Glacé Blueberries!

Glacé  Blueberries — Why not! The nice thing about attending regional IFT meetings is finding unique new blueberry ingredients. Glacé fruit is an ancient food preservation technique. Simply put, fruit is placed in a heated sugar syrup which absorbs moisture and preserves once the moisture gets to a certain level.  (The product is not dehydrated with air or other processes.  The result is the  glacé fruit you see each holiday season in fruit cakes and more!

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:

tpayne@blueberrytech.org

 

 

 

 

 


Sampling Program Drives Colombian Product Innovation

Here is a great new development from our new blueberry-loving market Colombia. As you may remember, from past posts — USHBC began work in Colombia two years ago. Besides our new product contest, we delivered a load of dried blueberry samples for use in product research and development.   One in country distributor worked tirelessly to get samples in the hands of companies and link up with our technical support!   Bravo Colombia! Mucho Gusto!

This mixed nut snack uses lots of dried blueberries. Product research analyzed the compatibility of dried infused blueberries with grains and nuts! It worked and here it is!

More dried blueberries in Colombian-made granolas.

Superfruit mix from Maca. USA blueberries — Colombian made!

 

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!

 


NaturalTech Brazil

This month our Latin America Food Engineer Katia Miura visited the NatualTech Exposition in Sao Paulo. Check out a whole new generation of healthy foods!

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!

 

 

 


Blueberries by the Spoonful

Here is an interesting way to explain ingredients in a baby food.

Heinz Australia launched recently Watties for Baby.

Check out the back of the pouch:

“Wattie’s for Baby Berry Nice Pear Smoothie comprises four tablespoons of pear puree, one tablespoon of blueberries, one tablespoon of Greek style Yoghurt, half a tablespoon of rolled oats and half a teaspoon of strawberry puree.”

 

Note the big jump in blueberry baby foods in Asia.

 


Bluebery Potato Chips from Japan

Japan produces some of the most interesting new food products. 

Here Calbee introduces blueberry and cheese.

The product is described by the company as “a product for women.”  Ultra-low-moisture ingredients such as blueberry flakes and powders work well in chips, crackers and all sorts of snacks.  Plus the blueberry on the pack appeals.


Korea Discovers Blueberry Ingredients

Korean companies continue to innovate with blueberries.  

Here are some recent examples of blueberry powders and flakes utilized in innovative breakfast cereals.

We will exhibit some if these innovative products at the upcoming American Association of Cereal Chemists International (AACCI) meeting in London, October 21-23.

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This product from Mom Knows Best utilizes real blueberry powder in extruded grain pieces. This is the "real deal!"
Now this is interesting! Note the chart where "Mom" classifies food by color!
Fresh blueberries on the package and dehydrated blueberries extruded into the cereal flake.
Check out the chart on the back panel that shows the equivalency of dried to fresh blueberries.

Blueberry Chex with Real Blueberry Powder

Now, that’s what I’m talking about! 

Check out the real blueberry powder in the Chex flake from General Mills.  No artificial flavors or colors here!

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Made with real blueberry powder!

Blueberry Innovation – India!

Check out the latest new product innovation in India — Festaa! 

With the help of our social networking Raj Kapoot — Festaa developed this new blueberry syrup.  Raj helped the company hook up with local suppliers or USA blueberries and here is the result!

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