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Early start to BC blueberry season


May 15, 2015
By Press release

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May 15, 2015, Vancouver, BC – After experiencing an unseasonably warm and sunny winter, the 2015 British Columbia blueberry season is expected to start as early as June 20 – the earliest start in recent memory.

According to the British Columbia Blueberry Council, the province’s 800 blueberry growers are also anticipating an ample supply of good quality blueberries for the 2015 season. The 2014 season saw yields near 68 million kilograms (152 million pounds).

“Thanks to warm days and good pollination weather, we are confident we will enjoy a solid volume of high-quality blueberries though the season,” said Debbie Etsell, executive director of the B.C. Blueberry Council. “We are not anticipating any compression this season, which translates into a steady supply of blueberries for everyone to enjoy berries throughout the season.”

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As seen in recent years, an increase in available product has allowed the B.C. Blueberry Council to continue to expand its marketing efforts overseas, creating new demand for exports from the province. Earlier this year, the council attended the GulFood trade expo in Dubai, and will also attend other international trade shows in 2015: Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong and Anuga in Germany.

Movement is also being made toward gaining fresh market access to the Korean market, with Korean inspectors arriving in Vancouver early July.