In 2020, as we predicted in the berry business yearly review, Peru has consolidated its leadership as the global leader in blueberry exports. According to Agrodata Peru, in 2020, Peru increased its blueberry exports by 27.5% to 155.600 tons, widening the gap with Chile, where the growth in blueberry exports was less significant.
However, the dynamic decline in the average export price of Peruvian blueberries is a factor to consider. The average price of blueberries exported from Peru in 2020 fell sharply by 19.4% and was record-low since the country’s entry into the global export market. Thus, the total revenue from exports rose by less than 3% to $833 million despite the sharp increase in volume.
Naturally, the average export price decrease led to a reduction in the blueberry business’s profitability for producers. However, as most of Peru’s blueberry plantations are just beginning to bear fruit, most farmers’ overall income has not declined.
The leading export destination for Peruvian blueberries in 2020 was the United States, which bought 52% of the total export volume. At the same time, farmers growing blueberries in the United States have recently been actively protesting against the increase in blueberries’ supply from Peru. They are planning to take measures to protect their market.
The Netherlands, China, UK, Hong Kong and Canada were also important markets for blueberries from Peru. The largest blueberry exporters from Peru were Camposol SA, Hortifrut Peru SAC, Complejo Agroindustrial Beta SA, Agrovision Peru SAC, Agricola Santa Azul SRL, Agroberries Peru SAC, Danper Trujillo SAC and Agricola Cerro Prieto SA.
It is worth mentioning that EastFruit analysts predict a decline in blueberry prices in Ukraine and Georgia in 2021 due to the expected sharp increase in production in these countries and Spain, Poland and the whole region.
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