Blueberry Shortage Impacting Supply Chain

The blueberry market is facing several weather and environmental challenges as of late, resulting in disruptions to supply chain nation-wide. At this time of year, we are heavily reliant on Peruvian imports as growing regions transition away from the Pacific Northwest and Michigan seasons. However, we are currently facing a severe drop in volume from Peru, with current estimates showing a 37% decrease compared to the 2022-2023 season. The decline in production numbers is attributed to a multitude of factors listed below…

  1. El Nino Conditions: El Nino weather patterns are causing a notable increase in temperatures and are exceeding averages observed over the past 2 decades. Blueberry production rates are being directly impacted by these elevated temperatures.
  2. Ultraviolet Light Radiation: Ultraviolet (UV) light radiation levels have been elevated to 11 and 12 UV, significantly higher than the optimal range of 3 to 4 UV for normal plant production rates. This UV surge, in combination with high temperatures, has delayed the bloom of the plants by up to 60 days on certain varieties.
  3. Stress on Plants: The current irregular weather and environmental conditions are causing considerable stress on the plants. This is causing the leaves to drop prematurely, and the fruit begins to shrivel.

Due to the above circumstances, we anticipate this shortage will continue through the month of October. Currently, we find ourselves in a demand exceeds supply market. Many shippers have invoked their “Act of God” (AOG) or force majeure as they struggle to make contractual obligations.

The blueberry market is facing many unfortunate and unprecedented challenges driven by a combination of weather-related factors. If blueberries are an important component of your menu, now is the time to start thinking about adjustments. Seashore’s sales team is comprised of former food-industry professionals who are here to help! Reach out to us for more information on this market, and suggestions for substitutions that will compliment your menu.

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