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Giumarra expects increased volume of Chilean blueberries

Giumarra International Berry is preparing for the upcoming import blueberry season and expects increased volumes from the 2011-12 season.

"We are looking forward to the upcoming Chilean blueberry season and we will have a complete 'Nature's Partner' program of blueberries from the Southern Hemisphere," Tom Richardson, general manager of Giumarra International Berry, said in a press release. "Our sourcing team works continuously to blueberry labelensure we have adequate supply, and our volumes will exceed last year's. The fresh blueberry category continues to be very profitable for our customers as consumption drives demand."

The Giumarra International Berry division has marketed the company's blueberry and blackberry programs since 2003. Giumarra has been importing berries from the Southern Hemisphere since the late 1990s and has a well-established grower network in Chile and Argentina.

Mr. Richardson noted in the press release that he expects early arrivals this season, with the first vessels scheduled to arrive the week of Dec. 3. Air-freight fruit was expected to arrive as early as mid-November.

Fruit will continue through to the start of the U.S. season in April, when Giumarra begins offering a complete North American blueberry program.

Giumarra will also see an increase in USDA Certified Organic blueberry supplies from Chile. First shipments are expected to arrive in mid-December and continue through April.

"We have ample organic supplies for customers interested in a program," Mr. Richardson said in the press release.