Presentation on theme: "An Overview of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council Florida Blueberry Growers Association September 19, 2013 RIDING THE BLUE WAVE."— Presentation transcript:
An Overview of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council Florida Blueberry Growers Association September 19, 2013 RIDING THE BLUE WAVE
World Blueberry Acreage from 1995 to 2012 Increased from 50,000 Acres to Over 231,000 Acres The Blue Wave is Rapidly Approaching
Consumption continues to rise! USDA-ERS calculations revealed an impressive increase in national per capita consumption of blueberries, rising from 0.26 pounds in 2000 to nearly 1.3 pounds per person in 2011. Goal for 2015: 3 pounds per person!
Crop Value Tracks with Promotion of Health Research Source: USDA, ERS, May 2012 USHBC
Health Benefits of Blueberries Go Far Beyond Antioxidant Activity!
Cognitive Function Insulin Sensitivity Cancer Cardiovascular Function Anti-inflammation Obesity Brain Injury Brain Injury Gout Current Areas of Focus in USHBC Health Research Brain Health, Cancer, Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic Syndrome Abdominal obesity (pot belly) High cholesterol/high triglycerides High blood pressure High blood sugar/Insulin resistance Inflammation (High CRP) If you have any 3 of these conditions: Diabetes, Heart Disease, Reduced Cognitive Functioning
1 in 4 Americans has Metabolic Syndrome! Prevalence Increases with Age Ages 18-39: 10% have it Ages 60-79: 40% have it!
How does the USHBC drive demand? Foodservice Promotion
The USHBC export program promotes fresh, processed and further processed blueberries with a focus on: Peoples Republic of China, Tawain, South Korea, Japan, India, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Brazil, and Northern Europe. How does the USHBC drive demand?
USHBC goal: 2015: blueberry exports to 15% of total production 2012: 7% (115.5m pounds) exported How does the USHBC drive demand?
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