U.S.-headquartered multinational Del Monte Fresh Produce says it is optimistic about the domestic blueberry season spanning from March to September.
It will begin in the south and eastern states before continuing in California in April, and British Columbia later on. The Mexican blueberry season begins in early autumn, Del Monte said in a release.
The company’s Chilean import blueberry season ended with increased volumes over the prior years, continuing to expand to meet the growing interest from retailers and foodservice customers.
“The demand for fresh blueberries in the United States has grown steadily over the past decade. Per capita consumption more than tripled since 2005, exceeding 1.5 pounds per person,” said Dennis Christou, vice president of marketing for North America.
“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.
“A major advantage we have is our Del Monte Fresh Cut business which these products support.”