In blueberries, Chile is committed to quality

Quality, varieties, postharvest and profitability will be some of the high points of the next meeting of the blueberry industry in Chile, which will take place on April 13 at the Monticello Conference Center.

The production of the Chilean industry has been falling steadily in recent seasons and currently does not exceed 100 thousand tons, 16% less than last season. This is due, among other reasons, to a desire to provide a supply of blueberries of the best quality to their export markets, excluding fruit from obsolete varieties or those that show a poor condition on arrival.

new genetics

For years, Chilean producers have begun intensive varietal replacement, planting new genetic types and betting on raising quality as a differentiating element of Chilean blueberries in international markets.

This theme and its variants will be dealt with in depth in the XXV International Seminar on Blueberries & Cherries, what will be done this April 13 in the Monticello Conference Center, Chile.

demanding market

We are facing an increasingly competitive market, very permeable to consumer requirements and social demands linked to the industry's relationship with the environment, communities and human resources. These variables will continue to cause changes in an increasingly changing and demanding market, which in the case of the Chilean industry has already caused a significant impact.

Genetics with good post-harvest conditions are sought to reach the most distant markets in better condition. With these new varieties, a greater caliber of the product is sought, more resistance of the plant to pests and diseases, a better flavor and greater firmness of the fruit. It is committed to product quality, rather than production volumes.


In the same perspective, it seeks to obtain a better post-harvest process, applying existing technology more effectively and developing innovative strategies to maintain the firmness and quality of the fruit at destination.

Also the harvest and post-harvest of the blueberry in all its dimension will be addressed by the rapporteurs to the International Seminar on blueberries and cherries of the April 13, among many other issues, among which an exhaustive analysis of costs and profitability of the blueberry industry stands out, with a view to making the activity transparent for the benefit of producers and different participants in the activity.

Rental income

It is very important to make the industry transparent to face the so-called "new wave of consumption" that is coming, since the crossed data and the information collected from organisms and indirect sources indicate that the growth rate of the blueberry crop, both in planted and in production, it has increased significantly and there are no well-founded signs to think that it will stop or decline as a global industry.

Only a little over a year ago, world production exceeded one million tons and it is already expected that this figure will pulverize in the coming years, reaching three million tons of blueberries produced by 2025.

On the other hand, demand is growing steadily and is projected for the next five years to grow by approximately 25% in the United States market, 75% in European markets and 130% in the Chinese market.

In summary, quality, varieties, postharvest and profitability will be some of the high points of the next meeting of the blueberry industry in Chile, that the April 13 in the Monticello Conference Center.

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