During week 51, the trend of higher exports was resumed with 10,686 tons shipped. The total accumulated up to date is 38,093 tons, 4% more than the previous season in the same week. All of the destination markets have received more fruit with the exception of North America, which has decreased 4% compared to the previous season (830 tons less), on the contrary the Far East has shown the biggest increase, with 42% over the last season (2,300 ton).
On the other hand, the frozen blueberry stocks remain high in the U.S., as of November 30 there were about 119,000 tons, 31% more than in 2018. Similarly, the Chilean frozen blueberry shipments are also higher, with 2,643 tons exported during November, 46% more than in 2018, this despite the good weather conditions during the spring.
CHILEAN BLUEBERRY EXPORTS, BY WEEK AND ACCUMULATED UP TO WEEK 52, IN TONS
The season is finished in Coquimbo while Valparaíso is in its final stage, with the latest collections of Jewel, Emerald and Corona among others.
The OHiggins Region is in the final stage of its season, with decreasing volumes and the latest collections of ONeal, Star and Duke, among others varieties of lesser relevance.
In the Maule Region, the harvests of early varieties are in its final stage, with the latest collections of ONeal and Duke. The mid-season ones are on the rise; Legacy is at the peak of volumes while Brigitta is just starting. A similar situation is observed in the Ñuble Region while in the BioBio, Legacy is increasing but still does not enter the peak. On the other hand, low intensity rains were reported in these regions, which would not have had a major impact on crops.
In the Araucanía Region, the harvest of Duke is at the peak of volumes, while Legacy is just beginning. Rains were recorded in this region, which would have affected labors in those sectors of greater intensity.