Homegrown Organic Farms Announces Organic Blueberry Import Program
- by Kayla Webb
PORTERVILLE, CA - Homegrown Organic Farms just ensured that this year’s blueberry lineup will be one for the books. The grower announced it is partnering with Valles del Sur to introduce a new organic blueberry import program to its product portfolio. The import program will extend from October to March and feature organic blueberries that are 100 percent Fair Trade USA Certified.
“Solidifying an import program has been part of our strategic plan for several years and we are excited to partner with Valles del Sur for the 2020/21 blueberry import season,” said Scott Mabs, Chief Executive Officer, Homegrown Organic Farms. “The team in Chile greatly aligns with the mission, vision, and values of Homegrown and operates in a very similar method of business. Together, we are excited to bring their product to the U.S. market and better serve our customers with a more robust organic blueberry program.”
According to a press release, Valles del Sur is one of the premier organic blueberry growers in Chile with over 1,000 acres in production in Chile’s most fertile growing regions, which the company has been tilling since 1991.
Homegrown Organic Farms’ new partnership will provide contra-seasonal program opportunities and complement the grower’s current California and Oregon blueberry production. As a result, the new import program will allow Homegrown to offer a year-round organic blueberry program to its customers.
“This new partnership is going to give us a single source program with unmatched consistency throughout the entire supply chain,” added Stephen Paul, Category Director, Homegrown Organic Farms, before noting that the Chilean fruit will be packed in Kingsburg, California—the company’s flagship facility. At Kingsburg, the blueberries will be inspected prior to shipment to ensure only the freshest fruit is packed. “One outstanding grower and Homegrown’s domestic packing at our Kingsburg facility is a recipe for satisfied customers and consumers.”
Homegrown Organic Farms expects to begin shipping its imported organic blueberries in October.
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