Hortifrut sees opportunity in Mexican agricultural exports

Hortifrut sees opportunity in Mexican agricultural exports

Tue, 2011-10-04

Agriculture in Mexico is looking to expand into blueberries. Hortifrut, Hurst Berry Farms, and other blueberry producers spoke at the Aneberries AC Congress about efforts to expand Mexican agricultural exports. Aneberries AC, a trade association, was recently created by Mexican growers as a way to promote berry exports and share best practices in sustainability and food safety.

“We are working in our company to make Mexico an enormous export player,” said Victor Moller, chairman of Santiago, Chile-based Hortifrut SA, and a board member at Naturipe and the Produce Marketing Association. Moller joined Mark Hurst, president of Sheridan, Ore.-based Hurst’s Berry Farm, and Aneberries President Mario Steta for a panel discussion on the closing day of the Aneberries Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Blueberry producers in Mexico hope to repeat or exceed Mexico’s success with blackberries. Mexican exports of blackberries accounted for the bulk of a 28.9 percent increase in blackberry volume in the U.S. earlier this year.