Luciano Fiszman, procurement manager for Gourmet Trading Co. in Los Angeles said that the company distributes blueberries that are produced from the 5th Region to the 10th Region of Chile into both coasts of the United States, Canada and to Asia.
“Our season begins in November with a perfect transition from Argentina and ends in April, right when we start with our own crop in California,” said Mr. Fiszman. We grow, pack and ship blueberries from our farm in the Central Valley of California.”
Chloe Varennes, marketing manager for Gourmet Trading, added, “This season we are offering 4.4-ounce, six-ounce, 11-ounce, pint, 18-ounce and 24-ounce of Chilean blueberries under our ‘Gourmet Trading Company’ label. It will be our first season packing blueberries in the ‘Green Giant Fresh’ label out of Chile. We will offer this label on an 11-ounce pack size.”
Ms. Varennes noted that the company’s primary customers for the Chilean blueberries are retail chains, but it also services independent retailers, foodservice operators and wholesale customers.
“We distribute Chilean blueberries into our three major distribution areas, which are Los Angeles, Miami and New Jersey,” she added. “The blueberries are then distributed throughout the U.S., Canada, Asia and Europe.”
Scott Hulsey, vice president of procurement for Gourmet Trading, said that Chile is known around the world as being highly evolved in the agriculture sector, as well as for its expertise in exporting fresh produce.
“The blueberry growers that Gourmet Trading Co. works with are the leaders of the blueberry industry,” said Mr. Hulsey. “They are the growers who are always leading the industry in its progress in moving forward. The Chilean fruit industry has been able to grow quickly over the last 10 years through the tremendous growth in the demand of blueberries.”
The Chilean berry category has especially enjoyed increases in demand in the United States in recent years, and much of that growth is contributed to the media coverage regarding the health benefits of berries.
“We expect blueberry demand in the U.S. to continue to grow in the coming years,” said Ms. Varennes.
She added that on Oct. 25, Brian Miller was appointed president of Gourmet Trading.
“Brian has been a member of the Gourmet Trading Co. family for 12 years,” she said. “He has served as vice president of sales, sales manager and salesperson.”