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Naturipe’s import blueberries peak is early and strong this season

Salinas, CA – September 30, 2021 – Naturipe, BB #:169332 a global leader of fresh berries, is excited to share that its import blueberries from Peru are peaking early this season and in impressive volumes.

With the first arrival of import berries being ahead of schedule and a berry-strong crop, Naturipe is excited about the rest of the season!

Peru blueberries are peaking three weeks earlier than usual or expected this year. The early arrival hasn’t compromised volume or quality with more than a 20% increase in volume from last year. This season’s early fruit has the common larger size and firm quality expected in a Peruvian blueberry from Naturipe.

“We are grateful for an early and abundant crop this season in Peru,” says Brian Bocock, Vice President of Product Management at Naturipe. “The import berries we’re seeing are as fresh, firm, and flavorful as always. With the strong numbers we are producing we are more than able to fulfill the high demand we expect,” said Bocock.

Naturipe expects to see the high consumer demand for all fresh berries to continue as a result of the immense health benefits berries provide.

“Berries are full of antioxidants, including Vitamin C and have anti-inflammatory compounds” explains Lori Taylor of The Produce Moms. “They are a superfood for brain and gut health and can even improve your mood!”

Starting October 10th Naturipe has ample volumes of the berries to promote. Due to high demand, Naturipe is supplying larger packs than the traditional pints, including 18oz and 2lb clamshells.

Because of Naturipe’s Globally Local program, it has family growers all over the U.S. and around the world that provide the best strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries wherever they are in season. This enables Naturipe to offer high-quality berries to consumers all year round.

Blueberries are versatile and can be incorporated into breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Eat them as a side, bake them into breads or pies, or eat them on their own as a snack. For a delicious treat on chilly, fall mornings try out the Naturipe kitchen’s all-time-favorite breakfast, Blueberry Breakfast Bake. Follow the recipe below, and you won’t regret it:

Ingredients
• 1 loaf (14 ounces) egg challah or other white bread
• 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
• 8 eggs, beaten
• 1 ½ cups milk
• ¼ cup maple syrup
• ¼ cup melted butter
• 2 cups Naturipe® Blueberries

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Remove crusts from bread and cut in 1-inch cubes (makes about 10 cubes).
3. Cut cream cheese into small cubes (makes about 1 cup).
4. Grease baking dish and place half of the bread cubes in the dish.
5. Scatter cream cheese cubes and 1 cup of blueberries over the bread.
6. Top with remaining bread cubes and blueberries.
7. In a bowl, combine eggs, milk, maple syrup, and butter.
8. Carefully pour over bread mixture.
9. Bake for 60 minutes and serve with additional maple syrup, if desired.

Make sure to follow Naturipe on social media for more berry-good blueberry recipes all year long. You can find us on Twitter and Instagram.

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About Naturipe:
Naturipe is a farmer-owned producer and marketer of nutritious, best tasting, premium berries and avocados that has been an industry leader for more than 100 years producing healthy, deliciously fresh, frozen, and value-added products. Because our diverse grower base shares resources, skills, labor, and knowledge, we are better farmers and, in turn, strengthen the local farm community. Our focus on innovation ensures year-round availability of locally grown and Globally LocalTM conventional and organic fruit.