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.
Allegations of corporate espionage are at the heart of a court battle between the Michigan Blueberry Growers Association and its competitor True Blue Management LLC.
Business updates for companies that are in on the Argentinean blueberry deal
Miami-based DHL Global Forwarding, an air and ocean freight specialist within Bonn, Germany-based Deutsche Post DHL, set a record number of charters in 2013 transporting perishables from South America, including shipments of blueberries from Argentina to the U.S.
Over the next few years, consumers should be able to enjoy one of Naturipe Farms LLC’s most flavorful blueberries even during the Argentina deal.
Research released by Chicago-based Technomic Inc. for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council shows mentions of fresh blueberry on a large sampling of U.S. foodservice menus have increased 176% since 2007.More Packer Stories for Blueberries
Market Scope - Blueberries — F.o.b.s as of Sept. 15
MICHIGAN — Shipments (24-24-22) — Movement expected to decrease as more growers finish for the season. Trading moderate for fairly light supplies. Prices lower. Flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids medium-large $18-22. Includes palletizing and cooling. Quality variable.
OREGON/WASHINGTON — Shipments (18-11-11) — Movement expected to decrease slightly. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids medium-large mostly $20-22; organic flats of 12 4.4-ounce cups with lids medium-large offerings in too few hands to establish a market. Quality variable.
BRITISH COLUMBIA CROSSINGS THROUGH NORTHWEST WASHINGTON — Crossings (9-4-3) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Includes palletizing and cooling. Prices in U.S. dollars. Flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids medium-large mostly $20-22. Some sheds finished for the season.
ARGENTINA — (0-1*-**) — Imports via air. Very little fruit had arrived as of Sept. 15. Movement expected to increase through September as harvesting increases and domestic supplies shrink. Port of entry: Miami International Airport. Supplies very light and in too few hands to establish a market. *revised, **unavailable.
- Criminal case against Mucci companies, execs moves forward
- Oppenheimer Group brings Envy apple to U.S.
- Calavo posts record quarterly profit; launches FreshRealm
- Industry needs to engage House GOP on immigration
- Rene Produce named Mexico’s exporter of the year
- Main Street America is wrong on Chinese apple imports