Leadership Development Applications Due Friday, Destination Peru, New Research Illustrates Impact of Blueberries on Mortality


Topics in this issue of Behind the Blue:

Blueberry Industry Leadership Class Deadline Is June 16

The deadline to apply for the blueberry industry’s ONLY leadership program is this Friday, June 16.

We’re looking for passionate up-and-comers who are ready to take their industry experience to the next level. Participants receive immersive leadership training, deep dives into ag innovation and technology, connection to industry thought leaders and program classmates and more.

This exclusive experience is not to be missed!

Apply to participate ASAP, and feel free to reach out to Amanda Griffin, USHBC’s vice president of engagement and education, at [email protected] with questions.

The USHBC is thrilled to announce a new industry event – Destination Peru! This is a unique opportunity for members of the blueberry industry to learn firsthand what’s fueling the growth of this major production region.

Together with Proarandanos, the USHBC and NABC will be hosting a guided journey through the blueberry fields of Peru.

As a group, we’ll have the opportunity to visit numerous farms and packing facilities in the La Libertad and Ica regions. In addition to tours, we’ll discuss new global opportunities with industry partners.

Registration Fee: $1,950/person

Event Schedule:

Monday, September 11
Arrivals in Trujillo

Tuesday, September 12
Tour Day in Trujillo

Wednesday, September 13
Tour Day in Trujillo
Fly to Lima

Thursday, September 14
Tour Day in Ica regions

Friday, September 15
Optional Free Day
Attendees Fly Home/Extend Travel

This once-in-a-lifetime trip is limited to 40 people. Please click below to learn more and register.

New Research Illustrates Impact of Blueberries on Mortality

A new research study published in BMC Medicine found eating more flavonoid-rich foods – specifically blueberries, tea, red wine and peppers – is associated with up to an 11% reduction in all-cause mortality.

Flavonoids are the most abundant and most researched class of polyphenols, a group of phytochemicals, which demonstrate important anti-inflammatory effects.

This is the first study of its kind to examine the associations between changes in intake of flavonoid-rich foods and risk of all-cause and cause-specific mortality.

“The result of our research illustrates that modifying eating behaviors in mid to later life can influence health outcomes, and a dietary pattern higher in flavonoid-rich foods and beverages, including blueberries, may offer distinct benefits,” said Aedin Cassidy, Ph.D. the study’s lead investigator.