U.S. frozen fruit imports grew to 523.4 million-lbs. in 2014, representing a 13% increase, according to the most recent U.S. Trade reports ending Dec. 31. Value also soared by 20% in a year-to-year comparsion, totaling $455.4 million. The growth was fueled by a burgeoning frozen strawberry market: imports of frozen strawberries, less than 1.2L, rose 26% to $16.7 million in value despite a 3% decrease in volume during the time frame. Imports of frozen strawberries, more than 1.2L, less than 25% sugar, rose 19% in value and 7% in volume. Imports of frozen strawberries, more than 1.2L, NESOI, increased 20% in volume and 23% in value during the time frame.
In addition, imports of frozen bananas and plantains saw significant growth during the Jan.1-Dec. 31 time frame, up 30% in volume to 41.4 million-lbs. and 33% in value to $19.9 million. Imports specifically from Costa Rica closely mirrored this trend, with a 30% increase in volume and a 34% increase in value during the time frame.
Other frozen berry imports did not fare as well as strawberries regarding value, as cranberries dropped 24% and cultivated blueberries dropped 7%.
[Editor's note: OFW Law Principal Attorney Michael J. O'Flaherty provided this blog piece regarding the need for federal oversight regarding the ongoing trend of class action lawsuits filed against food companies regarding product labeling.]read more
Chris focuses on fresh, canned and frozen fruit and fresh and dried vegetables for the Food Institute Report. In addition, he assists in compiling data for various Food Institute publications throughout the year. He is a proud Rutgers University alumnus with a degree in English, and has a background in web writing for a variety of industries, including legal, foodservice and small-to-medium sized businesses. In his downtime you can find him watching New York Yankees baseball, hiking, enjoying live music and spending time with his dog Kaiden. He invites you to contact him via email at email@example.com to talk about anything food-related.
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