Peru exported 1,226 tons of blueberries in the first nine months of this year – more than double its shipments for the same period in 2013.
According to Peruvian government agency Sierra Exportadora, the country’s blueberry exports from January–September were worth nearly US$ 12 million (FOB price)– up from just over $4 million for the same months last year.
With its busiest blueberry export months being September, October and November, it anticipates a year end total of $40 million. Peru’s blueberry exports totalled 1,349 tons last year, with a value of just over $15 million. It ships to countries including the US, UK, Holland and Hong Kong.
Referring to it as the “fruit of the century”, the agency said Peru aspires to becoming a major world blueberry supplier. Earlier this year the agency launched a project to establish raspberry production in the Cajamarca region, tipped by some to soon become Peru’s berry capital.
source: Sierra Exportadora