When travelling to Peru, delicious fruit is not difficult to find. Over the years Peru has emerged as a major exporter for many of their fruits. Recently, the blueberries on the Andean coast have been a big hit in the United States and some European countries.
In just the first two months of 2014, the Peruvian exports of blueberries have amounted to US$ 4 million. In South America in 2012, exports of blueberries were at US$ 1 million, that raised to US$ 16.7 million in 2013, and looks as if it will continue to rise.
Alfonso Velasquez Tuesta, CEO of Sierra Exportadora, expects for the shipments to continue to gain more money with an approximate total of US$ 35 million by the end of the year. He emphasizes the most important period for more shipments is between August 26th to November 24th as it is the time when the campaign ends in the United States, Germany, and Poland and is before the campaign begins in Chile, Argentina, and Australia.
Some of the biggest companies with plantations can be found in Lima, Ancash, and La Libertad. Medium-sized companies are in Cajamarca, Ica, and Arequipa. While small blueberry farmers have settled in Lambayeque, Huanuco, and Cerro de Pasco. With the help of all of these major producers, Valesquez has high hopes for the blueberry exports in 2014 as the most important season is still yet to come.