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.
A group of scientists has published the genome and accompanying sequence data for the spotted wing drosophila, a serious pest of berries and soft fruit.
South American grapes and blueberries could reach some U.S. markets quicker under a new pilot program bringing fruit to south Florida ports.
The September frost that damaged many Chilean commodities isn’t expected to keep overall blueberry volume down.
Grower-shippers of Chilean fruit expect severe September freezes to diminish the South American country’s exports by about 50 million boxes in 2013-14.
Grower Direct Marketing LLC expects to import more blueberries from Chile this season.More Packer Stories for Blueberries
Market Scope - Blueberries — F.o.b.s as of Nov. 25
ARGENTINA — (6-6-11) — Imports via air. Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices lower. Port of entry: Miami International Airport. Flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids mostly $22. Quality good
URUGUAY — (0-0-0) — Imports via air. Movement expected to increase. Trading fairly slow. Prices generally unchanged. Port of entry: Miami International Airport. Flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids $18-22. Quality good.
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