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Press release

  • Happy Birthday Blueberries

    05 July 2016

    Blueberries have come a long way thanks to the forward thinking and innovative determination of Elizabeth C. White, the founder of the commercial highbush blueberry business, and USDA researcher Frederick V. Coville. We salute these blueberry pioneers and celebrate 100 years of highbush blueberries.

    In the early 1900s White collaborated with Coville on her farm in Whitesbog, New Jersey. They spent years developing highbush blueberries from the most promising native bushes in New Jersey's Pinelands, propagating the best of the best. In 1916 White brought the first commercial delivery of blueberries to market in New York and Philadelphia.

    Today more than one billion pounds of highbush blueberries are produced annually in North America. Production flourishes in 33 states, two provinces of Canada and Mexico. The world loves highbush blueberries!

    ¿ Highbush blueberries comprise 86% of all blueberries grown in the United States and three-fourths of North American blueberry production (3).
    ¿ Fresh blueberries are a superstar of the produce section and available throughout the year.
    ¿ Highbush blueberries are produced in a range of ingredient formats -- frozen, puree, concentrate, dehydrated and more.
    ¿ Ingredient use of highbush blueberries continues with hundreds of new products introduced each year. Besides traditional items, new categories are growing, such as pet foods and natural cosmetics.
    ¿ Scientific research continues to document health benefits. Visit our online blueberry research database: www.blueberrytech,org
    ¿ Highbush blueberries are an excellent choice. Consistent supply + consumer demand = opportunities

    The highbush blueberry has come a long way thanks to the forward thinking and innovative determination of Elizabeth White and Frederick Coville. We salute these blueberry pioneers and celebrate 100 years of growing goodness.

    Visit us at SIAL Paris, booth 44M085 in the USA Pavilion. Our blueberry growers thank you for the support!