First Argentina blueberries to arrive in September

08/31/2011 04:00:00 PM
Andy Nelson

The first air shipments of Argentinean blueberries should begin arriving in September.

The bulk of the crop, the first import blueberry crop of the season, is expected to enter the U.S. through Miami, according to a news release from the Buenos Aires-based Argentinean Blueberry Committee.

The committee, established in 2008, has enacted new quality and food safety standards and overseen the expansion of the Argentinean export deal. In the past five years, blueberry exports to the U.S. have tripled.

About 23.6 million pounds of blueberries had been shipped to the U.S. through Aug. 27, up from 14.8 million pounds last season at the same time, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.



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