What's happening in the blueberry FoodTech World

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Food Ingredients Vietnam

The excitement is building for the USHBC participation in the Food Ingredients Vietnam Exposition which will be held May 16-18 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  This is a trade-only event and will bring together food manufacturers and suppliers from throughout the region.  Vietnam has a booming food industry and we will meet some of the largest dairy, candy and baking companies from all over the long country.  Hana, our food technologist in Vietnam has been asked to present a seminar at a beverage conference at  the event!

How are things going in Southeast Asia: Lets take a ride!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Global Pet Expo 2018

So, you did not make it to Global Pet Expo (GPE), 2018 held March 21-23 in Orlando, Florida.  Well, no worry -- check out this video on all of the action.  Blueberries on the labels, in the products and on the minds now of the product developers.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

USA Dried Blueberries - a Hit in India

Raj Kapoor, Our man in Delhi!
Infused dried blueberries are a hit in India!

139,000 kg of infused dried blueberries were legally imported into India in 2017 according to the Fruit and Treenuts Statistics published online by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS)  Screen shots provided as well as the source.  
  • USHBC began market development in India in 2008 when zero were imported.
  • This amounts to 486,000 lbs. of dried blueberries
  • Today at least 25 companies are packing consumer dried blueberries and product is also used in restaurants and foodservice as well as cookie and biscuit manufacturing.
  • It took 1.7 million lbs. of frozen blueberries to produce the dried blueberries which were exported to India. (based on 3.5 to 1)
  • Initially when Raj Kapoor started work on this sector, there was no interest from dried fruit traders.   Now, it is described as hot!
  • Indian packed dried blueberries are now being shipped to countries around the region including the Persian Gulf.
  • Now, one after another -- dry blueberry packers are signing up for use of the real blueberries seal to ensure that the customers know this is authentic.
  • Recently at the Gulfood show in Dubai, I met with dozens of Indian dried blueberry customers and all said they were introduced by Raj!
Congratulations to Raj Kapoor, our man in Delhi for a job well done!

Here is the information from the US Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service ERS.  They receive their data from US Customs.  Below is the actual screen shot.

Here are some of the actual people who purchase dried blueberries from the USA who were introduced by USHBC! These shots taken at the AAHAR exhibition recently

Monday, April 9, 2018

Beauty and Personal Care New Blueberry Identified or Containing Products 2018

Something is happening here...
Check out the number of new beauty and personal care products around the world which are identified with blueberries!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Food Ingredients China

Food Ingredients China -- FI to all us FoodTechies is the big show of the year in China.  This is a huge country so it is a great opportunity to bring the food manufactures to one place.  The result -- organized chaos.

First off: our Mandy Chen from Taiwan gave an excellent 30 minute seminar to a group of 50 invited by the USDA-Agricultural Trade Office (ATO).  

Next, the exhibit doors open and here is the USHBC booth in the USA pavilion.   Food manufacturers lined up.

This was a very busy week!  We met with some of the leading dairy, baking and snack companies in China and other countries as well.   What's hot?   Ingredient solutions: dried blueberries, freeze dried blueberries, blueberry flakes, blueberry powders, purees, puree concentrates and juice concentrate to name a few.

What's hot?  Ingredients that are ready to use.   We are the ingredient solution!