A challenging start of the season for Chilean cherries
Fresh Sweet Cherry
Sustainability & Environmental Impact
Market & Price Trends
Published Dec 7, 2023
The Chilean cherry season for 2023-2024 has been revised due to unexpected climatic events, causing a 14.6% reduction compared to the initial forecast, presenting logistical obstacles and challenges such as weather issues, automated customs system outages, and a labor strike. The Chilean cherry industry is striving to satisfy global demand with quality fruit and maintain confidence amid the challenges. Chile has become the world's main exporter of cherries, with the Maule region having the largest planted area in the country, and strategic initiatives have been developed to engage with retailers and consumers in the US market.
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In this installment of the series "Agronometrics in graphics", Sarah Ilyas reviews the status of the Chilean cherry season. Each week, the series looks at a different horticultural product, focusing on a specific origin or theme and visualizing the market factors driving change. The Chilean Cherry Committee, which represents more than 85% of global Chilean cherry exports, recently revised its estimate for the 2023-2024 season. Unforeseen climatic events, such as heavy rains and the El Niño phenomenon, have caused a reduction of 14.6% compared to the initial October forecast, which stood at 81,477,564 million boxes (5 kilos each). The 2022-2023 period closed with 83 million boxes exported, while the planted area reached 61,599 hectares (ha). "It is important to clarify that this season it has not been easy to estimate volumes, due to the effects of climate change and the El Niño phenomenon, which has caused volumes to vary week to week. The forecast will evolve as the season ...