10,158 tons were exported don week 02, reaching a total of 66,742 tons shipped to date, practically the same as in 2018/19 at the same week.
However, despite the similarity in volume at this stage of the season, differences in harvest dynamics have been observed. On one hand, the early and mid-season varieties started earlier this season and reached the peaks of volumes more anticipated than the previous year, although in some cases this resulted in lower volume for shorter crops and fruits with lower weight, this has been compensated by the increase in the volumes of later varieties of the central zone and the increase in the surface of the south zone, which explains part of the volume recorded during week 02.
On the other hand, and as already mentioned, surface growth has been concentrated in the central south and south zones and therefore, there are higher volumes expected for this season in this areas. If the weather is still favorable, this increase, with renewed varieties, should be 5,000 tons more than last season, reaching 115,000 tons projected for this campaign.
Regarding the destination markets, North America has received 48% of the volumes to date and has experienced a 7% drop. Europe has received 33% of shipments, with a growth of 3% and the Far East has received 18% of the volumes with a growth of 31%.
Meanwhile, shipments of organic blueberries continue with an upward trend. During week 02, 1,457 tons were exported, accumulating to date 7,589 tons, 37% more than the previous season. North America continues to be the main destination market with 73% of the shipments, while Europe is second in importance, with 21% of participation.
CHILEAN BLUEBERRY EXPORTS, BY WEEK AND ACCUMULATED UP TO WEEK 3, IN TONS
The season is over, leaving only some limited volumes in the Valparaíso region.
The season is finished, with very limited harvest reported in the OHiggins region
In this area the peak of harvest has already passed, although the volumes are still high and concentrated in varieties such as Legacy, which has already passed the peak of volumes, Brigitta is at the peak of volumes while Brigthwell is increasing.
Duke is still in harvest although with decreasing volumes. Now varieties such as Legacy are taking more relevance due to the harvest volumes are increasing as well as Brigitta which is starting the season.