Where can these be used. My first guess was of course — fruitcakes. I checked the MINTEL Global New Products Database (GNPD). I found 150 fruit cakes and about half in North America. Almost all include glace cherries. No blueberries to be found. Except for our friends in Trinidad and Tobago who produce a wonderful product with dried blueberries.
To a pastry chef the plump glace blueberry can be used as a cake decorating or topping. This may a bit far out, but glace blueberries could be used in bar drinks as a garnish like maraschino.
So far, I have found two suppliers in North America. If you are interested send blueberry guy a note and I will point you in the right direction:
Check out Diamond Bakery at: https://www.diamondbakery.com/
Gracias! 1. to Manitoba for pioneering new blueberry products! 2. To the USDA-Foreign Agricultural Service for funding our 2019 Quality Samples Program (QSP). If you have ever worked on chocolate or yogurt panning you can attest that it takes a lot of samples, trial and error to get the formula and technique right! 3. To Columbians everywhere who have fallen in love with blueberries — fresh, frozen, dried, and all sorts!
Here is the sourcing map for a large Japanese Trading company called Wismettac. Note that they have global sourcing activity. Several of these companies including Inabata, Vox Trading, Shoei Foods and many others service the food industries large and small.
While working the Japan Bakery Expo last week, I met dozens of bakery and confectionery companies who currently use or want to use blueberries. They need less than full-container loads (40-foot). The trading companies serve a very important role in serving the food industry.
July 25, 2019 was a big day for Hoa Binh, 1. Grand Opening of the first Vinmart Mega Mall in the Region. 2. Arrival of fresh USA blueberries! Promotions continue at stores in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and expanding to cities all over this blueberry-loving country of 96 million! Bring on the blueberries!
Week Two of USA Fresh Blueberry Sampling.
Meet your customer here at the Vinmart in Ho Chi Minh City.
Good news is — fresh blueberries are a huge hit and for second week — this chain is sold out quick. Online sales are brisk.
Other store chains are now interested in promotions!
Here is how it works. USHBC sets up a decorated stand in the produce section of the market. We provide samples and also roam the store to reach more customers for their first taste of fresh blueberries!
Vietnam is a young country with most population in their 20s and below.
Meet our future customers!
Grocery shopping is a weekend family outing. Extremely hot outside and humid. Pop into the air conditioned Vinmart and try some fresh blueberries. Kids love it and of course mom is excited to see beautiful blueberries and buy two and get a “Beautiful Blueberries” beverage container!
Real Blueberries are a hit at the Japan Bakery Expo.
Thanks to the USDA-FAS Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) for arranging!
Here is why bakers attend the show! Near our booth we see the celebrity bakers from Tokyo’s trendiest bakeries. We offer blueberries for the demos!
My favorite is the blueberry pizza!
The expo is a great opportunity to see what is hot in Japanese baking.
This bakery supplier from Okinawa (far south prefecture) uses the blue sweet potato for an enriched flour and blue color! We swapped blueberry powder for ube. Who knows!
Here is our brochure years ago. It contains the basic blueberry items. It was well received and now bakers all over Japan!
340 exhibitors and 40,000 visitors for this three day event!
Brazil, a nation of 200 million has transformed from a beans and beef culture to health conscious. Natural food stores have popped up all over the country and health perceived ingredients such as jungle fruits, berries and natural herbs are integrated into food products.
Here are some interesting items from the expo. These innovative products do not make it onto the MINTEL charts!