China big market for international blueberry growersStaff Writer | September 14, 2017
Chinese demand for blueberries has been rapidly growing, offering abundant opportunities for the international blueberry growing industry.
Food production 2017 International Blueberry Organization Summit
During the first seven months of 2017, blueberry imports registered an annual growth of 42.7 percent, and the trade volume grew by 37 percent, the report said.
Felipe Juillerat, president of the Chilean Blueberry Committee, said that some 70 percent of Chile's blueberry exports to Asia go to the Chinese market.
China's per capita consumption of blueberries is 3.7 grams per year, compared to 1.5 kilograms in the United States, which means the Chinese market is full of potential, he said.
According to the IBO, China has seen a robust growth in blueberry farming.
Before 2008, the fruit was grown in only six provinces and that number grew to 27 in 2016. ■