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Agroberries leading Southern Hemisphere supply

Thu 24/03/2016 by Richard Wilkinson
Agroberries has more than 500ha of blueberries planted between Chile and Argentina.

Agroberries is consolidated as one of the Southern Hemisphere’s leading exporters, producing in Chile, Argentina, Mexico and the US.

In 2014 the company traded 25 million kilos of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, mainly to markets in the US (60%), the UK and continental Europe. Now, the company is in the midst of an expansion process.

“We plan to invest 12 million dollars in the next couple of years in Chile, Argentina, México and the US. We are also looking with great interest into Peru,” said general manager Juan Pablo Spoerer. The strategy involves duplicating the planted surfaces, introducing highly resistant varieties as well as technology and information system improvements.

Agroberries has more than 500ha of blueberries planted between Chile and Argentina. Exports this season from Chile alone are estimated at around 8,000 tons, representing 20% more than last year.

“In Argentina we have exported 1,800 tons this season, showing growth of 80% – making the company Argentina’s number one blueberry exporter,” Spoerer said.

The company recently announced a strategic alliance with S&A Produce Ltd, a leading UK distributor. SAB Produce, the new company with shared ownership, will be in charge of marketing fruit coming from the Americas, Europe, Morocco and Egypt into the European market. Asia is another market with huge potential for growth.

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