The world’s appetite for the sweet superfood shows no signs of abating, with markets across the world expanding. Production struggles to keep pace with demand, prompting increased shipments from all corners of the globe throughout the year. Peru may soon overtake Chile as the world’s leading blueberry exporter. US consumers are particularly hungry for blueberries.
World blueberry market expands 24% in 2018
Driscoll’s takes CBC to court for alleged patent infringement
On March 20, berry specialist Driscoll’s has sued California Berry Cultivars (CBC) and its co-founder Douglas Shaw for alleged patent infringement and conversion of its proprietary strawberry varieties. This case follows a previous complaint made by UC Davis against California Berry Cultivars (CBC) in May 2017, when a jury found CBC guilty of “wilful patent infringement”. Following the outcome of this trial, CBC breeding records were made public, allegedly revealing that CBC had been breeding with several of Driscoll’s varieties.
CIV focuses on innovation, presenting 5 new strawberry varieties destined for international markets at the Global Berry Congress 2019 in Rotterdam
A sales strategy that includes working closely with Retailers Category Managers
CIV - Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti [Italian Growers Consortium] in San Giuseppe di Comacchio (Ferrara) - will attend the next Global Berry Congress 2019 (www.berrycongress.com) taking place in Rotterdam on 25-27 March 2019.
Spanish strawberry production area expands 3.5%
Spain’s strawberry production area increased by 3.5% in 2018, from 5,890 hectares to 6,095. The country’s 2017/18 campaign ended with a production of 280,300 tons, 8% less than twelve months earlier, while the production of other berries increased, blueberries (+15%), raspberries (+2%) and blackberries (+8%). Next week, representatives of the Spanish, Italian and French strawberry sectors will meet to review last season and discuss the campaign ahead.
BerryWorld® celebrates 25 years of growing the berry world
Mexico’s berry exports reach US$2.1 billion
Bumper harvest for Chile's blueberry
Chile is experiencing a bumper blueberry harvest this year, but, nevertheless, expects to see a drop in exports next campaign. The high temperatures in the north of the country have led to higher production and exports by Week 40 totalled 174 tons, almost triple the 64 tons exported at the same point in 2017. These numbers have been greatly helped by the resumption of shipments to North America, where 82 tons have been sent. Organic production accounts for 38% of total exports.
Camposol: First anniversary of "The Berry That Cares"
This month we celebrate one year of the presentation of the blueberry brand "The Berry That Cares"(TBTC) and Camposol is very satisfied with its introduction in the market. The intense marketing campaign, launched in 2017, continues throughout the year 2018 in the company´s main markets: North America, Europe and China. The TBTC blueberries are being very well received in the Asian country where they were offered for the first time in 2018.
Spanish blueberry prices above last year’s due to lower production
Spain’s blueberry campaign began somewhat earlier this year. By February and March, more kilos were obtained than in the same months of 2017. However, when the main months of the campaign arrived, the volumes of production to be sold were below the 2017 levels, especially in May, when 42% of the total sales are concentrated. In 2018, approximately 9% less blueberry has been marketed than last year. In return, better prices have been obtained in the months of strong production. In April and May, prices were at better levels than last year, due to the much lower volumes of supply.
Spain’s 2017-2018 weather-hit raspberry campaign led to higher prices
The Spanish raspberry campaign started very early, but in October the heat deformed part of the fruits and, later, with the drop in temperatures, further deformations made it harder to harvest. Even so, until November, a raspberry crop was obtained that was noticeably greater than that of the previous season, being driven by the warm autumn temperatures, putting prices below the level of the previous campaign. The spring rains diminished the viable harvest. This long period of unfavourable weather conditions made recovery difficult.