Harvesting Success: Todd Eagan’s Blueberry Journey

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 Todd Eagan, a former lead berry buyer with Costco’s fresh produce department and current consultant with Good Farms. You may remember him as a distinguished speaker at one of our virtual events in 2020 where he presented “In Search of the Perfect Blueberry.” Eagan shares industry trends and gives insight into how to capture more of the fresh produce market.

“I’m a big believer in the free market, and I think consumers are smart. They don’t want to spend their dollars, and nothing was worse to me than when you didn’t hit expectations. Let’s find a way to try to meet expectations wherever we can and so always kinda chasing that … let’s make sure that we can do everything we can to exceed expectations of the consumer rather than disappoint.” – Todd Eagan

 Topics covered include: 

  • An introduction to Eagan and his reflections on the state of the berry industry over the last few decades.
  • Eagan’s overall career in the berry industry and his extensive experience in retail produce. 
  • Eagan’s take on the blueberry industry’s successes and possible historical shortcomings.

Crop Report

The Blueberry Crop Report is an update on crop conditions and markets throughout important blueberry growing areas. Today you’ll hear from Jaqueline Nakashian with the California Blueberry Commission, Matt Macrie from New Jersey, Jody McPherson in North Carolina, Derrin Wheeler in Georgia and Luis Vegas in Peru. This was recorded on May 30, 2024.