As berries fill U.S. niche, domestic use remains low

09/13/2013 02:10:00 PM
Tom Burfield

“Argentina fills the window between the domestic production and the beginning of the Chilean import season, and it gives consumers and retailers continuity of blueberries throughout the year without a gap,” said Mike Parr, president of Team Produce International, Miami.

However, pricing tends to go up during the import season, he said.

“Consumption of blueberries is going up in double digits,” he said. “They’re becoming much more of a commodity for the consumer to have in their household year-round.”

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