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Blueberry exports from Peru increased 227.7% to record level

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Staff writer ▼ | June 8, 2016
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Food trade   The fresh blueberries from Peru were the most traded variety

The National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI) stated that, during the first quarter of 2016, blueberry exports reached a record as they amounted to $22.5 million, 227.7% more than in the same period last year.

Blueberry shipments in the first quarter of each year have been growing rapidly and have amounted to a total of 5,426.7 tons over the last seven years, 69.0% of which was recorded in the current year.

In the first quarter of 2016, the fresh blueberries were the most traded variety, mainly to the United States which purchased 2,382 tons (60.9% of the total volume of exported), followed by the Netherlands (20.1%) and the United Kingdom (13.6%).

In the same period, Peru exported blueberry juices to Colombia, Panama, Chile, and Puerto Rico.

Currently, the United States and Canada account for more than 50% of the world's blueberry production. In South America, Peru is the fourth largest producer behind Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay.


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