Posts Tagged “Mexican berry exports”

Blueberries Lead Mexican Agri-food Exports in 1st Quarter of This Season

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Blueberries were the most exported agricultural food in Mexico
during the first quarter of this year, producing over 70,000 tons and representing 15 percent of Mexican berry exports, according to Horticultivos.

The crop has shown growth exceeding 20 percent in recent years, both in growing area and in production.

Currently, about 97 percent of production is exported, or 68,300 tons, to 31 destinations. The main market is the U.S., but it includes important developing countries such as Japan, Hong Kong, and the UAE, among others.

Organic production has taken great relevance globally, with a 15 percent of the blueberry area in Mexico (around 3,360 acres) currently produced organically. About 10,500 tons of organic blueberries have been exported during the current season.

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Mexican Berry Exports Forecast to Increase 12% with Most Headed to U.S.

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The Mexican berry industry expects to have a 12% increase in blueberry, raspberry, strawberry and blackberry exports for the 2022 season, with shipments – primarily to the neighboring U.S. market – already up to 386,894 tons.

The Mexican National Berry Export Association (Aneberries) reports growers in the country were expected to export more than 584,000 tons of soft fruit by the close of 2022, compared with 462,000 tons in 2021.

Aneberries notes the total exported by June 16 comprised 62,011 tons of blueberries, 50,900 tons of blackberries, 206,238 tons of strawberries and 67,744 tons of raspberries.

Some 95% of Mexican berry exports are destined for the U.S. market, with the remaining 5% divided between 37 countries, covering Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia.

According to Aneberries data, the current planted area in Mexico for berries totaled 34,595 acres.

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Mexico’s Berry Volume to Continue Growth Through 2021

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Mexican berry exports have totaled over 99,000 metric tons (MT) from January to May of this year, according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture of Mexico.

Berry specialists expect that this year’s exports to continue increasing as in 2020, which grew 10 percent despite the pandemic.

“We exported more than 440,000MT of berries, amounting to over US$2.3 billion dollars,” José Luis Bustamante, president of Aneberries said.

“Berries are the third most exported agricultural product from Mexico after beer and avocados.”

The country has around 128,500 hectares of strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. The main producing areas are Michoacán, Jalisco and Baja California.

“Michoacán continues to be the undisputed leader in berry production and the world leader in blackberry production,” Rubén Medina, head of Sedrua and Ricardo Bernal, head of the Ministry of Economic Development (Sedeco) said.

Strawberries and blueberries are considered the berries with the most growth potential for the next 10 years, according to Fresh Seasons.

Over half of Mexico’s strawberry production is destined for the foreign market.

Global imports have increased almost 36 percent in the last 10 years increasing Mexican exports. In 2017, Mexican strawberry exports grew 63 percent compared to the last year.

Mexico is the third largest supplier of strawberries in the international market and represents almost 15 percent of the export value worldwide.

The main markets for Mexican strawberries are the U.S. and Canada but the country sells to many other destinations.

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Mexico Reduces Forecast for Berry Exports to U.S.

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Mexican berry exports will be down from originally forecast to its leading market this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but is still expecting an increase over 2019.

National Association of Exporters of Berries (Aneberries), reports the country had expected a double digit rise in exports to North America. But in light of the pandemic, it now expects Mexico to see a 5 percent increase over last season in berry exports.

The industry currently has more than 116,000 acres of crops in 22 states and it exports over 400,000 metric tons (MT) each year, a figure that represents $2.5 billion to Mexico. However, 97.5 percent of exports are concentrated in the United States and Canada, so Mexico is looking to diversify into other markets, mainly in Asia and the Middle East.

The primary challenges to gain a foothold of these markets are logistics and commercial relationships. Berry exports must be shipped by air, especially raspberries and blackberries. However, the pandemic has interrupted intercontinental flights.

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