3. Blueberry supplies squished at the worst time
That paleo-keto smoothie routine... is about to become a splurge. Blueberry supplies have gotten smushed down in Chile, Earth's biggest blueberry exporter. And the shortage's expected to lead to higher prices in grocery aisle 4 for you. It's the kind of "supply and demand" example econ professors cancel class topics to chat about.
We have a fruit wingman... 38 US states produce blueberries, except when it's cold. Like now. So we import from Latin American buddies mid-winter since it's summer down south. From December-February, Chile pumps out more blue than Argentina, Peru, and Mexico combined. Then 2 things happened:
- ⛈️ Storms: Bad ones. We're talking hailstorms. Chile usually ships 100 tons of blueberries monthly starting in December, but November weather knocked out entire crops
- 👷Strikes: Brutal timing. Half the supply that remains is stuck as 500 dock workers want 1-time $3,600 payments and better work conditions
The Takeaway: China's blueberry craving'll make it worse... Blueberries aren't just facing supply issues, they're about to face some demand drama out of China. Its growing middle class wants to see what the super-food lifestyle's all about, and increasing hunger from a new big buyer could add pressure to prices in the US. #WinterIsComing