Canada’s exportation of prepared or preserved cranberries has increased by 132 percent since 2012, according to recent data from USDA. And who’s their main customer? You got it. The United States, where imports have increased from 5,147 MT in 2012 to a whopping 9,813 MT in 2017. The EU comes in second, importing 2,615 MT in 2012 and 6,808 MT in 2017.
Canada’s cranberry production expanded 41 percent between 2012 and 2016; weather problems led to a sharp decline in production last year, which was reflected in lower fresh cranberry exports. The prepared and preserved fruit export category, although smaller than fresh fruit export volume, tends to be more stable and actually grew almost 40 percent from 2016 to 2017.
As a subset of U.S. cranberry imports, prepared and preserved products make up the smallest portion of processed products. For comparison, in 2017 the U.S. imported 22,150 MT of frozen berries, 16.1 million liters of unfermented cranberry juice, and 48,844 MT of fresh cranberries.