In this installment of the ‘Agronometrics In Charts’ series, Valeria Concha studies the state of the Mexican raspberry season. Each week the series looks at a different horticultural commodity, focusing on a specific origin or topic visualizing the market factors that are driving change.
Last week, Hurricane Kay arrived in Mexico as a tropical storm, bringing torrential rains in Baja California and Sonora. Also, very intense gusts of wind and high waves are expected in the Peninsula from Baja California (SIAP). This disrupted the production of raspberries in Baja California and the strong winds damaged some tunnels. According to the agrometeorological forecast of SIAP, this week there would be heavy to very heavy rains in the west, northeast, east, center, southeast of the national territory, which will provide some respite from the drought.
Currently, Mexico leads the supply of conventional raspberries in the US market; the supply from California has been gradually decreasing. From week 31, weekly volumes from Mexico increased progressively, reaching about 1,700 tons in week 35, however, they decreased to 1,400 tons last week.
During week 36, a daily average of $14 per package was recorded for Mexican raspberries in the US market, $0.5 lower than that recorded for Californian raspberries. Compared to the daily average price registered in week 37 of 2021, this value was 12.5% lower.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), as of 2020, Mexico is the world’s second largest producer of raspberries.
Written by: Valeria Concha