Chilean blueberry exports to the U.S. are expected to increase 28% over last season’s total of 49,793 tons.
With 43% of the crop shipped as of Jan. 5, volumes are running 4% ahead of pre-season estimates, according to a news release from the Santiago-based Chilean Blueberry Committee.
The committee estimates that the U.S. will receive about 82% of this season’s crop.
As of early January, harvest had ended in Chile’s northern growing region and was winding down in the central region. Production was centered in the south-central region, with harvest just beginning in the southern region.