Demand drives blueberry production boom in China

Fresh Blueberry
Market & Price Trends
Published Apr 13, 2024

Tridge summary

China's blueberry industry has experienced remarkable growth, expanding its cultivation area from 10 hectares to 77,000 hectares across 27 administrative regions, with an annual production reaching 525,000 tons by 2023. This growth is fueled by a 40% yearly increase in consumer demand over the last five years, despite per capita consumption still being low compared to Western standards. Provinces like Guizhou, Liaoning, Shandong, Sichuan, and Yunnan are leading in production, benefiting from what is described as an 'era of great profits.' However, the industry faces challenges such as rising labor costs and dependence on foreign varieties, which are preferred by consumers for their quality and diversity over domestic ones. This preference poses a threat to local varieties, which, despite being more affordable, struggle to compete with imports like Australia's Eureka blueberry, priced between 60 and 80 yuan per kilogram.
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Original content

( Blueberry production in China has registered a constant increase in growth in recent years. According to sector statistics, in 2023, the number of administrative regions dedicated to the cultivation of blueberries throughout the country grew from the initial 10 to 27. In the case of the blueberry cultivation area, it increased from 10 hectares at the beginning of production. commercial to 77,000 hectares currently, with an average production of 525,000 tons. According to Produce Report, the provinces currently leading blueberry growing efforts in China are Guizhou, Liaoning, Shandong, Sichuan and Yunnan. A key factor in the increase in production of this fruit is consumer demand. Over the past 5 years, demand for blueberries in China has grown at an annual rate of approximately 40%, in contrast to the much lower growth rates seen in many other fruits, typically ranging between 3% and 5%. . However, per capita consumption of blueberries in China is still much lower ...
Source: Agraria
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