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Chile’s cherry exports hit historic highs

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Chile’s cherry exports hit historic highs

Chile’s cherry industry reached record export levels in late 2010, selling the equivalent of half the 2009-10 season in just one week.

In figures released by Hernán Garcés, owner of local exporter Lo Garcés, 3.3 million boxes were shipped just in week 51, 2010, compared to 6 million boxes for the entire 2009-10  season.

Shipments were concentrated in Asian markets with around 2.34 million boxes, while 706,000 boxes were exported to the U.S.

So far Chile has exported 11 million boxes during the 2010-11 season, or approximately 53,600 MT compared to 30.170 MT in 2009-10.

At the start of October local consultancy iQonsulting estimated Chile’s cherry shipments would grow by at least 60% this season – an amount the industry has now surpassed.

Related story: Cherry exports expected to rise 60% in Chile, 30% in Argentina in 2010-11


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