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Ozblu blueberry varieties will be grown in the U.S. for the first time with Peru-based Migiva Group’s purchase of two Florida berry properties.

Migiva, which has a partnership with Australia-based Ozblu to market the proprietary berry varieties in the Americas, plans to invest $32 million to “build vertically-integrated farms and process plants” in the next 18 months, according to a news release. The properties are a 453-acre farm in Venus and 82-acre farm/processing facility in Sebring.

“As a world-class grower we are very excited to implement our expansion in the U.S.,” Matt Zinger, who oversees global investments at Migiva Group, said in the release. “We see this as a milestone for a new series of long-term strategic investments for our Group.”

Ozblu varieties are typically larger, crunchier and more flavorful, according to the release, and are “evergreen,” needing fewer chill-hours during the greening season.

In February, Migiva and United Exports announced an agreement with Red Sun Farms Mexico to grow Ozblu varieties in Mexico.

Submitted by Michael Pierce on Tue, 03/12/2019 - 15:25

Hi Bruce Peterson,
Hope all is well.