New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) The US Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) has stated that the import of US blueberries to India has elevated over the previous few years.
In an announcement, the USHBC stated that imports of US blueberries in all types have elevated since 2009, and the council intends to proceed to develop new alternatives for Indian shoppers to benefit from the flavour and distinctive well being advantages of blueberries and blueberry elements.
“Actually, imports of dried blueberries from the US elevated from zero in 2009 to greater than 1,800 metric tons (MT) in 2020, and recent blueberry imports reached 100 MT,” it stated.
It famous that US blueberries not solely have a popularity for constant high quality, but in addition supply many dietary and well being advantages.
They’re low in fats and sodium, have simply 80 energy per cup, and contribute phytonutrients known as polyphenols. Additionally they present key nutritional vitamins and minerals, equivalent to Vitamin C and manganese, which may also help the physique course of ldl cholesterol.
These vitamins are additionally important to combating not simply frequent well being points however serving to enhance immunity, it added.
In 2021, the USHBC expanded its programming in India to advertise blueberries not solely as a recent, wholesome snack, but in addition as a flavourful ingredient with a various vary of utilisations and traits for packaged items and meals service menu gadgets.
“Processed blueberries could be frozen, dried or remodeled into powder, puree and juice, and utilized in a wide range of candy and savory functions,” USHBC’s Vice President of World Enterprise Improvement, Alicia Adler, stated.
“Growing new merchandise with blueberries not solely meets shopper calls for for distinctive flavour and wholesome meals merchandise, but in addition will increase the profitability of the meals manufacturing sector by incorporating value-added elements like blueberries.”
USHBC India Consultant, Raj Kapoor stated: “USHBC is a federal analysis and promotion programme representing blueberry growers, entrepreneurs, exporters and importers within the US, who work collectively to analysis, innovate, and promote blueberries around the globe.”