Chile's frozen blueberry exports rise 150% in February
Chile's Office of Agricultural Studies and Policy (ODEPA) has released data showing Chile's frozen blueberry exports rose 150% in February compared to the same period last year, with a volume of 2,853.7 metric tons (MT), reported Diario Financiero.
ODEPA reported the exports were worth US$9,412.80, while Chilealimentos president Guillermo González told the newspaper the industrial phase of processed fruit development had taken on an increasingly important role.
He attributed the rise in frozen blueberry exports to active international demand and strong natural trends for fruit exporters, the story reported.
"In the current season until January 42,000 (metric) tons were dispatched, while frozen (blueberries) - mainly destined for the U.S., Canada, the European Union and Japan - represented in the order of 10% of this volume," he was quoted as saying.