"Blueberries are the next big thing after cherries in the Chinese market"

Bilberry is a beautiful and nutritious fruit that effectively helps eyesight. Therefore, the market pays more and more attention to it. Huang Zegui, spokesperson for Guangzhou Wanxin International Trade Co., Ltd., tells us about the evolution of the Chinese blueberry market.

«The majority of blueberries currently available on the Chinese market come from Peru, Chile and some production areas in China. Peruvian blueberries enter the market in October and the supply lasts until February of the following year. Chilean blueberries enter the market in November and leave in March. And then blueberries arrive from the domestic production areas of Yunnan, Liaoning and Guizhou,” says Huang. «The movement of blueberries involves large volumes, and the prices are reasonable. In recent years, consumers have become much more aware of blueberries, and also understand their benefits for eye health. “I think they will be the next big thing after cherries.”

Huang continues: “Blueberries are quite sensitive to weather conditions and deteriorate easily if the temperature is too high during transportation or storage. Under these conditions, they quickly lose their flavor or produce water vapor. "However, imported blueberries enter the Chinese market during the winter season, which means they are not easily exposed to high temperatures." Pruine is the white powder-like substance that forms on the skin of blueberries. It is produced by the blueberry itself to protect itself. "Normally, a thicker layer of pruine offers better protection."

When asked about product quality, Huang explains: “The product quality and price of blueberries are quite stable currently. Take as an example the peak sales period around Chinese New Year [February 1, 2022]. Blueberries sell well before the holidays, but afterward conditions are not as good, regardless of the price or quality of the product. The quality of Peruvian blueberries has continually improved in recent years. On the other hand, the quality of Chilean blueberries has remained fairly stable, but seems to have dropped lately, while the quality of Peruvian blueberries improves every year. Chilean blueberries used to reduce the sales figures of Peruvian blueberries as soon as they entered the market. It's not like that. "The Peruvian blueberry is the development project of our company because the quality of the product continues to improve."

«There are various prices for blueberries, mainly depending on the quality of the product. At the beginning of the season, the price of imported blueberries is around 60-80 yuan [9,44-12,59 USD] for medium-quality blueberries, while the price of high-quality blueberries is around 90-100 yuan [14,16-15,73 USD]. Domestic blueberries have just entered the market, but it is still early for the domestic production season, so the volume is quite small. Therefore, the price of domestic blueberries is somewhat high: 150 yuan [23,60 USD] per 1,5 kg for medium-sized blueberries, 170 yuan [26,75 USD] for large blueberries and 200 yuan [31,47 .XNUMX USD] for super size blueberries. The price is also based on the quality of the product », he adds.

Guangzhou Wanxin International Trade Co., Ltd. is specialized in the import of fruit and the wholesale of domestic premium fruit. It sells its fruit mainly through wholesale markets, and its assortment includes blueberries, cherries, grapes, apples, and various stone fruits (plums, peaches, etc.).

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