3,800 tons were exported during week 7, marking the end of the peak of exports period. The total accumulated is 103,601 tons, 1.6% less than in 2018/19.
The exports of the Chilean late production, from week 5 onwards, have been lower than the updated estimate and to the actual shipments of the last two seasons. Among the events that have resulted in the current scenario are the current market state, the complex situation in China due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the results obtained in North America and Europe in the peak period due to the increase in the supply of the Southern Hemisphere. This has led, in some cases, to stop the harvests for fresh consumption and start to divert fruit to IQF. On the other hand, the weather conditions, especially the rains of week 6, affected the southern part of the country, reducing the amount of fruit suitable for exports in fresh, as well as the high temperatures that affected in a concentration of the crops, ending the season earlier.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the markets, with the exception of China, are showing a better behavior and a better performance is expected for the last part of the Chilean season. Crops and exports will continue to advance in the southern zone, at least 5 weeks of export are still projected with volumes in a downward trend but encouraged by clearer markets and by the projection of a mild weather without rains at least in the next 10 days.
CHILEAN BLUEBERRY EXPORTS, BY WEEK AND ACCUMULATED UP TO WEEK 8, IN TONS
The season is over.
The season is over.
The harvest is in the final stage of the season, with the last picking of Brigthwell, Ochlocknonee and Tifblue.
The weather was favorable this week, except on Monday were low intensity rain was recorder in some areas. The crops progress normally, although the harvest starts late in the day due to the drizzle. The focus is on Brigitta, Legacy, Liberty and Elliot.