, the exports from Chile reached 3,500 tons in October 2019, 12% more than same month of 2018.
CHILEAN BLUEBERRY EXPORTS, BY WEEK AND ACCUMULATED UP TO WEEK 50, IN TONS
Harvest volumes are declining in the Coquimbo and Valparaíso regions, with Jewel being the most important variety at this stage of the season.
The O Higgins Region is already passing the peak of volumes with O Neal, Star and Duke being the main varieties at the moment.
The Maule region continues with rising volumes, the early varieties are passing the peak of harvest while the mid-season varieties are increasing. Duke is the main variety at the moment and with less volumes are O Neal and Star, among others. Legacy is on the rise. The Ñuble Region also shows increasing volumes and is in a similar stage than Maule Region. The BioBio meanwhile, focuses on Duke.
In Araucanía Region the harvest continues at a good pace, mainly with Duke. Further south, the harvest is just beginning.