2016 was an active year for North American new product development. Mintel Global New Product GNPD — the research service which monitors new products reported 825 new blueberry products introduced in the USA and Canada. We are not back to the 1000 plus new products in 2010 to 2012 — but this is a good sign that products are moving from the R & D labs to the market.
Here are some of my favorites:
Finally a really great tasting blueberry beer. A lot depends on personal taste, but this one has a great blueberry flavor and aroma which is synergistic to the wheat ale. It took a collaboration between a New Orleans brewer and local grower to pull this one off.
Ancient Grains are showing up everywhere including quinoa, tef from Ethiopia and chia. More and more of these ancient grain products are teamed with blueberries. The snack sector is using more and more dehydrated blueberries in products from nut mixes to extruded snacks.