Mexico: Soft fruit beats out beer for top agro-export spot in 2023

Berries were Mexico’s top-grossing agricultural export in the first two months of the year, bringing in US $777 million in revenue, according to the Bank of Mexico. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries earned more from sales abroad in January and February than better-known Mexican agro-industrial products such as beer, tequila, and avocados.  

The Agriculture Ministry said last October that berries are grown commercially in 22 of Mexico’s 32 states and that the sector employs over 500,000 people. It also said that export volumes of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries all increased in the first half of 2022 compared to the same period of the prior year.

Mexican cerveza, including major brands such as Corona, Pacífico, Tecate, and Dos Equis, generated US $757 million in revenue from foreign sales in the first two months of 2023 as Mexico’s second largest agricultural export. Tequila ranked third, with US $616 million in sales abroad, followed by tomatoes with $574 million, avocados with $545 million, and beef with $454 million.


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