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A Small Decline is Seen with Chilean Blueberry Imports

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DSCN3254+1North American blueberry imports for the 2018-19 season will be good despite volume declining slightly from the record levels of a year ago.

With only a 5 percent decline in volume this season, it will hardly be noticed.

Chile has about 1,300 blueberry growers, primarily found in central and southern Chile.  The country has about 100 exporters shipping 100 metric tons or more.

With nearly perfect growing conditions last season, Chilean exporters shipped about 110,351 metric tons of fresh blueberries to all export markets with 64 percent destined for North America, 24 percent to Europe and 12 percent to Asia.

This season,Chilean fresh blueberry exports are forecast near 105,000 metric tons with distribution of the crop to be similar to a year ago.

Chilean blueberry exports started in mid-October.  Peak shipments will get underway the last week of November, and continuing through February.  The season continues through March.

Organic blueberry exports continue and upward trend.  Last season, organic blueberry shipments accounted for 9.5 percent of total fresh exports, or about 10,000 metric tons.  About 85 percent of the organic “blues” were exported to the U.S.

Total Chilean blueberry acreage was 38,550 acres in July 2017, of which 17 percent was organic production.

Boat vs. Air Shipments

About 90 percent of Chilean blueberry volume to North America is shipped by sea container, and 10 percent by air.  Few airplanes for shipping Chilean blueberries in the future is predicted since there is increasing competition from other exporting countries.

Last season, Chile exported about 40,000 metric tons of frozen blueberries — equal to about 40 percent of fresh volume.

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Shipping Roundup: Texas Onions, Ontario Produce, Colorado veggies and Blueberry Imports

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A2Here’s a news roundup ranging from Texas onion loadings to increasing shipments by an Ontario company, as well as a Colorado produce shipper, and finally, an update on blueberry imports.

Texas Onion Shipments

South Texas onion shipments get underway within the next couple of weeks, but due to industry consolidation and decreasing numbers of onion growers and shippers over the past 15 years, there has been a 31 percent decrease in the number of onion producers and a 34 percent decrease in the number of handlers.

The Rio Grande Valley of South Texas has about 60 onion growers and about 30 shippers.  Total shipments of south Texas onions were about 3 million 50-pound equivalents for the 2015-16 season,

Texas onions, Mexican imported produce – grossing about $3400 to Chicago.

Red Sun Shipments

Red Sun Farms of Lemington, ON is expanding its shipments of tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers to include Golden Sun Avocados.

Best known as a North American greenhouse grower, Red Sun Farms will be handling avocados produced in Mexico, and distributed through the company’s supply chain to service customers throughout North America.

Red Sun Farms will begin distributing the Mexican avocados during the second quarter of 2018.

Sakata Sweet Corn

Sakata Farms of Brighton, CO is changing its farming operation and discontinuing sweet corn production, and concentrating on onions and other crops.

The company is holding a farm equipment auction March 10 at 9:30 a.m. Mountain time.  The company will no longer raise sweet corn, broccoli and cabbage.

Blueberry Imports

Fresh blueberry shipments take place in the U.S. the year around, made possible in large part by the increasing amount of imports from South America, which supplies product during the offseason of U.S. blueberry shippers.  Chile is the leading country supplying “blues” this time of the year to the U.S., accounting for 52.7 percent of fresh cultivated blueberries over the past five years.

Since 2013, however, Mexico, Argentina and Peru significantly increased exports to the U.S.  Argentina has upped exports to the U.S. by 35 percent from 2013 to 2017, Uruguay is up 46 percent and Mexico is up 414 percent.

Percentage wise, the biggest increase has come from  Peru, with U.S. imports from that country up 3,971 percent from 2013 to 2017.

Overall, blueberry imports are up 44 percent.

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