Wish Farms, Plant City, Fla., will be marketing more blueberries from Michigan this season, with an expanded partnership with grower Leduc Blueberries, Paw Paw, Mich.
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Leduc Blueberries, a Paw Paw, Mich., grower, is expanding its partnership with Wish Farms, increasing its supply by about 30% from last year’s volumes.

Wish Farms, a year-round berry marketer in Plant City, Fla., announced the deal July 5, as Michigan blueberry harvest started.

“This five-year agreement is fantastic because we are now completely aligned,” Teddy Koukoulis, director of blueberry operations for Wish Farms, said in a news release. “This deal speaks to our team’s continuing effort to work with exceptional grower-packers that adhere to our rigorous food safety standards, quality guidelines and core values.”

The Michigan season lasts through mid-September and production is projected about two million pounds, according to Wish Farms. That could increase to three million pounds over the next five years, according to the release.

“We anticipate great blueberry growing weather for the region this season,” Koukoulis said in the release.

The Leduc family started growing blueberries on 20 acres in 1955, according to the release, and acreage has grown to 400 acres.