Argentina’s first shipment of cherries of the year are on their way to China. It is also Argentina’s first export of fresh fruit this year 2020.
Extraberries SA, Argentina’s leading cherry producer, became the first Argentine company to export fresh cherries to China. With its Royal Down variety, which can be picked and exported in the 46th week of planting, Extraberries SA can be the first to export cherries to China.
“China is the world’s leading importer and consumer of cherries. So completing this first export by air is a true milestone with regard to the global situation we are facing due to COVID-19,” said Adolfo Storni, president of EXTRABERRIES SA.
“The Chinese demand for cherries represents an enormous opportunity for local production to generate new investments that increase plantations and processing technologies,” said the manager. And he said that “if Argentina achieves the same as Chile achieved in just 15 years, cherries could become one of the country’s most exported fruits, with the consequent impact on employment, local development and the generation of foreign exchange.”
In 2019, Extraberries SA became the first Argentine company authorized by China. With its cold-process system and its own refrigerated containers, it can ensure the cherries to reach China on critical dates, such as Chinese New Year or other holidays.