URUGUAYAN CITRUS AND BLUEBERIES IN FRUIT LOGISTICA, THE MAIN FRUIT FAIR OF THE WORLD
For the tenth time in a row Uruguay will be present at FruitLogistica from February 7 to 9, the fair that takes place every year in Berlin and brings together the best exponents and buyers from the sector. Uruguay's participation is strategic to continue positioning national production worldwide and reach new buyers.
Uruguay XXI coordinates the participation of Uruguayan companies under the Uruguay Fruits sector brand, together with the Union of Producers and Exporters of Fruit and Vegetables of Uruguay (Upefruy) with the support of the Embassy of Uruguay in Berlin.
This year 9 Uruguayan companies will be present at the stand: Azul Sereno, Gamorel and Blue Forest (blueberries), Citrícola Salteña and Forbel (citrus and blueberries), San Miguel, Noridel, and Urud'or (citrus), and Rossi Cargo ( transport of loads).
The fair is a fundamental platform to promote the production of each country and business, through direct contact with potential customers. It is expected the participation of more than 3,000 exhibitors and 76,000 visitors who will seek to enhance their business.
In 2017, Uruguay exported more than 108 thousand tons of fruits worth over US $ 95 million to 40 countries. According to the German Federal Statistics Office (Destatis, StatistischesBundesamt) during 2017, and until November, the Saxon country bought about US $ 5.6 million of fruits to Uruguay, mainly citrus and blueberries.
Once again, in 2018, Uruguay will present its citrus fruit and blueberries at FruitLogistica with the intention of reaching more and more German consumers.
Citrus fruits account for 84% of Uruguayan fruit exports. The country has developed advanced traceability systems that guarantee natural origin and safety. Currently, 100% of the citrus plantations are georeferenced. The traceability of the citrus is present in all the phases of the chain, from the formation of the plant, through the development of the fruits, until it reaches the export destination.
The introduction of agro-intelligent technology in Uruguayan citrus fruits, allows the consumer to have access to information about field-level management of phytosanitary elements, nutrition and irrigation, among others. In turn, the temperate climate favors the early ripening of citrus fruits, achieving high quality fruits and flavor, which enables entry into European markets against the station.
Uruguay offers great advantages for the cultivation of blueberry: fertile lands, appropriate climate and responsible production. The geographical location, with inverse stations to the markets of Europe and the United States, turn the country into a strategic supplier. Despite being a recent activity, the cultivation of blueberries in Uruguay has shown an extraordinary dynamism. In the last decade, it was the fruit with the most development in terms of volumes produced and exported.