04 Apr 2023

Quality and transit times from Peru: a fine balance

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Improved transit times of Peruvian blueberries to destinations; only a small portion have recurring quality problems

Transport times for Peruvian berries to major destinations, such as the United States, Europe, and Asia, have improved this season compared to last. Fruit quality is largely good, but a small quantity always has problems with rotting or sensitivity.

The current blueberries season has shown improvement in terms of transit time to destination, unlike last season when the global logistics sector was inside a giant chaos.

Field harvesting of blueberries in Peru

Ignacio Santibáñez, managing director of Qima, explained that in the case of Peru's blueberries , transit to the United States improved from 28 days last season to 25 this season, while in Europe it went from 29.5 days to 29 days and in Asia from 50 days to 46 days.

In the case of the United States, transit time to the East Coast market fell from 27.4 days to 25.5 days, and to the West Coast (California) from 34.9 days to 27.9 days. In Europe, the main improvement was in the United Kingdom, which fell from 29.4 days to 26.5 days. In Asia, China was a good example with an improvement from 50 days to 46 days for the arrival of Peruvian berries.

A BALANCE OF QUALITIES AND DEFECTS

The analyst says that Peruvian fruit is of good and very stable quality and that only a small proportion of the fruit that arrives at its destination is defective. Nevertheless, he thinks it would be interesting to find out what defects are found in the small percentage that arrive with poor or bad quality.

In the case of the United States, he assured that the main problem in this group is that the fruits arrived sensitive, i.e., not firm. In the case of Europe, the problem last season was rot, while in the current season the focus is on the fact that the fruit arrived susceptible. Within this group there has been an increase in the category "Other," which indicates a certain set of product defects.

Ignacio Santibáñez, CEO of Qima.
Ignacio Santibáñez, CEO of Qima.

For the Asian market, the permanent problem has been rot, but in the current season this factor has been reduced, although soft fruit has increased.

This season Qima inspected 140 million kilos of blueberries of different origins.

These were the statements made by Ignacio Santibáñez during the 24th international seminar on blueberries Peru 2023, organized by Blueberries Consulting.

Source: agraria.pe

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