USHBC Food Tech works with food manufacturers to get Real Blueberries into products served in schools. Some utilize frozen and dried blueberries from USDA Foods programs and others purchase blueberries from suppliers and packers. Five years ago, a visit to the School Nutrition Association — we saw a few companies using blueberries here and there. In 2017 at the recent meeting (July 9-12 in Atlanta, Georgia — dozens of new products were featured including Real Blueberry muffins, Real Blueberry granolas and bars and all sorts of beverages, frozen novelties and Real blueberries in a cup.
Manufacturers and school districts alike are optimistic about the use of frozen and dried blueberries in these products as they give districts an easy way to provide the goodness of blueberries to student meals and snacks. USDA visitors surely took note of the popularity of blueberries in the schools.