Miami-based Pure Fresh, the importing and marketing arm of Guatemala-based grower-shipper Planesa, is bringing in more blackberries and French green beans from Guatemala and more berries from Chile and Mexico, according to a company news release.
Driving the increase, in large part, is the lifting of a 20-year ban on berry exports from Guatemala to Canada from March 15 to Aug. 15 every year.
Planesa’s berry production in Guatemala increased 33% in 2012. The company also has increased its tunnel-grown French green bean production in Guatemala by 30%.
Planesa added two new farms in Mexico this year. In addition to marketing Mexican blackberries this season, Pure Fresh also will sell Mexican strawberries.
Also new at Planesa, the shippper opened a division in Chile this year to expand its blueberry program.