In this installment of the ‘Agronometrics In Charts’ series, Valeria Concha studies the change in supply of blueberries in the US market . 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.
North American blueberry season is coming to an end, while volumes of Peruvian blueberries begin to increase in market. Between weeks 30 and 34, the supply of blueberries in the US market was made up of 57% local fruit, 30% from Canada and only 12% from Peru. In recent weeks (35 and 36), the offer was made up of 22% local fruit, 44% from Canada and 33% Peruvian blueberry. Additionally, during week 36, the first volumes of Chilean blueberries were registered in Philadelphia.
A 28% growth in blueberry exports is expected for the 2022-2023 campaign, according to estimates made by Proarandanos (Peruvian Blueberry Growers Association) published in Redagricola. Between weeks 30 and 36, the volumes of Peruvian blueberries in the US market accumulated close to 10,800 tons, 84% more than were recorded during the same period in the previous season.
Since week 33, the average daily price per kilo of Peruvian blueberries has been above that of other origins. During week 36, the weekly average price of blueberries in the US was $6.06 per Kg, increasing $0.53 from last week. For the Peruvian blueberry, the daily average price was $6.72 per kg, 12.8% lower than that registered in the same week of 2021.
Written by: Valeria Concha