Blueberry alliance formed in U.S.

An organized and unified coalition is now established by U.S. blueberry growers, including California, Florida, Georgiaand Michigan.


On December 16, 2020, the group stated its advocacy for the long-term viability of the domestic blueberry industry. It will provide data and support to an ongoing U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation into serious injury caused by increased imports of fresh, chilled and frozen blueberries under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974. 


According to the group, imports rose by more than 60 per cent between 2015 and 2019. Imports from Peru, for example, have surged by 1,258 per cent. Imports from Mexico have increased by 268 per cent during the same period. 


The group’s website also cites Canadian imports. “Blueberry imports have surged from a number of countries, especially Chile, Peru, Mexico, Argentina, and Canada, rising nearly 62 per cent from 423 million pounds in 2015 to 684 million pounds in 2019.”


"Many family farms have become a casualty of rising imports and are being forced out of commercial production as other countries increase production to deliberately target the U.S. market," said Brittany Lee, executive director of the Florida Blueberry Growers Association. "If something is not done, we will lose the blueberry industry in the United States." 


The ITC plans to hold hearings in early 2021 and then deliver a report on blueberry injury and remedies to the White House. Under Section 203, the President then determines what action to take. To support this investigation, Alliance members are providing data and evidence on how blueberry imports are impacting their production, pricing and marketing activities, especially during the critical U.S. spring and summer harvesting seasons.


For more detail, link here:


Source:  PR Newswire December 16, 2020 news release

If latest news: 
Check if it is latest news (for "Latest News" page)
Publish date: 
Sunday, December 20, 2020

Click to leave a comment

For security purposes, please confirm you are not a robot!


Grape packaging wins prize for convenience

Cultivar, a produce company based in Spain, has won first prize in the “Best Convenience Packaging” category of the World Food Innovation Awards. The jury praised the functionality and aesthetic appeal of the paper-based format, while noting the reduction of plastic.

Canada remains top destination for U.S. produce

Despite the pandemic, the produce supply chain held strong in 2020 with Canada receiving 49 per cent of American produce exports valued at $3.5 billion. The number is unchanged from 2019.  

Mosaic Company to collaborate with AgBiome

The Mosaic Company, a producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients, will collaborate with AgBiome, to discover, develop and launch novel biological approaches to enhancing soil fertility.

PMA and United Fresh to create new global trade association

The Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh Produce Association will combine on January 1, 2022. The new association will be led jointly by Cathy Burns and Tom Stenzel throughout 2022. After that, Burns will become the sole CEO. 

Peru remains top global exporter of blueberries

2020 exports of the blue superfruit were valued at US$1.020 billion, up 23.4 per cent compared to 2019. For two years now, Peru has outpaced Chile in blueberry production.