"Gourmet Trading Co. handles conventional and organic blueberries out of Chile," said Luciano Fiszman, procurement manager for the Los Angeles-based leading supplier of year-round high-quality fruits and vegetables. "We will also have some Chilean asparagus this season."
The company's Chilean blueberry program started at the end of November. On Dec. 17, Fiszman said it was then entering the first peak of the season.
"Gourmet Trading Co. Chilean blueberries will be available until early April," he said. "The second peak period will be prior to Valentine's Day."
He said that the Chilean asparagus season had ended in mid-December, but that Gourmet Trading Co. would have Chilean asparagus available next year from September through November.
Gourmet Trading Co. is a grower and distributor of fresh green, white and purple asparagus, blueberries and its trademarked "SuperBlues" blueberries. The company was established in 1982 as a family business. Today it has its own farms in California and in Peru, in addition to a state-of-the-art packing facility in Washington.
The new year is also going to bring a new location to Gourmet Trading Co.’s Los Angeles headquarters. It will be relocating on Jan. 19.
It recently partnered with Sony for a special "Smurfs" promotion. Gourmet Trading Co.’s 11-ounce packages featured The 'Smurfs' characters for the release of "The Smurfs 2" movie on DVD Dec. 3. The promotion included social media, an e-mail blast to consumers and a coupon inside 'The Smurfs 2' DVD.
This season it also expanded its Green Giant Fresh blueberry pack sizes to six-ounce and 11-ounce.
"Upcoming pack styles for the remainder of the Chilean season will be a six-ounce, 11-ounce pints, eight pack of 18-ounce, 12 pack of 18-ounce and 24-ounce," said Fiszman. "Our organic line will also be available for the remainder of the season."
He noted that there were some government challenges related to point of origin in the recent past, but that he did not foresee any challenges related to importing fresh produce from Chile to the U.S.