Actualidad nacional e internacionalJul. 12, 2016
Estados Unidos: Consumo per cápita de arándanos ha subido un 50% entre el 2010 y el 2015
The North American Blueberry Council (NABC) reports that per capita blueberry consumption in North America grew almost 50% between 2010 and 2015. Moreover, according to Mark Villata, the executive director of U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, “The interest in blueberries from the consumer side is continuing to grow.”
The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council predicts blueberry production in North America will increase to 940 million pounds in 2019, up from 750.2 million pounds last year. By then, the council projects blueberry production will have increased 25% from 2015.
The Highbush Council wants to target countries where fresh U.S. blueberries are not available—including Australia, Chile, South Korea and Vietnam—to increase demand.
North America accounts for more than half the global supply of blueberries, which is expected to surpass 1.4 billion pounds in 2016, according to the Highbush Council.
Americans surveyed in 2013 indicated they were twice as likely to purchase blueberries at some point during the next year than those asked in 2004, according to the NABC. Of those surveyed, 84% said they were aware of the fruit’s health benefits, a 115% increase from 2004.
Ingredient manufacturers could take this opportunity to formulate new blueberry products, plugging into and promoting their health advantages.