The U.S. Produced Over 750 Million Pounds of Blueberries In 2015

June 30, 2016

The First Commercial Crop of Blueberries Was Harvested and Sold 100 Years Ago This Summer

Mark Villata, Executive Director, Blueberry Council

(Folsom, CA, Thursday, June 30, 2016) – 100 years ago this summer, the first commercial crop of blueberries was harvested and sold. By 2017, global production is projected to surpass 1.5 billion pounds.

–  In the U.S. blueberries are commercially grown in 38 states. Top producing regions are: Washington, Oregon, Georgia, Michigan, California, North Carolina, New Jersey, Florida, and Mississippi

–  It is nearly a billion dollar industry in the U.S.

–  Approximately 10% of the total U.S. highbush crop is exported each year, with fresh exports totaling more than 79 million pounds in 2014, up 60% from 49.3 million pounds in 2005

–  North America produced 750.2 million pounds of blueberries in 2015, and is projecting a crop of at least this size again this year, and 940 million pounds in 2019

– North America is the top producing continent, followed by South America

As more people realize the lifestyle benefits of these little blue dynamos, consumption continues to grow. In the last 5 years, per capita consumption in North America has grown 47%.

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