Uncle Matt’s enters Florida blueberry deal

04/26/2010 12:50:29 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

A Florida organic citrus grower-shipper is entering the organic blueberry deal.

Uncle Matt’s Organic Inc., Clermont, Fla., plans to begin shipments of organic Florida blueberries in late April.

Uncle Matt’s officials said the grower-shipper plans to pack its emerald and jewel variety blueberries in 4.4-ounce clamshell containers, the industry standard container, from late April through early June.

The company plans to begin shipments on May 1, several weeks later than normal because of the winter’s unusually cold winter, said Annemarie McLean, public relations director.

The berries, grown by organic farmers in central Florida’s southern growing region, feature a deep blue color and high flavor, company leaders say.

“We are excited to add Florida organic blueberries to our expanding list of fresh organic products,” said Matt McLean, chief executive officer. “Florida has a perfect opportunity because its blueberry crop is first in the market in North America each season.”

 Sebring, Fla., grower John McLean, Matt McLean’s uncle, is one of the growers growing the organic berries for Uncle Matt’s. 



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