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.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wants all agencies under his jurisdiction to make it standard operation procedure to address the needs of the organic sector.
Gourmet Trading is upsizing its blueberry clamshells.
Giumarra International Berry expects to get a jump on the blueberry import season this year with a new relationship with Early Crop, which has its primary production region in Tucuman, Argentina.
Naturipe Farms LLC, Estero, Fla., has partnered with the California Avocado Commission for its “Wake up to Breakfast with California Avocados” campaign.
The berry category is growing with strawberries still at the top, though blueberries, raspberries and blackberries enjoy major success as well.
SOUTH GEORGIA — Shipments (9-28-50) — Movement was expected to increase the week of May 13 as the southern highbush varieties peak and to decrease the week of May 20. Trading very active. Prices generally unchanged. Flats 12 1-pint cups with lids $32-36, 12 6-ounce cups with lids $22-24. Includes palletizing and cooling. Most movement from prior commitments. Prices represent few new sales. Many shippers are expecting a production gap between the highbush and rabbit eye varieties. Quality variable.
SOUTH AND CENTRAL DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments (11-24-33) — Movement expected to increase. Trading fairly active at lower prices. Prices lower. Flats of 12 1-pint cups with lids medium-large mostly $32-36. Flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids medium-large mostly $20-22. Organic flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids medium-large mostly $24-28. Includes palletizing and cooling. Quality good.
CENTRAL AND NORTH FLORIDA — Shipments (29-21-14) — Movement expected to decrease as most growers finished for the season. Trading very active for light supplies. Prices lower. Flats 12 6-ounce cups with lids $22-24. Includes palletizing and cooling. Most movement from prior commitments. Prices represent few new sales. Quality variable.
MEXICO CROSSINGS — Crossings (6-4-4) — Imports via truck. Movement expected to remain about the same. Ports of entry: Mexico crossing through Arizona, California and Texas. Trading moderate. Prices slightly lower. Flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids medium-large mostly $20-22. Includes palletizing and cooling. Quality generally good.
EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA — Light harvest was thought possible to begin the week of May 20. FIRST REPORT.