Positive outlook for Chilean fruit exports

From Produce Blue Book | 22 November 2022

Overview of blueberries and cherries from Chile in the U.S. market, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published on November 18, 2022. 

This Chilean export season could be “very good for everyone” thanks to favorable weather, according to the Federation of Fruit Producers of Chile (Fedefruta).

While visiting Santiago’s International Arturo Benitez Airports cargo terminal, MercoPress reported that Fedefruta President Jorge Valenzuela said, “this year, we see more fruit in the field. There is a strong increase, and it can be a very good season for everyone.”

He also highlighted optimism about shipping fruit by air this season due to improved conditions after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Santiago’s airport can handle around 600 tons of perishable products per day with air shipments of fruits starting in November and peaking next month, mainly consisting of blueberries and cherries.

Blueberry and Grape Volumes by Origin in the US | From Chile

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Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

According to ProChile, which was created 48 years ago, Chile has been reported to lead 28 categories of world shipments.

General Director Paulina Valderrama said that “these are 48 years of success of constant support to companies, but also the country. Because of companies do well, Chile does well.”

“The last few years have not been easy, but ProChile has been at the forefront, adapting and diversifying its strategy in order to never stop reaching every corner of the world. Today we celebrate with the pride of doing things right,” she added.

In 1974, 85 percent of Chile’s exports were mining, mainly copper, and at that time only 2.5 percent of the country’s sales stemmed from agriculture, forestry, and fishing.

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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