Argentine frozen blueberry exports to climb
Argentina's frozen blueberry exports look set to increase by 13% year-on-year to 6,200 metric tons (MT) this season.
The Argentinean Blueberry Committee expects the Tucumán province to deliver a cool 5,000MT of the total, Santa Fe is predicted to process 1,000MT and Buenos Aires is estimated to send 200MT.
In the previous season Tucumán produced 3,600MT with the remaining 1,900MT split between Concordia and Buenos Aires, according to Argentine customs data.
The committee predicts an increase in the supply of blueberries to the processing industry given the higher relative costs of harvesting fresh fruit.
Labor costs for fresh harvests stand at US$1.7 compared to US$0.7 per kilogram, while air freight costs at US$2.6 per kilogram are a significant extra.