IBO Summit 2014

Mexico is hosting the IBO Summit this 2014. The event will take place on March, 10th, 11th and 12th at the Riu Plaza Guadalajara Hotel. The event will include a growth analysis of global plantations and production volume, as well as the most recent studies on the blueberry’s health benefits, a commercial outlook and a complete analysis of the trends that affect Mexican production and exports
  • Monday 10:
15:00 PM - 18:30 PM - IBO Board Meeting (Riu Hotel - Founder members only) 19:00 PM - 21:00 PM – Cocktail (IBO members only)
  • Tuesday 11:
08:30 AM - 18:30 PM Seminar (lunch included) 19:00 PM - 21:00 PM Dinner (Founder members only - Hosted by Aneberries)
  • Wednesday 12:
07:00 AM - 18:00 PM - Orchards visits (IBO members only) Program available here / Programa disponible acá.


To register please contact us at or download the registration form here. Cost for Non-Members to attend: $200 USD Cost for IBO Members: 1 entrance free – $100 USD for additional entrances Fields visit (for IBO members): $100 USD HotelAccomodation:
  • IBO participants can get a special discount at the RIU Hotel Plaza Guadalajara. Please contact us at: to get the promotional code.                     guadalajara/index.jsp
  • IBO participants can get a special discount at the Holiday Inn Select Guadalajara. Please contact us at to get the promotional code.  

Speakers confirmed thus far:

  • Dr. Chad Finn, Oregon State University: Blueberry Variety Update
  • Parm Bains, President of Highbush Blueberry Council: "U&A Survey" of blueberries in USA
  • Inés Masallach, IMALINX: Blueberries in Mexico- A story of engagement
  • Sofia Freitas, AGIM Coordinator (Association for small fruits and business innovation): Portugal, situation of his blueberry industry - Challenges and Opportunities
  • Raúl Urteaga Trani, general coordinator of international Affairs at SAGARPAAn international perspective for the Mexican berry sector: the government view
  • CS Rim, Very Berry Korea: Korean blueberry market
Country presentations:
  • Australia
Speaker: Peter McPherson – Treasurer – Australian Blueberry Growers Association
  • United States
Speaker: Cort Brazelton – Business Development & International Business – Fall Creek Farm and Nursery Inc.
  • UK
Speaker: Stephen Taylor – Managing director – Winterwood Farms Ltd.
  • Poland
Speaker: Stephen Taylor – Managing director – Winterwood Farms Ltd.
  • South Africa
Speaker: Trevor McKenzie – President of South African Blueberry Growers Association – President of Eurafruit South Africa
  • Canada
Speaker: Debbie Etsell – Executive director – BC Blueberry Council
  • Argentina
Speaker: Carlos Stabile –Project Manager Extraberries Argentina – Representative of the Argentinean Blueberry Committee
  • Uruguay
Speaker: Carlos Stabile – Representative of the Argentinean Blueberry Committee
  • New Zealand
Speaker: Greg Furniss – Director Blueberry Country and BBC Technologies
  • Chile
Speaker: Andres Armstrong - Executive Director – Chilean Blueberry Committee
  • Peru
Speaker: Miguel Bentin – President – Valle y Pampa Peru
  • China 
Speaker: Jerome Chen Jianhua – Business Development Directo – JoyVio
  • Ukraine
Speaker: Natalia Pukshin - LLC blueberry Group
  • Japan
Speaker: Charles Mainland - NABC Program available here.  


Here are our sponsorship opportunities: in English / en español Be part of the event! Sponsorships - Purchase order OFFICIAL SPONSORS: Hortifrut-11-12LOGO BIOTEMPAK MR    logotipo flexo soluciones      Driscolls     Fall Creek NurseryR color logo     Logo FMC vertical         BBC_Logo_w_tagline

IBO Meeting Objectives & Preliminary Meeting Agenda

Annual Meetings Blueberry It has been generally agreed that the most convenient time to meet for delegates from both hemispheres would be held annually during the months of March/April. The next meeting will be held in Mexico in March 2014. Delegates would be responsible for transportation to and from the meeting site, as well as all hotel charges. Individual country organizations can decide whether or not to reimburse their delegate’s expenses. It is expected that the delegates will not only represent the interests of their regional area, they will also be responsible for sharing with their constituents the knowledge and insights gained as part of the process. The new IBO by-laws confirm that individual countries can send delegates from multiple organizations, but they must caucus and agree to cast a single country vote, when decisions are confirmed during the conference.