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.
North Bay Produce Inc. and the Produce Mom have begun a partnership to promote the Traverse City, Mich.-based grower-shipper cooperative’s fruits and vegetables.
California Giant Berry Farms is offering a winter promotion, “All About Pies,” with a contest inviting consumers to submit recipes featuring the grower-shipper’s blueberries or blackberries — or both.
Kingston Fresh’s south Florida cold storage operation has achieved a high food safety score.
The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council is seeking nominations for council members.
Higher attendance and new educational session topics are planned for the 2015 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, Ga.More Packer Stories for Blueberries
Market Scope - Blueberries — F.o.b.s as of Dec. 8
CHILE — (7-17*-26) — Imports via air. Movement expected to increase. Port of entry: Miami International Airport. Trading active for fairly light supplies. Prices slightly lower. Flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids medium-large mostly $24-26. Quality good. *revised
CHILE — 0-2-5 — Imports via air. Movement expected to increase. Port of entry: Los Angeles International Airport. Trading active for fairly light supplies. Prices flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids medium-large $25-28. Quality good. FIRST REPORT.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA AND TEXAS DISTRICT — Crossings (2-3-3) — Movement expected to increase. Trading very active. Flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids mostly $26-28. Includes palletization and cooling. Wide range in quality.
CHILE — (0-0-2) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to increase. Port of entry: Philadelphia. Trading active for light supplies. Prices flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids medium-large $24-26. Quality good. FIRST REPORT.