Blueberry season review

Published on Wednesday 27 November 2019 08:03
Blueberry season review

In France, the demand for blueberries has steadily risen in the last three years. However, consumption has been far inferior to that of scandinavian countries. Fruits coming from Peru, Argentina, and Chile have contributed to the internal market’s supply. These imports will continue until spanish fruits come back on the market. 

In Belgium, the latest blueberry harvest suffered from extreme temperatures. 20 percent of the harvest was dried out or burned. However the prices are stabilizing at the end of the season.

In the Netherlands, traders have observed that Peru’s production is growing by 60 percent and that it will become a competitor starting this year. Germany, the U.K., and Scandinavia have remained the dutch country’s top clients for exporting. 

In Germany, those who didn’t grow the latest varieties of blueberries, like the Liberty or the Elisabeth, had a premature end to their campaign. The low national production and supply, caused Poland to take advantage of the situation and move onto the german market. Wholesale price rose, while the price of the latest german blueberries sky rocketed. 

In Spain, their campaign started with the Duke, followed by the Aurora, and finished with the Centra Blue. After two years of bad harvests, the blueberries from the north of the country finally managed to get things back on track, thanks to ideal climate conditions. The demand for blueberries in the Iberian Peninsula is constant, because this fruit has become a common product. 

In Italy, consumption of blueberries was also on the rise, but stays relatively low in comparison to countries of Northern Europe where it is regarded as a superfood. Due to this rise in popularity, the area under cultivation has quadrupled from 275 hectares in 2009 to 1,100 hectares last year. 

In Poland, even though the adverse weather conditions made the yield per hectare fall rapidly, the total volume produced has been superior to previous years thanks to the augmentation in area under cultivation. The majority of polish production was exported towards Europe, while a small percentage was shipped to the Middle East. 

In Peru, the season should last until March. The peruvian blueberry exports should likely reach 76,000 tons this year. The distribution should stay similar to last year’s, the only difference being the prediction of a strong rise in exports towards China, who would absorb 15 percent of the total. 46 percent of the balance would be shipped to the United States, 26 percent to Europe, and 13 percent to Russia. 

In the United States, the harvest of Oregon blueberries has been satisfactory. In Washington, the stocks of blueberries have shrunk more rapidly than predicted. The demand for blueberries was sustained even though the rise was not any more spectacular than in the past. Arrival of blueberries from Peru, Chile, and Argentina has allowed for prices to balance out. 

In Canada, the season in British Columbia started earlier, where as it lasted three extra weeks in the coastal region and in Quebec. 

In Australia, good weather conditions have permitted the country to build up a large supply of blueberries, which has caused prices to go down. Last year blueberry production progressed by 42 percent, causing a drop in imports coming from New Zealand. 

In South Africa, growers have been drawn in by the growing of blueberries because of the elevated potential gains in comparison to invested capital. The costs of establishment demand big expenses, but the producers have been able to quickly monetize their investments. The rapid growth of this sector has already created 4,000 new jobs in 5 years.

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