In 2016, Peru cultivated nearly 13 blueberry varieties, now it is cultivating 60 varieties

From Fresh Plaza | 29 November 2021

Overview of blueberries from Peru in the U.S. market, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published on November 29, 2021. 

Proarandanos released information on Peru’s 2021-2022 blueberry campaign, which is nearing its end.

Luis Miguel Vegas, the general manager of Proarandanos, said the Peruvian blueberry had generated a record number of more than 120,000 direct jobs this season, 52% of which were occupied by women.

This decentralized development was due to the production of blueberries in regions such as Ancash, Cajamarca, Ica, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Lima, Moquegua, and Piura, and the investments made in infrastructure and social programs to improve the education levels, health, and well-being of the communities located in the areas of influence of blueberry agro-industrial operations.

In addition, Peru has increased its exportable supply which has helped increase its exports. In 2016, Peru only cultivated some 13 varieties of blueberry. Now, the country grows an estimated 60 different varieties. This means the country has expanded its varietal offer to markets throughout the world.

By the end of November, 73 Peruvian companies had exported 175,574 tons of blueberries, i.e. 36% more than the 128,900 tons exported during the same period of last season. The United States was the main market accounting for 55% of all exports with 95,735 tons, i.e. 46% more than in the previous year. 51,634 tons were destined for Europe and 23,612 tons for China, i.e. 11% and 75% more than in the previous year, respectively.

Volumes (in Kg) of blueberries from Peru in the US Market
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Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

To date, Peru has exported 26,372 kilograms of blueberries by air to India, a destination that recently opened its doors to Peruvian blueberries.

The News in Charts is a collection of stories from the industry complemented by charts from Agronometrics to help better tell their story.

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  1. James says:

    I have eaten Peru blueberries a number of times and will never buy them again. They are tart when not quite ripe and then become utterly tasteless when ripe. Chilean and Mexican berries are much better, although none compare with Michigan or New Jersey berries in the summer.

    1. Cristian Crespo says:

      Thank you very much for your comments. Best regards

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