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Sales with a Chilean cherry on top

By
Craig Levitt, managing editor

Cherries aren’t just for summer. Reports suggest 2021-22 Chile cherry exports to the United States will see substantial growth, and for the first time will run more than 12 weeks, through February.

Andreas Economou of Tastyfrutti said 5-6 million boxes (25,000-30,000 tons) will be shipped to the U.S. market during the 2021-22 season.

Cherry pricing is anticipated to start out strong and stay steady until around Thanksgiving.

While China has been the main receiver of Chilean cherries, the industry is working diligently to develop other markets, including the United States. “Diversification and development of markets is crucial for our industry. Chile views the U.S. as a market with enormous potential, and we are committed to investing in its expansion,” said Cristián Tagle, chairman of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association cherry committee.

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