No let-up in sight for global growth of blueberries, report claims

Global blueberry production grew by 50 per cent over the last five years, and is likely to grow by as much again over the next five, according to a new report.

blueberries - image: Marijn de Vries Hoogerwerff
blueberries - image: Marijn de Vries Hoogerwerff

The total planted area worldwide has more than doubled since 2005 to nearly 100,000ha, and while the US remains the largest producer, Europe, South America and China are eating into its market share.

The report, published by London-based agricultural investment broker DGC Asset Management, projected that for the market penetration of blueberries in the US to be replicated in these other areas, production would ultimately need to increase to more than five times its current level.

"Farm gate values continue to reach new highs and are currently at the highest level since records began, despite the huge increase in supply," it said, but warned: "The availability of prime growing sites in the best areas is thinning fast."

The UK is currently second only to the US in volume of blueberries consumed, but estimates put the market share of home-grown fruit at below 3 per cent.

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