LIMA Ė Peruvian food exports to the United States increased in 2015, especially blueberries, organic bananas and grapes, which rose 321 percent, 74 percent and 69 percent, respectively, the Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry said.
Peruvian exports of blueberries, according to U.S. Commerce Department figures, rose from $12.6 million in 2014 to $53.1 million in 2015.
Foreign sales of organic bananas increased from $24.8 million to $43.2 million, the ministry said.
Grape exports increased 69.1 percent; canned fish sales rose 57.4 percent; mandarin orange exports rose 23.9 percent; asparagus sales increased 10.8 percent; and mango exports rose 10.4 percent.
Exports of fresh or frozen fish increased by 4.8 percent to $4.4 million in 2015.
Agricultural exports from the five regions in northern Peru increased 10.2 percent to $1.63 billion in 2015, a Peruvian Chamber of Commerce Business Research Center, or CIE, report said.
The main markets for exports from the northern regions were Switzerland, with 25.2 percent; the United States, with 21.6 percent; and Canada, with 8.3 percent.