Argentina’s Tucuman wraps up exports due to low price
Argentina’s prime blueberry growing region, Tucuman, has wrapped its exports of the berry because receiving prices dropped below profitable levels, the Argentinean Blueberry Committee said in a crop report.
According to the report, the fruit will continue to be harvested, but instead growers will look to processing rather than sending fresh shipments. This season's harvest has had good quality as the climate was mild and rain only hit the harvest on four occasions.
The harvest in Concordia, in the Entre Rios province continues, and is around 55% completed. Buenos Aires crops are around 25% finished, and shipments will likely hit their peak in three more weeks.
An early high volume of shipments to the United States, plus a lack of promotion among retail channels, have led to an erosion in price, FreshFruitPortal.com previously reported.
As of week 45, 2,376 tons of the fruit have been shipped, with around 50% going to the United States, 47% to the European Union and the rest to Asia.