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Enter the USHBC 20th Anniversary Awards Program

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, we are proudly turning the focus inward to recognize the leaders of the blueberry industry. Across every link in the blueberry supply chain, a member of our industry has gone above and beyond for the past two decades. Between growers, importers/exporters, marketers and…

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Foodservice Webinar, National Blueberry Month, Safety Resources

Sign up for upcoming Foodservice Webinar Join us on Tuesday, July 14, as we discuss what’s next for foodservice and what it means for blueberries. SRG Managing Director Amy Shipley will lead a conversation with Ian Ramirez, Director of Culinary & Operations at Creative Dining Services and Jason Knoll, VP of Culinary at Another Broken…

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USDA Will Add Blueberries to Category 1 Eligibility List for CFAP

Today the Federal Register posted the updated rule for public inspection on USDA’s CFAP program. According to the “unpublished” document, blueberry growers will be eligible for Category 1 Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments. The rule is anticipated to be officially published tomorrow. Background Based on the USDA’s original assessment of the impact of coronavirus…

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Jeff Malensky Named Chair of the USHBC Promotion Committee

Jeff Malensky, president of Oregon Berry Packing in Hillsboro, Oregon, has recently been appointed chair of the USHBC Promotion Committee. Malensky takes over the leadership position from Bob Carini of Carini Farms in West Olive, Michigan, who has served as the committee’s chair for the past three years. After careful consideration, USHBC board chair Chris…

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National Blueberry Month, Rapid Response Plan, Nielsen Reports, PBH Partnership, United Fresh 2020 LIVE!

Wednesday Kicks Off National Blueberry Month! Are you ready to start promoting and celebrating blueberries all throughout July? Check out USHBC’s free toolkit of creative resources here that includes a ready-to-use National Blueberry Month seal, social media posts and recipe photos. Post or reshare content from our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook channels – we’ll be…

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#BlueberryMethodPack, PBH Webinar, Blueberries Going Virtual!

Webinar Coming Soon: Opening for U-Pick During COVID-19 Join us on Friday, June 19th as we discuss best practices and critical information about opening U-pick operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. USHBC President Kasey Cronquist will lead a conversation with Laura McDermott, small fruit specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and blueberry growers who have been through their…

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Podcast Launch, Today’s Dietitian Symposium, and the Blueberry Method

Subscribe to The Business of Blueberries Podcast! As you may have seen last week, we’re launching a brand new podcast called “The Business of Blueberries,” on Tuesday, June 9! You can subscribe and listen to the podcast through Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher. Want to share this podcast update with others in the industry? Tweet about it! Keeping Blueberry Nutrition…

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Shoppable Recipes, New Podcast and Are Your Blueberries In The Box?

As many of you may remember, in March, USHBC announced a strategic refresh that focuses on fostering greater collaboration among all stakeholders and moving forward as an industry. As part of this, we’ll be actively communicating with the industry on a more frequent basis and through new channels. Driving Sales of Blueberries: Shoppable Recipes Now…

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Payments for Blueberry Growers Detailed in Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

On Tuesday, May 19, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced updates for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The USDA CFAP for specialty crops is divided into three categories of eligibility: Had crops that suffered a 5% or greater price decline between January 15 and April 15, 2020, as a result of the COVID-19…

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Fresh Blueberries Gain Expanded Access to China, the Philippines

China has announced updates to the phase 1 trade agreement with China, expanding market access for fresh U.S. highbush blueberries. Additionally, the USDA Foreign Agricultural Office (FAS) Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) in Manila, the Philippines, announced this week that U.S. fresh blueberries will be granted market access, making the U.S. the only country with official…

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