Increased blueberry production causes price crash
World blueberry market expands 24% in 2018
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.
Record year for exports of Chile’s blueberries
Chile’s blueberry industry is expected to set a historical record in volumes exported this year (110,000 tons). According to data from Chile’s Committee of Blueberries (ASOEX), volumes are up by 6% this season. Chile’s blueberry exports suffered last year mainly due to their early harvest time (almost four weeks) leading to the fruit arriving on markets that were not prepared for such high volumes. This season’s harvest was more on schedule and marketing was improved in the US, all of which should lead to a more balanced campaign for the sector.
Blueberry Vision Technology by Unitec
Unitec’s response to service and enhance the blueberry business goes by the name of Blueberry Vision Unitec Technology, able to select and classify the quality of this highly valued fruit. Blueberry Vision Unitec Technology is the first technology worldwide to inspect the entire surface of the fruit. This new and fundamental feature opens up a new frontier in blueberry quality selection and classification.