The Importance of Blueberry Quality Control & Testing
There are more than 50 types of blueberries in the world, five of which are grown in the US. The most common type is northern highbush but you can also find lowbush, southern highbush, rabbiteye, and half-high blueberries. Blueberries are related to cranberries, and these are actually the only two fruits commercially produced in North America. However, as time moves on, exporters from countries such as Mexico, Peru and Morocco are starting to gain traction in the blueberry market, and the competition is getting stiff for providing the best quality control over the blueberry market.
For today’s stakeholders in the blueberry industry, what’s the smartest route to taking control over a sizable chunk of this superfood’s potential? It’s all about streamlining quality control, including reducing waste, ensuring consistency across the blueberry crops, and eliminating the costly price negotiations. Quality assumed from the field needs to match expectations from wholesalers, retailers, and end users.
For a soft fruit like blueberries, every stage of the supply chain matters, from harvesting conditions, handling and storage, to transport, packaging and temperature control.
Common Blueberry Defects
The following defects are the ones that are most likely to affect blueberry quality across the supply chain:
Common Attributes for Blueberry Quality Evaluation
The following internal and external blueberry attributes are commonly used for quality evaluation: