Industry sources believe increased blackberry plantings should continue in CY 2010.
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According to industry contacts, blackberry planted area jumped from 3,279 hectares (HA) and 44,135
metric tons (MT) in calendar year (CY) 2007 to 8,193 HA and 118,421 MT in CY 2008. The largest
increase in planted area occurred in the state of Michoacán (160 percent). Total planted area for CY
2009 was 8,131 HA and 115,960 MT, slight decreases compared to the previous year as producers and
traders encountered marketing and distribution channel difficulties. Industry sources believe this trend
should continue in CY 2010 as the difficulties are unlikely to be addressed. However, growers believe
that blackberry production remains a good business opportunity.
The main producing state is Michoacán with 95 percent of blackberry planted area, followed by Jalisco
(1.6), and Colima (0.70). Michoacán harvest begins in October and ends in June. According to traders,
there were market distribution problems in 2009, since planted area and harvested area in Mexico
increased so dramatically from 2007, and, as such, the market may have been oversupplied.
Additionally, it seems that during 2009, prices began collapsing and, reportedly, Mexican traders
stopped shipping produce during the May to June period as price decreases on the international market
made shipping unfavorable. Additionally, producers indicate that marketing challenges forced some
growers out of the marketplace (i.e. abandoned planted area) and many expect the trend of lower planted
area to continue in CY 2010.
Table 1. Mexico: Blackberry Production, 2007-2009
Blackberries CY 2007 CY 2008 CY2009
Area Planted (HA) 3,279 8,193 8,131
Area Harvested (HA) 3,237 6,459 6,665
Production (MT) 44,135 118,421 115,960
Source: SAGARPA/ SIAP - http://www.siap.gob.mx/
The United States is the main export market for Mexican blackberries, followed by the United
Kingdom, and Belgium. Trade data from Mexican sources and U.S. sources usually vary and, in this
case, might differ as different berry varieties are grouped within the same tariff line of each country.
Table 2. Mexico: Exports of Blackberry, Mulberry, and Raspberry, Metric Tons
Blackberry, Raspberry, and Mulberry MY 2007/08 MY 2008/09 MY 2009/10
(HTS 0810.2001) Oct/Sep Oct/Sep Oct/May
Total Exports 41,836 53,661 74,338
Exports to the U.S. 37,838 51,301 54,867
Source: Secretariat of Economy, SIAVI ?(System of Tariff Information via Internet)
Table 3. United States: Imports from Mexico of Blackberry and Mulberry, Metric Tons
Blackberry and Mulberry MY 2007/08 MY 2008/09 MY 2009/10
(HTS 0810.20.9040) Oct/Sep Oct/Sep Oct/June
Total Imports 22,008 33,100 40,085
Source: U.S. Census Bureau