Blueberries are growing as a mass product

The blueberries of Michigan have closed the season and the last fruits of Naturipe were sent the 4 of October. “Demand has exceeded supply in Michigan for most of the season”, says Jim Roberts, of Naturipe Farms. At the height of the campaign (early July), there was a lot of production from other states, including Michigan itself, which resulted in there being plenty of supply, but Roberts says that in the state the demand did not take long in beat the offer because the northwest, in particular, had been early this year. “For most of the season, in Michigan we have had a lot of demand for fruit”, it states. In the last six weeks of the season demand also exceeded the supply and prices ended high. Roberts comments that the challenge facing the state was the drought before the start of the season, and provide adequate irrigation as the crop matured. When the season began, the rains were constant and less volume reached the market. “Michigan is likely to come up short on the preharvest estimate, but volume will still be much higher than last year”.

naturipe-blueberry2The national production has finished (something from Oregon continues to arrive), but Roberts has a high supply from Peru, and Argentina is starting to take off. “We are getting some volume from Chile and Mexico as well”. Robert explains that, thanks to the fact that new hectares have been planted in Peru, they have been able to gain a bit of market share, and these are usually the weeks with the highest prices of the year (38-42 weeks), because there is no longer any US production and imports have not yet reached their maximum volume.
Peru has proven to be a good place for the cultivation of blueberries. Roberts indicates that, thanks to their continued contribution of sunlight, crops grow fast. While blueberries planted in the United States can take three to seven years to produce a good harvest, depending on their location, in Peru they have only taken six to nine months. “They are filling a gap that occurs when the United States is reducing its production and most of South America has not yet started”, Señala. “Very good product from that origin is arriving. We have a good amount of fruit and more volume than we usually have at this time of year, but it is not necessarily the situation for the entire sector. The rest of the industry will start to peak in the next two weeks, when Argentina starts to arrive. I think lnaturipe_18_oz_chlieThe new varieties, with the flavor profile that they offer to consumers, will increase and lead to an increase in consumption. We are looking forward to it happening".


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