In this episode of “The Business of Blueberries,” host Kasey Cronquist, president of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) and the North American Blueberry Council (NABC), is joined by Kevin Hamilton, vice president of global marketing for USHBC. Hamilton has over 20 years of marketing experience with a number of brands and commodities, and is bringing that expertise to the blueberry industry. In this episode, Hamilton and Cronquist discuss the current state of blueberry marketing promotion programs and the opportunities ahead to empower the industry to make blueberries the world’s favorite fruit.
“ The notion of ‘world’s favorite fruit’ … favorite is an adjective that is associated with a point of view; with an attitude inside a person’s mind. We’re not going to get there just trying to sell blueberries. We’re not going to get to that notion of favorite fruit. We need to impact how people think about that fruit as they’re buying it. Think about that fruit as they’re consuming it, right? We need to merge that with the market side of things.” – Kevin Hamilton
Topics covered include:
- An introduction to Hamilton and his new role with USHBC.
- What Hamilton brings to the blueberry industry based on his background in consumer packaged goods (CPG), his role with Avocados from Mexico and other marketing roles.
- The importance of data and understanding the consumer’s thought process in global marketing efforts.
- The barriers and opportunities ahead for growing the volume and value of blueberries globally.