With the season progress reaching 50% and near 56,200 tons exported until week 1, the shipments from Chile remain fairly in line with the previous campaign. The north zone is already finished, with exports 16% higher than last season, this growth was led by new varieties. The central zone is in the final stage of harvest and so far, the shipments shows a 20% drop with respect to the figure reached in the previous season. On the contrary, from the central south to the south zone, which are contributing with the main export volumes, the shipments are 3% higher compared to the previous campaign, led by varieties such as Duke, Legacy and others that are being recommended by the Committee for being exported. The quality of the fruit from the southern regions has been very good this season due to favorable weather conditions.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, although the total accumulated volumes are greater than the previous campaign, the end of the season has been observed more abruptly in the early and mid-season varieties, as a result of high temperatures and crop concentration.
In relation to organic blueberries, exports to date total 6,131 tons, 40% more than the previous season.
CHILEAN BLUEBERRY EXPORTS, BY WEEK AND ACCUMULATED UP TO WEEK 2, IN TONS
The season is over, leaving only some limited volumes in the Valparaíso region.
The OHiggins Region is in the final stage of its season, with the harvest of late varieties such as Brigthwell, although volumes are very low.
In the Maule Region the Legacy harvest is almost done, Brigitta is at the peak of volumes and Brigthwel is just beginning. A similar situation is observed in the Ñuble and BioBio regions.
Duke's harvest is ending in the Araucania region, with a sharper end this season. The focus is now on Legacy, while Brigitta is just beginning.