What's happening in the blueberry FoodTech World

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Taiwan Salutes Blueberry Centennial

Taiwan has been a steady market for US highbush blueberries for decades.  Here is a recent article on Taiwan's salute to 100 years of highbush blueberries and 25 years of USHBC/NABC export promotions in Taiwan!


The small island imports more than half a million lbs and shipments in 2016 are up 27%

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.