Wish Farms Expands Partnership With Leduc Blueberries for 30 Percent Increased Volumes
- by Melissa De Leon
PLANT CITY, FL - Wish Farms announced that it has expanded its relationship with Michigan grower, Leduc Blueberries. The company noted that this expansion marks a projected increase of about 30 percent over last year’s volume from the region.
“This five-year agreement is fantastic because we are now completely aligned,” said Teddy Koukoulis, Wish Farms’ Director of Blueberry Operations. "This deal speaks to our team’s continuing effort to work with exceptional grower-packers that adhere to our rigorous food safety standards, quality guidelines, and core values.”
The Michigan blueberry season kicked off this July and will last through mid-September. Coming off record high temperatures, more moderate temps are expected in the region this summer. According to a company press release, volume is projected to reach 2 million pounds, and Koukoulis is optimistic that number could flourish to 3 million over the next five years.
“We anticipate great blueberry growing weather for the region this season. The Duke, Blue Crop and Elliots varieties all look and taste excellent and fall in line with our company’s simple, yet impactful mission statement: To Provide the Best Tasting Berries,” said Koukoulis.
The Leduc family has been growing blueberries in Paw Paw, Michigan, since 1955. What once was a 20-acre farm grew into a 400-acre operation. Their son, Joe, is now the owner-operator.
“We are excited to market 100 percent of our crop with Wish Farms,” said Leduc. “The fact that they are also a family-operated business is just icing on the cake for us. This is a great opportunity to continue growing together, hopefully for years to come.”
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