Camposol reports an increase in the production volume of Peruvian blueberries

Higher volumes from Peru and Mexico and new proprietary premium varieties put the company in a secure position.

Camposol forecasts a significant increase in its volumes of Peruvian blueberries this season thanks to the high productivity on its farms.

With the Peruvian blueberry season now in full swing, the company said its retail customers are increasingly interested in maintaining their supply schedules from Peru beyond their traditional late summer/autumn season thanks to the expansion of the seasonal window of the country.

Camposol stated that it was very satisfied with the performance of its global blueberry business and the result of its continuous innovation efforts.

In the coming years, Camposol said its blueberry volumes would increase at a more moderate rate, in part due to the replanting of existing fields with new varieties.

A considerable part of the future growth will come from Mexico, where the company expects to develop faster than in Peru with a two-pronged strategy: gradually expanding its own farming operations in Sinaloa and partnering with independent growers to bring their produce to market. under the Camposol brand.

About 50 percent of its production goes to the North American market, 25 percent to Europe, 20 percent to China and 5 percent to other regions.

Camposol said he sees a positive trend in organic blueberry consumption for both the US and EU markets, although consumption could be affected by the war in Ukraine.

Approximately 8% of the 223.000 tons of blueberries exported from Peru in 2021/22 were from organic production, mainly for the US market.

“From the beginning, it was important to us to offer customers both conventional and organic blueberries,” the company said. "Even our conventional production can be considered 'semi-organic', since it is grown with almost no chemicals."

As part of its sustainability strategy, Camposol said it also continues to work flat out to extend the use of heat-sealed packaging that saves more than a third of the plastic material compared to traditional clamshell. Other packaging innovations are currently being tested.

However, as more and more players from around the world enter the blueberry business, the competitive pressure is growing.

Camposol CEO José Antonio Gómez commented: “Our response to this more demanding environment has been to redouble our efforts to provide a great service as a vertically integrated provider with business platforms in North America, Europe and China.

“In addition, Camposol's multi-year breeding program has successfully produced some new proprietary premium varieties that are in their final stages of testing and will hit the market in the next few years to enhance our blueberry portfolio. These efforts will ensure that we are better prepared for market preferences for many years to come.”

Camposol said it looks forward to participating in the IFPA Fresh Produce Show in Orlando and as a sponsor at the Global Berry Congress GBC in Rotterdam in November.

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