China will soon become the world’s largest blueberry consumer and producer, said industry leaders. Andres Armstrong, chairman of the International Blueberry Organization, told the 2014 International Blueberry Congress on Friday, in Qingdao, Shandong province, that China will overtake the United States in the near future. Armstrong, who is also executive director of the Chilean Blueberry Committee, said Chilean blueberry exports to China have been growing by 50 percent every year, since the country can supply fruit during China’s winter…Full Article: China Daily June 2014

Key Points

  • Chile supplies the Chinese market with blueberries from December to March (counter-cyclical to Chinese production).
  • According to the Senior Vice-President of Legend Holdings Ltd and Chairman of Joyvio Group, China cultivated blueberries on 20,366 hectares of land in 2013 (12,000 metric tons total).
  • In 2011, China produced 4,100 metric tons of blueberries on 11,281 ha of land.

ChinaAg Comment

  • In 2012, Wallen Blueberry Fruits, China’s largest blueberry producer, cultivated 1,000 ha of the country’s total 10,000 ha devoted to blueberry production. Recently, Joyvio Group acquired Wallen Agriculture (Qingdao) Ltd.
  • The United States is a major supplier of blueberries to China. From 2006 to 2010, the bulk of these imports were frozen blueberries, with fresh, canned, and dried blueberries taking up only a minority share. However, in 2011 and 2012, the share of frozen blueberry imports (by volume) dropped to 41% and 22%, while fresh blueberries accounted for 35% and 58% of blueberry imports during those years, respectively. Dried blueberries were the third most popular type, with their import share hovering around 21% in 2011 and 2012.  The vast majority of U.S. blueberries entered China via Hong Kong.

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