Nutritional value helps Chilean blueberry sales - The Packer

Nutritional value helps Chilean blueberry sales

10/21/2011 03:32:00 PM
Dan Gailbraith

“It’s the first step in people eating ready-to-eat fruit right out of the clamshell,” Mixon said. “That’s a big advantage to blueberries. There’s no peeling. It’s all good.”

California Giant is working messages about the product’s nutritional benefits into its marketing plans, said Cindy Jewell, marketing director.

“It’s huge, the whole antioxidant message,” she said. “We’re doing the whole social media plan.”

Janice Honigberg, president of Washington, D.C.-based grower-shipper Sun Belle Inc. and member of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, said the nutritional findings have been an “incredible” value to the product.

“I think slowly but surely, the public is connecting with that message, but first and foremost I think the people are buying all berries for the flavor,” she said.

The nutritional value certainly doesn’t hurt, though, said Brian Bocock, vice president of product management for Naturipe Farms LLC, Naples, Fla.

“The health message, the taste and looks are a good combination,” he said. “When it comes to the nitty-gritty, people will pay the price. For the rest, you have to have a value proposition. You offer them a larger pack where it makes more sense to them.”


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jeff wilmore    
Machias, Maine  |  January, 25, 2012 at 07:00 AM

I live in one of the blueberry capitals of the world, the low bush berry grows wild here. Its a sweet tasting berry that almost all can enjoy and the nutritional value is at a much higher standerd than the high bush as well as the taste. If taste sells than the Maine wild blueberry is the way to go, blueberrys should be as common as milk is in the home. Now is the time to tell A health consists America how good Maine wild blueberrys are for the body.

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