Consumers beat the heat with berry recipes - The Packer

Consumers beat the heat with berry recipes

07/23/2014 03:40:00 PM
Melissa Shipman

Summer means heat, and heat means people are in search of cool, refreshing recipes.

Summer is also a time for patriotic pride, which can influence consumer’s choices of berry recipes.

Watsonville, Calif.-based California Giant Berry Farms Inc., has several summer-themed recipes that lend themselves well to summer holiday parties, whether for Independence Day or any weekend barbecue,

California Giant Berry Farms Inc.California Giant Berry Farms Inc., offers consumers berry smoothie and ice cream recipes as a cool treat this summer.“July is a great time for the trade to promote both strawberries and blueberries, capitalizing on the patriotic look of the red and blue colors,” said Cindy Jewell, the company’s director of marketing.

But those trends don’t end after July Fourth. Labor Day also provides a great opportunity for flag-themed treats.

“This is a great time of year to incorporate all of our fresh berries into summer menus adding flavor, color and innovation in menus for everyday or family and friends gathering for summer holidays and vacations,” Jewell said.

Marcos Nuques, West Coast sales manager, Giumarra International Berry, Los Angeles, says summer is a great time to think about using berries for outdoor-event recipes.

“When entertaining at a picnic or barbecue, they make a great addition to drinks such as lemonade, punch, ice tea and cocktails,” he said in an e-mail.

And the warm-weather recipe ideas are endless, according to marketers.

“If served fresh or with a dessert, their sweet flavor is highlighted, but they also enhance more savory dishes,” Nuques said.

When it’s hot outside, recipes that don’t require cooking are popular ways to use summer berries.

“We really try to focus on providing fun, refreshing recipes and ideas for our consumer followers to keep them out of the hot kitchen and instead creating cool snacks and meals the family can enjoy together and with friends,” Jewell said.

Ice cream is one especially popular berry recipe.

California Giant has recipes for fresh strawberry ice cream made with white chocolate chips and blueberry cheesecake ice cream featured on their website for summer.

“Fresh berries are great for ice cream recipes like those. Those types of recipes are popular,” Jewell said.

The trend for using berries in frozen treats goes beyond just ice cream.

“Blueberries are a natural addition to smoothies and popsicles. Even frozen blueberries by themselves are refreshing,” Nuques said.

California Giant is doing a summer berry smoothie promotion featuring consumer recipes.

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