Strong Shipping Year Seen for Blueberries in the U.S.

Strong Shipping Year Seen for Blueberries in the U.S.

Domestic blueberry shipments got underway in mid-April from Georgia and should wind down in the Northwest in late summer or early fall.

North Carolina blueberry loadings started in early May and California is just now entering its peak shipping period.

New Jersey blueberry shipments will be launched in mid-June, followed soon thereafter by Indiana and Oregon. Dry weather during the growing season may adversely affect Oregon blueberry volume.

Washington State enters the picture in late June with shipments continuing until early to mid-September.

Naturipe Berry Growers of Salinas, CA ships blueberries year-round and was loading in good volume from Delano and Bakersfield in early May.
Although cool weather held up the start of the crop, volume was picking up in April as conditions improved.

California Giant Berry Farms of Watsonville has competed its shipments of Georgia blueberries and has switched to California, with volume expected to be normal.

J&B Blueberry Farms Inc. of Manor, GA will be shipping blueberries until early July.

New Jersey blueberry shipments should start in mid June, continuing into mid August.

Michigan will wrap up the domestic season with loadings underway about July 1st and continuing into September.