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.
California Giant Berry Farms’ smoothie promotion, which runs to mid-February, contributed to a 2,500% increase in its website traffic for late January compared to a year ago, according to the Watsonville-based grower-shipper.
The Oppenheimer Group plans to increase its strawberry volume in 2015, and has begun shipping all berry types in clamshells featuring Sesame Street characters under the Eat Brighter! label.
(UPDATED COVERAGE Jan. 22) Two Oregon blueberry growers who a judge said were coerced by the U.S. Department of Labor into paying $218,634 in alleged back wages and penalties have reached a settlement with the agency.
AUSTIN, Texas — Temperatures hovering around freezing didn’t deter National Cyclocross Championship fans when it came to smoothies featuring fresh berries and yogurt.
BBC Technologies has introduced new filling machinery that’s designed to more efficiently handle small fruit.More Packer Stories for Blueberries
Market Scope - Blueberries — F.o.b.s as of Jan. 20
CHILE — (24-34*-45) — Imports via boat, very few air. Movement expected to decrease as some growers are now past peak. Port of entry: Miami. Trading active. Prices higher. Flats of 12 1-pint containers with lids large mostly $24-26, 12 6-ounce cups with lids medium-large $14-16. Quality variable. *revised
CHILE — (8-32*-35) — Imports via boat, very few air. Movement expected to decrease as many shippers avoid port congestion. Port of entry: Los Angeles. Trading active. Prices higher. Flats of 12 1-pint containers with lids large $24-28. Quality good. *revised
CHILE — (24-9*-29) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to decrease as some growers are now past peak. Port of entry: Philadelphia: Trading active. Prices higher. Flats of 12 1-pint containers with lids large mostly $24-26, 12 6-ounce cups with lids medium-large $14-16. Quality variable. *revised
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA AND TEXAS DISTRICT — Crossings (2-2-3) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading early moderate, late fairly active. Prices higher. Flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids $16-18. Includes palletization and cooling. Wide range in quality.
- Paramount Citrus replaces Cuties brand with Wonderful Halos
- Nogales veteran Alberto Maldonado dies
- Sun Pacific buys Cuties brand, breaks ties with Paramount Citrus
- UPDATED: Florida citrus leader Richard Kinney remembered
- Asian food safety officials react to Bidart Bros. apple recall
- ALBA hires general manager and director of sales