USHBC participated in the Food Export Trade mission to Mexico City. Meetings with Mexican food companies were arranged as well as a factory visit to Grupo Bimbo bakery plant outside of Mexico City.Meeting with research and development and management created great direct leads to Mexico for frozen and further processed blueberries.
Anuga is the largest food industry gathering in Europe and is a global gathering.
USHBC exhibited and met with food processors from throughout the world. Lots of interest in dried and further processed blueberries as well as frozen for jam and jelly manufacturing in new markets such as Poland, Baltic countries, Central and Eastern Europe and Russia.
Home baking is on the rise in China. USHBC worked with the USDA Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) in Shanghai on a unique online bakery contest to bring serious home bakers and entrepreneurs to use available USA blueberries.
Online Availability: USA dried blueberries are available online on several of the huge home shopping websites. Our mission was to connect the end user and the sellers.
The contest organized through a baking website challenged serious home bakers to use dried blueberries in products and submit online to the organization. The Results! More than 1500 unique recipes were submitted which showed innovation, creativity and lots of blueberry. Online sellers are happy for the surge in business. USA suppliers are happy to see this new channel developing!
Here are some shots from the awards ceremony held in Shanghai on October 18, 2017.
For the Mexico Food Tech Summit, we prepared a blueberry prototype for the audience! A local chef integrated natural blueberry powder into the shell of the popular concha “shell” pastry.
Day one was an instant hit. Day two, the chef integrated powder into the interior of the concha and it was a double success.
We also added dried blueberries and frozen and all were delights! Dozens of wholesale bakers visited and complemented the concept and we provided samples of powder for product development!
Stay tuned! We have a winner blueberry use in Mexico. Viva la concha!
Another year — another major food safety scandal in the region involving blueberries from another origin (Asia). Food processors using blueberries were happy to see the USHBC at the show and lots of enthusiasm and momentum for further use!
USHBC exhibited and participated in the 2017 annual meeting of the global cereal industry.
Members include management, research and development from some of the largest food manufacturing companies in the world — who utilize cereals and grains. This includes breakfast cereals, baking, brewing and all sorts of other categories.
With the rise of blueberry association and utilization in unique cereals and ingredients (flax, quinoa, teff etc), we presented blueberries in tandem with unique fruit flours — in this case breadfruit and banana flour from our friendly US Territory of American Samoa. Attendees were drawn to the booth which was staffed by our own Larry Allen and Alexander and Rowena Jennings of American Samoa. Alex is the chairperson of the American Samoa Legislature Agriculture Committee!
We made dozens of contacts with food processors interested in integration of dried blueberries into all sorts of cereal products and are now following up!
The Mexico Food Tech Summit drew food processing companies from throughout the region. Here are some wonderful companies who stopped by to discuss USA blueberries!
USHBC participated in the largest regional food industry exposition in Latin America — FISA. Even in countries which grow — there are opportunities for processed! Great interest in dried, powders and other further processed ingredients. Frozen too!