28 Sep 2023

The impact of the El Niño phenomenon jeopardises Peruvian fresh blueberry exports with a -48% drop for the 2023-2024 campaign

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In the September update on Peru's fresh blueberry export projection for the 2023-2024 marketing year, prepared by Proarándanos on behalf of the Peruvian Blueberry Growers and Exporters Union, significant data emerges that highlights a challenging situation for the country's blueberry industry.

So far, during the current campaign, Peru has experienced an impressive drop in fresh blueberry exports, with a 48% decrease compared to the previous season.

This decrease in volumes has caused concern and has been largely attributed to the arrival of the El Niño climate phenomenon, which triggered a 4-5 degree Celsius increase in temperatures compared to the historical average.This temperature deviation had a negative impact on blueberry production, with particular consequences for the 'Ventura' variety, which is the most widespread and accounts for a significant share of exports.

An analysis of the behaviour of the Peruvian blueberry industry by quarters reveals that exports of fresh blueberries fell by 18% in the months of May to July, marking the beginning of the negative effect of El Niño on the season.

In the second quarter, which corresponds to the months of August to October, a further decline of 45% compared to the previous season is expected, reflecting an increasing climatic impact.

Read the full article: Blueberries Consulting


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