Chilean blueberry shippers exported a record amount for a week, the second-to-last week of 2017.

Chilean blueberry shippers exported a record amount for a week, the second-to-last week of 2017.

Chile shipped 11,575 tons during Week 51, totaling the highest weekly number in the history of the industry, according to a Chilean Fresh Fruit Association news release.

Through that week, Chile had shipped 46,500 tons of an estimated 101,700 tons or 45% of the season’s crop.

The U.S. continues to be the top market for Chilean blueberries. Chile has shipped 25,500 tons of blueberries to the U.S. through Week 52, which is 55% of the total season to date, said Karen Brux, managing director of the association.

The Chilean Blueberry Committee reports this season is progressing in an orderly and healthy way compared to last season when the harvest was several weeks early. 

Weather has been exceptional for blueberry development and shipments, the committee said.

It reports 6% of year-to-date blueberry shipments have been organic, but this will continue to increase as the southern zones of IX and X begin harvest.  

The Chilean Blueberry Committee will be showcasing its organic products at The Packer’s inaugural Global Organic Produce Expo, Jan. 25-27 in Hollywood, Fla.