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.
The Port of Savannah plans to receive South American fruit through a U.S. Department of Agriculture pilot program allowing imports of cold-treated commodities.
Blue Diamond Growers will use a new $200,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to help introduce its almonds to an international market.
California strawberry volumes started to drop before Sept. 1 but plenty remained for promotions in the fall, when the fruit has a reputation for sweetness.
California Giant Berry Farms has promoted Nader Musleh to executive director of the company’s blueberry division.
Rising avocado sales and solid asparagus prices were the key drivers for a 55% increase in sales during the second quarter for Camposol Holding Ltd., Lima, Peru.More Packer Stories for Blueberries
Market Scope - Blueberries — F.o.b.s as of Aug. 18
MICHIGAN — Shipments (52-53-34) — Movement expected to decrease slightly as a few growers finish for the season. Trading active. Prices higher. Flats of 12 1-pint cups with lids medium-large $20-22. Some shippers beginning to switch over to 12 6-ounce cups. Includes palletizing and cooling. Quality good.
OREGON/WASHINGTON — Shipments (28-33-25) — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices higher. Flats of 12 1-pint cups with lids medium-large mostly $18-20; flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids medium-large mostly 13-16; organic flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids medium-large mostly $28-28. Quality variable.
BRITISH COLUMBIA CROSSINGS THROUGH NORTHWEST WASHINGTON — Crossings (27-30-18) — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices higher. Includes palletizing and cooling. Prices in U.S. dollars. Flats of 12 1-pint cups with lids medium-large Canada 1 $18-20. Quality variable. Some growers expect to be harvesting some elliott variety.