It currently has some 24,000 hectares, only 1,000 less than the US state, but much has still to reach maturity.
Exports are already booming and last year doubled. They are expected to continue to rise to reach eight million in the coming season.
Growers’ delegations began to pay attention to the UK market some two years ago and several supermarkets have already begun sourcing fruit.
Spain’s short crop last season increased interest in Chile and some exporters believe there is the potential to even quadruple last season’s results.