Organic blueberry imports expected up

10/27/2010 04:38:23 PM
Andy Nelson

Tampa, Fla.-based Sun Valley International doesn’t plan to import any organic blueberries from Chile this season, but the company is keeping a close eye on future opportunities because of the status of one of its grower partners in the country, said Bob Ritchart, vice president of sales.

The grower didn’t set out to grow organic berries, but because of the growing region he’s in, he’s able to grow fruit with a minimal amount of pesticides, Ritchart said.

“Based just on where he is, he’s almost organic-certified,” he said.

As a result, the chances of the company’s shipping organic blueberries out of Chile sometime in the future are increasing, Ritchart said.

California Giant Inc., Watsonville, Calif., will not be importing any organic blueberries from Chile this season, said Joe Barsi, the company’s director of business development.

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