China’s domestic blueberry production has ballooned in recent years. History of the industry goes back to 1983, with large scale production taking off since 2000. A recent prominent company merger between Golden Wing Mau and Joyvio has underlined the popularity of the fruit: Joyvio is one of China’s largest blueberry producers and owns farms in Chile. Combined annual sales are estimated to reach 780 million USD…Full Article: Fresh Plaza Jan 2016

Key Points

  • In 2015, Chinese blueberry cultivation reportedly took place on 31,200 ha of farmland, with an estimated 43,250 MTs produced.  Shandong Province is China’s largest blueberry producer, producing an estimated 15,000 MTs on 6,000 ha annually. Guizhou, Liaoning, Sichuan, and Yunnan also cultivate blueberries.
  • From 2001 to 2007, Chinese blueberry cultivation increased in area from 24 ha to 1,414 ha (~390 MTs).
  • In 1983, China began importing blueberry seeds from the USA.
  • In China, blueberry harvests typically occur from June to August, and from March to mid-May in greenhouses.
  • Major Chinese blueberry companies include Joyvio Group, Qingdao Blue Rose Fruit, Bai Rui Guizhou Agricultural Development, and Noble Dalian Modern Agricultural Science and Technology.

ChinaAg Comments

  • By 2018, it is estimated that China will produce 71,400 MTs of blueberries annually.
  • In July 2014, the Senior Vice-President of Legend Holdings Ltd and Chairman of Joyvio Group stated that China produced approximately 12,000 MTs of blueberries on 20,366 ha of land in 2013. An increase from 2011 when China produced 4,100 metric tons of blueberries on 11,281 ha of land.
  • From 2008 to 2013, Chinese blueberry cultivation increased from 2,404 ha to 20,366 ha, with yields increasing approximately from 0.4 MTs per ha to 0.6 MTs per ha.
  • 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.
  • In 2012, Shandong cultivated blueberries on 2,070 ha of farmland, followed by Liaoning at 1,952 ha, Jilin at 1,774 ha, and Guizhou at 1,331 ha.
  • In 2011, China produced 4,100 metric tons of blueberries on 11,281 ha of land.
  • 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. Chile supplies the Chinese market with blueberries from December to March (counter-cyclical to Chinese production).

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