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 Andres Armstrong, executive director of the Chilean Blueberry Committee. Armstrong returns to update listeners on the progress of the Chilean blueberry industry. He previously appeared in episode 22 and episode 75.
“We’re at a point where we need to adjust to a different competitive environment. This is our focus now. We used to be kind of alone in the market, and I always tell people here, we compete among ourselves. Now we need to understand there’s new competition and we need to understand where this is going, where are the advantages, which is our place in this new market?” – Andres Armstrong
Topics covered include:
- The Chilean blueberry industry’s recent areas of focus.
- The current concerns and pursuits of the Chilean industry within the global market.
The Blueberry Crop Report is an update on crop conditions and markets throughout important blueberry growing areas. Today you’ll hear from Derrin Wheeler in Georgia, Jody McPherson in North Carolina, Elise Oliver in California, TJ Hafner in Oregon, Alan Schreiber in Washington, Luis Vegas in Peru and Mario Ramirez in Mexico. This was recorded on April 26, 2023.