Saturday, October 15, 2016

USHBC Super Chef Salutes Filipino Bakers!

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Filipino Chinese Bakers Association.  This is the group representing all of the largest bakeries in the country.  They purchase ingredients cooperatively, conduct educational activities and seminars.  To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of this prestigeous organization -- USHBC has sent our super pastry chef John Hui to conduct keynote demo at the 50th Anniversary Gala in Manila.   Here is the invitation and note the hundreds of positive comments and thanks from members to the USHBC for this gesture of goodwill and cooperation.
John will demonstrate use of frozen blueberries in muffins, dried blueberries in bars and other concepts he uses every day at the Lodge at Pebble Beach in California!  Go get em Chef John!  Stay tuned for photos from the big event!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Blueberry Baby Foods!

A new generation of blueberry lovers is on the rise.   Blueberry Baby Foods are on the rise.
Check out the new product charts to see that new products around the world are on the rise with more than 80 new blueberry baby products developed already this year.    Typically, when we look at new products, we analyze North America and export in separate glances.   North American baby food is a trusted brand all over the world -- especially in China and Southeast Asia.   Consumers trust the purity and safety of feeding American made products.   You will find North American produced baby foods in supermarkets all over the world.
Above Photo: Trish Adkins, Brand Ambassador of Happy Family Brands in Philadelphia receives USHBC Little Blue Dynamo Award from Promotions Committee Chairperson Kirk McCreary.

Recently, USHBC honored new product development at the recent Philadelphia meeting.   The Little Blue Dynamo Award for Innovation was given to Happy Baby Brands, which includes  whole line of quality baby foods including pre-natal for soon-to-be moms, teethers, liquid pouches of purees and all with health ingredients like fruits, veggies and especially blueberries.

Happy Baby Brand Ambassador Trish Adkins, received the award at the USHBC marketing committee meeting and explained the synergy of blueberries and Happy Baby products.  She said that the Millennial consumers are looking for ingredients like blueberries in the product and on the label.  Happy Baby products include all sorts of compatible wholesale ingredients.

Check out the combination of blueberries and black carrots which are also high in anthocyanin.
The Happy Baby Teethers product contains a blueberry powder.  It takes up to 12 lbs of blueberry to make one lb of blueberry powder.   So this product uses an optimal level.   The products have developed a loyal customer base at home and abroad, and more and more new product offerings feature blueberries.

What's next!   We expect to see new blueberry containing products flourish in the baby food category, and even spread into specialty food areas such as food for seniors.   Keep an eye out for those blueberry products and happy people worldwide!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

USHBC Honors Malaysian Blueberry Sales Pioneer

Harvest Bakery Ingredients SDN BHD in Selangor, Malaysia is a pioneer in bringing quality USA bakery fillings to Southeast Asia.   Teck Guan, Lim and his crew have imported EFCO fillings from the USA for distribution and the main item -- blueberry!  
Harvest sees the quality difference of using the fillings made with North American frozen blueberries which feature soft skin, sweet taste and even integration into filling batches.   Although there are often lower cost alternatives -- in the long run the customer wins with quality fillings that perform in quality products.
Harvest has been awarded the prestigious Blue Dynamo Award for Innovation - 2016 - for continual efforts to promote US produced blueberry fillings and other products in the Malaysian bakery market.  The company sells blueberry filings all over Southeast Asia including: Indonesia, Brunei, Myanmar, and other countries.  
Although they have been offered less expensive products, they stick with US origin fillings as a sure bet for flavor, texture and consumer appeal.

Caption:  Mr. & Mrs Tek Guan, Lin accept Little Blue Dynamo for Innovation at the recent International Baking Industry Eposition (IBIE) in Las Vegas.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

US Blueberries for Korean Foodservice

Korea is the largest export market for US Highbush frozen blueberries.   In 2015 around 10 million lbs were shipped to the "land of the morning calm."   With food processing continuing utilizing most blueberries in past decade's "blueberry fever" -- we are now approaching the lucrative foodservice market.  This includes family foodservice, hotels and restaurants and institutions.  Koreans consumer a huge percentage of meals outside and we aim to reach consumers in this growing channel.

(Below): Foodservice Structure

Source: Soejung Heo, A Study on the Foodservice Industry in Korea, 2013.

Reaching the foodservice customers.
We wish we could get blueberries into Kimchee and Bi Bim Bap, and who knows?  But, our first point of entry has been western and family foodservice chains -- such as Skylark, CJ Foodville and Cocos.   Rather than reinvent Korean cuisine, we are adapting recipes and formulas to include blueberries.   We also mix in the health and beauty message.    Below is an example of a recent activity targeting foodservice distributors.  

Korea Culinary Camp 2016
Here is an example of our foodservice work with the annual "Korea Culinary Camp."  This event is hosted by the USDA-Foreign Agricultural Service and the Korean Chef's Association.  Three menu items with frozen blueberries were presented at the September 7 event.    Here are a few photos from the event.   Stay tuned for more information on the Culinary Camp!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

USHBC Bakes Alaska with Blueberries in Taipei Training Activity

USHBC targets the Taiwan foodservice industry with fresh and frozen blueberry promotions.  This September Master Chef John Hui, Executive Pastry Chef at the Lodge at Pebble Beach worked with the Victoria Hotel Chain in Taipei to create signature desserts with blueberries.   The baked Alaska a flambe dessert was prepared with blueberry cake, blueberry sorbet and topped with blueberries.   As Chef John says -- blueberry domination!   The training was  a huge success and the Taipei Television Network covered in a wonderful spot shown on national television throughout the country.  The Result: Victoria is promoting blueberry desserts all month in their hotels throughout Taiwan.   The concept of using fresh and frozen blueberries in desserts is catching on.   Foodservice suppliers are linking up with fresh and frozen suppliers to promote blueberries in this promising new sector!

(Above) Here is the team at the Hotel Victoria!   Chefs from all over Taiwan came to the Taipei hotel for training.

Check out the online video!

Now that is a lot of blueberry!

Poster at Victoria Hotel

Here is how to make a blueberry baked Alaska as seen on Taiwan Television!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Australian Blueberry Products 2016

Here are just a few new products with blueberries launched in the last year.  It is heartening to see products which were discussed with companies at Fine Foods Australia 2015 -- now hitting the marketplace.

The most valuable asset USHBC provides is new product ideas and food tech power!

Let's get some more!

Above: Chocolate and blueberry an Australian "tag team" for health!
Below: This baby food thing is big.   Mom's and dads feel good about feeding blueberries!

Below: Cold Pressed juices are huge in Australia and why not mix with beet juice!   

Below: note the tagline: "only good stuff!"

Below: A drinkable yogurt that will certainly hit the US market (if not yet).  Blueberries are the star!  Note the front package: NO PRESERVATIVES, NO ARTIFICIAL COLOURS OR PRESERVATIVES!

Below: Love the label: "NATURAL BLUEBERRIES."

Australians love their pets -- and here is one for the Aussie Shep in the family!  Note the blueberry identification on the pack.

Below: Now this is a great new concept from Dole Australia.   Love the term: "Whole Blueberries" in the flavoured custard.

Below: Blueberry candies.  Australians love their sweets and this is a great new concept for healthy confectionery which is a huge per capita consumption item.

Below: Another Cold Pressed juice.    We will see more and more of this in the USA.

Below: Australia was an early adapter for development of blueberry-containing bars.   More and more each month!

Below: Blueberry beauty mask!  This trend has moved fast from Korea to Australia.   

Below: Note the made in Australia label.  This is a big deal for Australian consumers.

Below: This product contains all of the trendy ingredients including: chia, coconut and of course blueberry.  The product name "Wholesome" says it all!

Below: Australia is one of the leading per-capita chocolate-consuming countries and the addition of blueberries seems to remove some of the "consumption guilt."

Below: Dried blueberries are gaining popularity fast in Australia.   We love the use of blueberry graphics on the pack.