Other important blueberry exporters are Canada, Chile, and Mexico.
In the United States, blueberries have positioned themselves as the second most important variety of berries in the market. Peru is among the four main suppliers of this product.
According to information from the Commercial Office (Ocex) of Peru in Los Angeles, the average consumption of this fruit in the United States went from 0.26 pounds per capita in 2000 to almost 1.8 pounds in 2016. This data comes from the United States Department of Agriculture, USDA, said Fresh Plaza today.
“Furthermore, the level of blueberry sales in the retail channel amounted to $1.77 billion US dollars during 2017, which represents an 8.4% growth.”, the website says.
Since the national production in the United States is not enough to meet the demand of this fruit, the country has been importing from other nations, such as Peru.
In the Inca land, blueberries are considered superfood. It competes with other suppliers, such as Chile, Mexico, and Canada.
Fresh Plaza also informs that “61% of the blueberries bought in the United States are of the conventional kind, 24% are conventional and organic, and 11% are organic.”
Experts indicate that the demand for blueberries from Peru will continue to grow, so the country needs to set up a strategy so that the supply continues to be successful and sustainable.