Topics in this issue of Behind the Blue:
- Blueberry Consumer Promotions Continue to Drive Excitement
- Newly Launched Website Engages Health and Nutrition Professionals
- ‘The Business of Blueberries’ Podcast Reaches 20,000 Downloads
We’re still in the midst of National Blueberry Month, but last month was also an important power period for blueberries. June marked Alzheimer’s and Brain Health Awareness Month, and USHBC’s fully integrated program was activated across several audiences and channels. In fact, Grab a Boost of Blue and relevant research were integrated into a number of key activations. Blue Crew member Lisa Mosconi, Ph.D., USHBC’s resident brain health expert, contributed to a USHBC press release and shared promotions across her social media channels. Registered dietitians extended key messaging during Brain Health Month in top-tier outlets like Today.com, generating 9.2M total impressions. The Blue Crew amplified brain health messaging with 68K impressions via social media and blog posts.
USHBC also partnered with the California Walnut Board to launch its first 2021 retail promotion and learning program to drive blueberry sales across the United States. As part of a partnership with each retailer, registered dietitians garnered attention for the health benefits of both blueberries and walnuts through TV interviews and Facebook Live events. Weis Markets featured a Blueberry and Walnut Snack Mix in TV segments on Good Day PA (1,003,816 broadcast reach) and WBRE (593,637 broadcast reach). Both segments featured Grab a Boost of Blue signage and key health message points, helping further amplify USHBC’s messaging during this important month.
When it comes to health and nutrition, blueberries play a powerful role in a balanced diet – and there’s plenty of research and data to prove it.
To provide health professionals with a one-stop shop for all things related to the healthfulness of blueberries, the USHBC recently launched its new Health & Nutrition Center website. Here, health professionals can find helpful resources on the health benefits of blueberries, educational resources for their clients and details on USHBC’s partnerships. And health researchers can dig into the collection of in-depth blueberry science and find research program updates and requests for research proposals.
Check out the website for yourself and direct any health professionals you engage with to the revamped website to learn more.
“The Business of Blueberries” podcast reached another significant milestone last week by accumulating 20,000 total downloads since launching just a little over a year ago in June of 2020! This would not have been achieved without the support and participation of blueberry industry stakeholders who listen, participate as guests and inform the content of our podcast. Thank you to those of you who tune into our podcast, and please let us know if there is anything you’d like to see – or hear – in a future episode by dropping us a line at [email protected].
The podcast reached this landmark with the release of episode 56, titled “Celebrating National Blueberry Month in BIG Ways.”
In this episode, host Kasey Cronquist was joined by USHBC and NABC Vice President of Marketing and Communications Jennifer Sparks for a conversation with USHBC partner and chef George Duran about one of the most exciting elements of National Blueberry Month so far, the behind-the-scenes moments on the set of “Good Morning America,” and why this experience was a big win for the blueberry industry.
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