The company finished up its Chilean import season with higher volume than in previous years and plans to keep building the program, according to a news release.
It sources blueberries from the U.S. from March to September, with production in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey and California.
The domestic season starts in the southeast, continues in California later in the spring, and eventually moves to British Columbia. The Mexico season starts in early fall.
“The demand for fresh blueberries in the U.S. has grown steadily over the past decade,” vice president of marketing Dennis Christou said in the release. “Per capita consumption more than tripled since 2005, exceeding 1.5 pounds per person.
“Del Monte has been a key player in growing and shipping premium blueberries in Chile for more than 25 years, and we continue to expand our operations to meet this growing demand,” Christou said. “A major advantage we have is our Del Monte Fresh-Cut business, which these products support.”
The company bought a roughly 320-acre blueberry farm in Chile in June 2016.