Farming in Portugal
- In Portugal, blueberries grow spontaneously in the northern parts of the country (Minho and Tras os Montes) as well as Serra da Estrela.
- CarSol’s Portugal farms are located in Montalvo and Vila Nova.
- Vila Nova is located in the municipality of Odemira, Alentejo region and Montalvo in the municipality of Constancia, Beja region.
- CarSol Portugal is a joint venture between CarSol and Lusofinanca Lda.
Farming in Perú
- Majority of Peruvian blueberries come from La Libertad, Ancash, Lima and Ica.
- CarSol’s Peruvian farms are located in Piura, a costal region in northwestern Peru.
- CarSol Peru is a joint venture between CarSol and JRM SAC.
- The Company is currently expanding its production capabilities with two new projects; Piura II and Piura III. Piura II is an extension of Piura I, where the land is increased by 330 hectares that are planted between 2021 and 2022.
- Based on the experience in Portugal, CarSol decided to continue harvesting blueberries using the “plotted plant” method..
- These increases in production will allow CarSol to serve more retailers in North America, Europe and Asia.
- This project will be part of CarSol Peru and will be done jointly with the Company’s exiting partner in the country.
Farming in Chile
- Chile has about 1,300 blueberry growers, mainly located in central and southern Chile and around 15,601 hectares planted with high bush blueberries.
- CarSol’s Chilean farms are in Chillan, a city located about 400 kms south of the country’s capital, Santiago.
- Chillan has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters, dry and warm summers and precipitations between May and July.
- The replanting of better varieties explain the decrease in the volume performance per hectares of the last seasons.
- During the last seasons, CarSol Chile has replanted part of their farms with higher quality varieties in order to better meet consumer trends and generate diversification.