Viva Costa Rica

We all know Costa Rica is a paradise!  Now this nation of 5 million is becoming an important regional food manufacturing hub.  This year Costa Rican companies imported a half million USD worth of dried, fresh and frozen USA blueberries!   June 11-13 — USHBC initiated FoodTech activities in Costa Rica with attendance at the Expohore food and hotel exposition in San Jose.

 

Some Facts:

Population: 5 million
>GDP Per Capita: $16,000
>Strong growth.
>Big Mac Index: $3.77 (About same as USA)
>Well developed grocery chain infrastructure with refrigerated produce sections and freezer space for frozen polybag blueberries.
>Strong Food Industry Sector with bakeries such as Bimbo, Dairy Tres Pinos and importers and suppliers for the foodservice and hotel and restaurant industries.
>With large expat communities and store chains serving them, the general public does have awareness of blueberries!

Activity:

USHBC shared booth with the USDA-Foreign Agriculture Service Representative in Costa Rica who is a big fan of blueberries and so happy to work with our Latin America Food Tech Katia Miura.   Face to face interaction is important and we met with dozens of current and potential buyers and product developers.

Here is a short video of Costa Rican made blueberry products!

CR products


Korean Pet Foods Get Real!

Here is a new blueberry-containing pet food from Korea.  Like in the USA–pets are becoming family members.  A new generation of Korean-made foods has hit the market and this one incudes “human grade” salmon, tomatoes, pumpkin and blueberry!


Greek Yogurt India

Namaste from Delhi!  Two years ago, our local FoodTech began talking up the success of blueberry Greek yogurts in North America to the Indian dairy industry!  Now it has become a category of its own and often with yummy blueberry flavors made in country with imported frozen blueberries from the USA!


Beautiful Blueberry Extracts for Vietnam

Two years ago, we started seeing Korean skincare products on the market in Vietnam.  Now here is an example of a new Vietnam-made product using USA blueberry extract and olive oil!   Hana, our local foodtech, has been linking local companies with samples and supplies!


Seoul Foods Expo – 2019

Korea FoodTech Sunyong Lee presents unique Korean sauce concepts utilizing frozen Blueberries at the Seoul Foods Exposition in Ilsan May 21-24, 2019 A bit hit in the land of spicy foods!

Blueberry Honey Sauce.  Combines two ingredients for health as well as ginseng!

Blueberry Bi Bim Bap Sauce.  This popular one bowl dish includes rice (bap) and  veggies (bi bim).  No bi bim bap is complete without a savory sauce which is applied and mashed into the healthful mixture!  The savory Korean sauce with blueberries is a big hit here at the Seoul Foods and chefs are snapping up the recipe.

Blueberry Sesame.   Amazing how well the blueberry mellows out the traditional dipping sauce!

Blueberry Chutney. Although not Korean,  Indian foods are a trendy item.   Not too hot the way I like it, but Korean visitors like the combination of red hot chili and blueberry.

 

 

 

 


Korea New Blueberry Innovation

Lots of blueberry innovation in the and of the morning calm!

Blueberry jam on the Go!

Single-serving blueberry cheese cake.

Blueberry yogurt puff for baby!

Beautiful yogurt pack at E-MArt!

Real Blueberry Juice

Meal kit for making three blueberry pancakes!

 


Oh Myanmar

It all started almost a year ago in New Orleans, Louisiana.  USHBC exhibited at the Dairy Deli Bakery Exposition which is a gathering of up and coming companies in the food industry.  It was an excellent show, lots of interest in blueberries.  All of a sudden, a group of 15 bakery owners from Myanmar (Formerly Burma) arrive at our booth!  They were in town on a USDA sponsored training visit.   They were excited to see blueberries!  After a nice visit — I mentioned “why don’t you head up to Mississippi and see the real thing.”  After a call to one of the growers in Poplarville, off they went to blueberry heaven!

Now beam ahead to 2019.  We received a note from the USDA office that this same group of bakers were organizing an all day seminar and exposition in Yangon, the capital.  The concept was for the traveling group to share experiences with the local baking industry.  USHBC was invited as VIP guest and Tom and Hana headed off to Myanmar!

I arrived at midnight to this exotic Southeast Asian city.  In the morning, here is the view from my hotel window.  This place is the fastest growing economy on earth according to the World Bank!

Welcome to the Showcase!

In the morning, we had an exposition and bakers and suppliers from throughout Myanmar attended.  Here is Hana hard at work at the booth.

Next we had a chef demonstrate how to make a Myanmar pizza with  blueberries.

Yummy pizza!

A great success.  We re-connected with our Myanmar friends and some are already using frozen and dried blueberries in local products!

Hana gets participation award from Rachel Nelson of the USDA in Myanmar.

Good day from Myanmar!


Expocomer Panama

Bienvenidos!

Bienvenidos to Panama!   USHBC conducted the first trade mission and expositon to the Republic of Panama March 27-30, 2019 in Panama City.  For the past five years, we have met dozens of Panamanian companies at expositions in Miami.  Food companies in the region including baking, confectionery and snacks are seeking Real Blueberries and this year Blueberry FoodTech hopped the short flight to Panama for a look!

Commercial bakeries in the region look to use frozen blueberries in muffins and other items.

Dried blueberries work in the snacking culture.

Purees and puree concentrate is desired for ice creams and sorbets.  Panamanians are crazy for ice cream, especially in the heat of the April Summer where the temperatures soar to 90s and high humidity!

The USHBC Strategic directs  marketing and promotional activities to seek out new high value markets!   While most activities continue in the Asian markets, it is time to look close to home in the Central American market.

Stay tuned.

Adios from Panama!

 


Global Pet Expo

Orlando, Florida – USHBC FoodTech is just back from the GPE!

Ten years ago, you had to look very hard for blueberry-containing products.  In fact many were in the bird feed area.  Today, we see blueberry use in all areas of the multi-billion dollar pet food industry.  The big trend: we are seeing more and more use of pure, powder and higher value ingredients.

Stay tuned for some more GPE excitement!


Saigon Chefs Association

USHBC FoodTech Hana presents concepts at Saigon Chef Association meeting

Ho Chi Minh City – Hana continues to work the booming foodservice channel in Vietnam with cooperation with the local chef association.   Chefs are excited to see frozen blueberries available at last in Vietnam as well as dried and soon fresh!


Food Ingredients China

Food Manufacturers from throughout China attend FIC

China is a huge country of more than 1.3 billion.  How do you reach the food processing companies spread throughout 23 provinces.   Just like back home in the USA food processors attend major trade expositions similar to the Institute of Food Technologists.  Attendees include Research and Development staff from food companies from all over China.  They include local companies as well as multinationals.  What are they looking for?  The answer is — attractive value added ingredients that are formula ready.   Besides frozen, they are looking for dried, liquid and high tech ingredients such as powders, flakes and others.


Korea New Product Developments

USHB  asked our FoodTech Sunyong Lee to seek out new usage areas for blueberries!  He has been busy and here are some developments to date.  Check out these new products introduced in South Korea.  Companies are using items such as blueberry puree concentrate, powder and flakes to launch blueberries into new and exciting categories and products.  Go get ’em Sunyong!