Season coming into full swing in New Jersey, Michigan, and Pacific Northwest
Salinas, CA – Ahead of National Blueberry Month, Naturipe Farms is kicking off the summer season with promotable volumes of its flavorful blueberries from New Jersey, Michigan, and the Pacific Northwest.
Following a strong start to the domestic blueberry season in the Southeast, Naturipe will transition to crops in New Jersey, Michigan, and the Pacific Northwest to provide a bounty of blueberries for the entire summer. Naturipe is the country’s largest blueberry supplier and #1 brand of Fresh Blueberries, growing dollar sales of blueberries at 2.5 times the prior 52-week growth of the category.
“Demand for blueberries has been fantastic so far this year, which leads into a perfect scenario for a large crop coming on from New Jersey then transitioning into Michigan and the Pacific Northwest,” said Jim Roberts, President of Sales for Naturipe Farms. “Mother Nature has been kind to us this year unlike the last three years. We are pleased to have strong crops with promotable volumes and better quality. This will provide retailers with the opportunity to increase promotional frequency, open up displays with multiple pack sizes, and achieve record sales in the category.”
The “berry” blue summer will kick off with promotable volumes from New Jersey in the second week of June, with the Duke and Draper varieties, as well as Naturipe’s proprietary Envoy variety. New Jersey will experience peak volume in mid-June and then the crop will transition to Michigan and the Pacific Northwest at the beginning of July. Peak volumes in the Pacific Northwest will continue from mid-July to early August, while Michigan will see peak volumes in late July through mid-August.
“We’re really excited about our new varieties, in all of these growing regions at Naturipe Farms,” added Brian Bocock, Vice President of Product Management. “Our growers are going through an evolution in varieties that takes the top characteristics of existing varieties and delivers even better taste, flavor, size, texture, shelf life, and more. Growers, retailers, and consumers, regardless of variety, are going to get an improvement over what we’ve seen in the past.”
Throughout the summer, Naturipe’s Mighty Blues™ Blueberries will also be available and will bring a larger than life aspect to retailers’ berry lineups. Nearly the size of a quarter, Mighty Blues™ are a super-sized way to enjoy Naturipe’s fresh offerings.
Naturipe’s Blueberries will be offered in a range of package sizes, including 6oz, pint, 18oz, and 2 lbs, as well as the stackable, easily-merchandisable low profile pint package. For delicious ways to use Naturipe’s Blueberries, visit https://www.naturipefarms.com/recipes/.
Naturipe is a farmer-owned producer and marketer of nutritious, best tasting, premium berries and avocados that has been an industry leader for more than 100 years producing healthy, deliciously fresh, frozen, and value-added products. Because our diverse grower base shares resources, skills, labor, and knowledge, we are better farmers and, in turn, strengthen the local farm community. Our focus on innovation ensures year-round availability of locally grown and Globally LocalTM conventional and organic fruit.