ANAHEIM, Calif. — Packer correspondent Tom Burfield collected these new items on the expo floor at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit.
COLOMBIA: Camilo Lozano (left) and Gabriel Botero of AsocolBlue, the Colombian Association of Blueberries Growers, say blueberry acreage in Colombia is expected to increase from its current 1,100 acres to about 25,000 acres in five years. Avocados also have started shipping to the U.S. Nine Colombian companies showed products at Fresh Summit. Other items on display included goldenberries, yellow dragon fruit, passion fruit, limes, pineapples, bananas and valencia oranges. Products can ship from Colombia year-round because of its position on the equator. “We don’t have seasons,” Lozano says. He Lozano says Europe is Colombia’s main avocado market, but he expects growers to export more of the fruit to the U.S. in future seasons. Columbia has nearly 44,500 acres of avocados and eventually is expected to have nearly 250,000 acres, he says.