These small, antioxidant-rich berries are growing in popularity. Blueberries were the No. 8 fruit that consumers purchased in the past year, up from No. 10 in Fresh Trends 2012. The tiny blue globes were the No. 4 item that consumers said they were buying now that they did not buy previously.
Berry supplies are in full swing for the summer, according to grower-shippers.
Blueberry supplies look ample for the summer, and grower-shippers expect a strong blueberry crop from British Columbia this year, perhaps even a record-setting one.
Watsonville, Calif.-based California Giant Berry Farms Inc., is running a summer promotion with Blendtec Blenders.
Summer means heat, and heat means people are in search of cool, refreshing recipes.
Fresh berries can be impulse buys or planned purchases, sources say.More Packer Stories for Blueberries
Market Scope - Blueberries — F.o.b.s as of July 21
SOUTH NEW JERSEY — Shipments (109-96-57) — Movement expected to decrease as the season continues to wind down. Trading moderate. Prices lower. Flats of 12 1-pint cups with lids medium-large $11.50-13.50. Includes palletizing and cooling. Quality variable.
BRITISH COLUMBIA CROSSINGS THROUGH NORTHWEST WASHINGTON — Crossings (6*-23*-44) — Movement expected about the same. Trading fairly active. Prices lower. Includes palletizing and cooling. Prices in U.S. dollars. Flats of 12 1-pint cups with lids medium-large Canada 1 mostly $12-13.50. Quality generally good. *revised
OREGON/WASHINGTON — (58-49-36) — Movement expected to increase slightly. Trading moderate. Prices conventional pints slightly lower, others slightly higher. Flats of 12 1-pint cups with lids medium-large mostly $13.50-14.50; flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids medium-large mostly $10-12; organic flats of 12 1-pint cups with lids medium-large mostly $24-25; flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids medium-large $16-18.50. Quality generally good.
MICHIGAN — Shipments (2-11-23) — Movement expected to increase as harvesting increases. Trading moderate. Prices lower. Flats of 12 1-pint cups with lids medium-large $12-14. Includes palletizing and cooling. Quality good.
EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (15-11-2) — Movement expected to continue decreasing as most shippers are finished for the season. No f.o.b. issued as of July 21. LAST REPORT.
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