martes, abril 29, 2008

Bush promueve entrada de arándanos de Guatemala

En la reciente visita del presidente de Guatemala a EE.UU., Bush promovió la entrada de arándanos en contra estación de este país al mercado norteamericano. Aquí parte de su discurso

PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. President, thank you for coming. We've had a good discussion about a variety of issues. We discussed bilateral relations between Guatemala and the United States, which are very strong. We are friends. We treat each other with respect. Our objective with U.S. foreign policy is to have a neighborhood that is peaceful and prosperous, where social justice is important; want to achieve social justice through good health policy, good education policy, good judicial policy. We talked about how CAFTA is working. Exports to the United States have increased; exports from the United States have increased. And that's good. We talked about security and the need for the region -- Mexico, the United States and the countries of Central America -- to fight drug trafficking. I told the President that we are working hard to reduce demand for drugs here in America. And at the same time, we want to work in conjunction with strong leaders to make sure these drug traffickers don't get a stronghold. And that's why it's very important for Congress to fund the Merida project.
And by the way, we talked about blueberries, and -- so that blueberries are able to come off-season here to the United States, which is a positive development for Guatemalan farmers.
And finally, of course, the President brought up the issue of immigration. And he wanted to urge me to think about TPS -- TPS for citizens, as well as comprehensive immigration reform. I assured him that I will consider his request, and I assured him that I believe comprehensive immigration reform is in our nations' best interests.
And so we've had a good discussion, and right after this press availability, I'll be taking he and the First Lady to lunch. And I'm looking forward to serving them lunch, and I bet you're looking forward to eating lunch. Thanks for coming.
PRESIDENT COLOM: (As translated.) I want to thank President Bush for his hospitality. We've spent a couple of days working here, and we are very happy to hold this meeting, in which we have discussed strengthening our relationship -- an already a strong relationship, in fact.
We discussed, as the President mentioned, the fight against drug trafficking. We are doing everything necessary to eliminate drug trafficking and drug traffickers from our territory. We discussed the issue of social investment. We have received support from USAID. We, our two countries, have common aims in this regard.
We want to express our appreciation for the support that we have received from the United States to combat drug trafficking. Recently we received four helicopters; this has been extremely helpful to us. And so we are very happy to be here and very happy to be moving forward. Thank you.
PRESIDENT BUSH: Gracias, señor. Thank you all.

Fuente White House website

martes, abril 22, 2008

Promocion conjunta en Wimbledon de Giant Berries y Canal de Tenis

En se lanzó el primer esfuerzo de cobranding para que a través del canal de televisión de tenis se informe las propiedades de frutillas y berries. A partir de Mayo mas de 2,5 millones de clamshells se distribuirán en el mercado americano con la posibilidad de ganar un viaje a Wimbledon para todos los consumidores. El esfuerzo de marketing es una iniciativa de California Giant Berry Farms y Tennis Channel de EE.UU.
Co-Branded “The Sweetest Match” Partnership Uses Historic Tennis Tournament’s Strawberries and Cream TraditionTennis Channel teams with California Giant Berry Farms to promote network's inaugural Wimbledon coverage California Giant Berry Farms and Tennis Channel have developed a national co-branding effort that will coincide with the television network’s first-time coverage of Wimbledon, one of the most prestigious – if not the most prestigious – tournaments in the sport. The partnership, named “The Sweetest Match” includes a national retail campaign, multimedia outreach and sweepstakes offering a chance to win a trip to Wimbledon 2009. The promotion opens May 9 and runs through the conclusion of this year’s competition, set for June 23-July 6. Playing off Wimbledon’s traditional strawberries-and-cream answer to a baseball game’s peanuts and Cracker Jack, California Giant Berry Farms will place co-branded Tennis Channel messaging on 20 million clamshells of strawberries during the promotion. The messaging, which promotes the network’s coverage of the London tournament and its accompanying sweepstakes under the tag line “The Sweetest Match,” will also appear on in-store header cards and in retail trade media advertisements.California Giant Berry Farms is the exclusive strawberry company sponsoring the history behind the legendary strawberries and cream connection to Wimbledon on all Tennis Channel communication and with U.S. retail distribution of product with customized packaging, POS and advertising. Ultimately, the winner of this match-up is the consumer entering the national sweepstakes.“This partnership with California Giant Berry Farms takes advantage of a unique circumstance that brings both of our worlds together each summer,” said Robyn Miller, senior vice president, marketing, Tennis Channel. “More than Wimbledon and the strawberries and cream associated with the tournament though, both brands reach health-conscious consumers and benefit from a cross-promotion that’s clever and fun.”All told, 2.5 million clamshells per week will reach retail stores around the United States, including national and regional chains. Tennis Channel will produce short-form program pieces that detail Wimbledon’s iconic strawberries tradition and history, in addition to the overall health benefits of the fruit. The promotion’s website,, will offer healthy strawberry recipes to visitors. “The combination of California Giant and Tennis Channel is a natural since both companies are focused on communicating and promoting health and fitness,” said Bill Moncovich, President/CEO, California Giant. “As women 35-54 with an active lifestyle are part of Tennis Channel’s audience, this partnership also aligns with our shoppers who focus on eating healthy foods like strawberries and promoting a healthy and fit lifestyle for the whole family.”Both California Giant Berry Farms and Tennis Channel will hold special strawberries and cream tastings in relevant cable-affiliate markets leading up to and during Wimbledon.Contest details, including entry form, rules and recipes can be found at The grand prize winner will receive two tickets to the 2009 edition of Wimbledon, airfare and accommodations. In keeping with the health-oriented aspects of the promotional partnership, the contest’s three runners up will receive Bowflex home gym equipment.“The Sweetest Match” promotion continues the network’s tradition of partnering with like brands to promote Tennis Channel’s tournament programming. Previous partnerships include McWilliam’s Wines, Chamarre Wines and Starwood Hotels and Resorts.This year will mark Tennis Channel’s first telecast of Wimbledon, and the network will offer well in excess of 100 hours of tournament-dedicated programming in the weeks leading up to and during the two-week event. Beyond access to the tournament’s vast library of classic matches and other historic video, the network will bring viewers nightly coverage through a four-hour prime-time program that will immerse audiences in the unparalleled Wimbledon experience.California Giant ( California Giant Berry Farms grows and ships over 15 million trays of berries annually. From its nurseries to state-of-the-art cooling facilities, the family-owned company controls every aspect of its’ strawberry production to ensure superior quality and supply to its customers. Based in Watsonville, California, California Giant produces strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. The company’s operation encompasses all aspects of growing, handling and shipping of fresh berries. The management and employees know the future depends on the actions of today and places concerns for the environment, food safety, excellent quality and service at the core of their business.Tennis Channel ( is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and passionate lifestyle of tennis. A hybrid of comprehensive sports, health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and travel programming, the network is home to every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community. It also has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television, with telecast rights to Wimbledon, Roland Garros (the French Open), the Australian Open, US Open Series, ATP Masters Series, top-tier Sony Ericsson WTA Tour championship competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup.

Comienza la cosecha de arándanos en Florida con precios firmes

Comenzó la cosecha en el estado de Florida (EE.UU.) la semana pasado con atraso, con problemas de recoleción por lluvias, pero con precios muy firmes según esta nota de Andy Nelson

Despite a cold, rainy start to the season, marketers of Florida blueberries expect excellent quality and abundant supplies. And with a smooth transition from Chile to Florida, steady markets are predicted until the deal moves north to Georgia and the Carolinas in May.Dave’s Specialty Imports Inc., Miami, shipped its last Chilean product April 11, the same day it began moving berries grown in the Gainesville, Fla., region, said Dave Bowe, president.“It was wonderful,” Bowe said of the timing. “And the quality I’ve seen to date has been absolutely beautiful — very large and sweet blueberries.”
On April 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported prices of $24-24.50 for flats of 12 4.4-ounce cups with lids, up from $22-24 last year at the same time.Watsonville, Calif.-based California Giant Inc. began shipping from Florida March 17, with volume shipments expected through the first or second week of May, said Anthony Gallino, vice president of sales.Sizing should begin to come down about the end of April, he said. Gallino agreed with Bowe that sizing was large early in the deal.As of April 15, Watsonville, Calif.-based Driscoll Strawberry Associates Inc.’s Florida blueberry crop was about 25% picked, with cold weather slowing shipments down by a day or two, said Richard Fiorelli, East Coast production manager.
Driscoll’s should see its heaviest Florida volumes near the end of April, with production ending sometime in May, depending on market conditions, Fiorelli predicts.Plant City, Fla.-area production had begun to peak by mid-April, with volume shipments expected to last into early May before tailing off, Bowe said.More acres of blueberries were planted in Florida this year, and production is expected to be up, Bowe said.Gainesville was expected to hit volume in the last week of April and peak through mid-May before harvest moves north out of Florida, he said.Cal Giant also had begun marketing some California-grown blueberries from the Santa Maria and Oxnard regions about April 1, Gallino said.“With the cost of freight these days, it makes it easier to have fruit on both coasts,” he said.
Harvest in Florida was delayed slightly because of temperatures that dipped into the 30s as late as April, Bowe said. On top of that, the state had more rain in early April than Bowe has ever seen. Still, quality was not expected to be affected, he said.Five inches of rain the week of April 7 on land farmed by Cal Giant’s blueberry growers softened some fruit, but did not seriously affect overall quality or volumes, Gallino said.
Fuente Andy Nelson

Con la devaluación del dólar ASOEX ve comprometidas las exportaciones de fruta chilena

En esta nota publicada en EE.UU. Ronald Brown presidente de ASOEX Chile expresa su preocupación para las exportaciones de fruta chilena si continúa la depreciación del dólar contra la moneda chilena

There are bad perspectives for the Chilean agricultural exports in a recent report by the Chilean-based newspaper Diario Financiero. The president of the Association of Exporters (ASOEX) Ronald Bown declared: "The current situation is worse than in 2007. There is no perspective to think that we will improve in this campaign". The main causes of this negative projections are the devaluation of the dollar with respect to the Chilean peso and the delay of harvesting in some of the products.According to Mr. Bown losses for this year reached already 300 million dollars in FOB value of Chilean exports. "If there are sub-sectors in the fruit sector with positive results at the end of the campaign they will be the least".
The most affected sectors are table grapes, were there is an estimated of losses of 7,000 dollars per harvested hectare. But to the exporting level, losses will be even higher. According to Luis Schmidt, president at the Sociedad Nacional de Agricultura, this would be the worse in the last 18 years. "The product which was a star (table grapes) in the last campaigns because of the good prices, nowadays is not so profitable" declared Mr. Schmidt.Table grapes are not the only product with problems. The Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies estimates a general decrease in volume and value for all the set of fruits in the first 2 months of 2008. "All products with high intensity of working force are suffering as the table grapes" declares Mr. Bown.
Strawberries are also falling, last year shippings reached 764 tons in the first two months. This year, they reached only 29 tons. Avocados reached 38,426 tons in 2007 and this year they are only 25.229 tons.Few products could have a positive scenario. "We expect positive results with kiwis and apples, but we are clear that the general result of the campaign will depend on the table grapes" declared Mr. Bown.There are some decisions that growers have to take. For example, some of them could no harvest during the next months.

Gourmet Trading adquiere gran plantación de arándanos en California

La empresa Gourmet Trading que crece en Argentina con su comercialización de arándanos, nos informa de la adquisición de una de las mas grande plantaciones de blueberries en California. La empresa que contrató a Luciano Fyzman como operador en Argentina es además de comercializadora, una de las mas grandes productoras de berries en Nueva Zelanda.

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Gourmet Trading Company brand Blueberries and SuperBlues available late April of 2008Gourmet Trading Company purchases one of the largest blueberry operations/farms in CaliforniaGourmet Trading Company, based in Los Angeles, California announces they have purchased one of California’s largest Blueberry operations, including substantial plantings and packing capacity. This purchase moves Gourmet Trading Company closer to being one of the largest growers, packers, and shippers of fresh Blueberries in California.Chris Martin, President and CEO of Gourmet Trading Company stated, “We see this California blueberry operation acquisition as key to our on-going growth in the Blueberry market.

Gourmet Blueberry California, being planted with superior varieties, will not only yield the best tasting Blueberries available but will also yield a constant supply of the larger sized Blueberries for our SuperBlues programs.”Gourmet Trading Company and Gourmet Blueberry California will ensure that the highest quality, food safety, and traceability standards are upheld. Scott Hulsey, Berry Procurement Manager stated, “The packing operation has the most advanced equipment on the market with soft sorting, color sorting, and traceability to each clamshell.”Brian Miller, Sales Manager at Gourmet Trading Company went on to say “We are excited about the promotable volumes this year, as well as the new pack styles that will give both retail and food service customers different options and exactly what they need.”
Julia Inestroza, Marketing and Merchandising Manager for Gourmet Trading Company stated, “The California Blueberries and SuperBlues are a great addition to our existing global family of products. Their great taste will make them a consumer favorite both in the retail and food service arenas, and the promotions we’re offering will help add value to everyone in the supply chain. Our labels, which incorporate the “CA GROWN” logo, are sure to generate excitement at the store level and help drive sales.”Gourmet Trading Company Blueberries will be available the end of April through early July. For more information about Gourmet Trading Company and photos of the farm and the new labels, please visit
Gourmet Trading Company, headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, was founded in 1982. Their control over the supply chain of fresh asparagus and berries enables them to offer superior service to their customers and growers all over the world. Strong grower relationships globally, a state of the art packing facility in Pasco, Washington, implementation of their own traceability system, management of their own farms in Peru and California, in-house warehousing through Gourmet Logistics, and continual investment in their business enables them to provide high quality asparagus and berries all year round. To provide the best service for customers and communication with suppliers, Gourmet Trading Company has additional offices in Miami, Florida, Pasco, Washington, El Centro, California, Bakersfield, California, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Auckland, New Zealand; Lima, Peru; Tokyo, Japan; and Caborca, Mexico.

Vital Berry se diversifica estrategicamente

En esta interesante nota a Felipe Juillerat, Sales Manager de Vital Berry Marketing S.A., accionista de Tecnovital en Argentina, se explica la estrategia de diversificación de mercados que está emprendiendo la empresa frente al techo alcanzado en algunos mercados que consideran maduros para sus productos
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Fuente FreshPlaza

Tucumán. Faltaría mano de obra para cosecha

El equipo técnico del área hortícola de La EEA INTA Famaillá, en base a sus observaciones, estimó una posible disminución en la disponibilidad de mano de obra en las tareas agrícolas para el sector frutihortícola, durante este año, al crecer las superficies sembradas con frutilla y arándanos, entre otras.

La expansión de la superficie, el buen manejo tecnológico y las favorables condiciones climáticas hacen prever un incremento en la producción de varios cultivos (frutilla, arándano, tomate, pimiento, limón), que representan una importante fracción del valor de la producción tucumana. Uno de los aspectos que preocupa profundamente al sector es la disponibilidad de mano de obra en tiempo y forma, para la campaña 2008.
El equipo técnico del área hortícola de extensión del INTA identificó esta problemática en terreno, a partir de la consulta realizada a productores con los que trabaja de manera asociada, a través de sus programas de intervención. Los técnicos sostienen que durante 2007 se detectaron problemas en la oferta de mano de obra calificada y no calificada para las diferentes tareas propias de la actividad, especialmente entre julio y noviembre.
A esto se suma la problemática de que en este periodo se produce una superposición de demandas, al darse las épocas pico de producción de diferentes cultivos. En esta etapa del año confluyen actividades intensivas en mano de obra para la producción de frutilla y hortalizas bajo cubierta, citrus y arándanos, este último de gran expansión en los últimos años. Arándanos: las observaciones en la zona indican que en el caso de este berrie, por ejemplo, para este año, se estima una demanda de aproximadamente el doble de mano de obra que en 2007. Esto se debe fundamentalmente al incremento de los rendimientos y al aumento de la superficie con este cultivo. Frutilla: en el caso de la frutilla, las nuevas hectáreas en proceso de implantación van ganando terreno hacia el sur de la provincia (Famaillá, Monteros y Concepción), lo que implicará un incremento en la demanda de mano de obra, tanto para el campo como para los empaques.
En el transcurso de 2007 surgieron intentos de organizar a los trabajadores con mayor conocimiento en estos procesos productivos, por iniciativa de la empresas. Aún así, los productores tuvieron problemas para cubrir la demanda durante septiembre, octubre y noviembre. Estos hechos, sumados al sobreprecio que algunos empresarios podrían pagar (como lo hicieron en la campaña pasada) para atraer la mano de obra y poder cumplir con sus ciclos productivos, dan sustento a un pronóstico de amenaza a la necesaria disponibilidad de este insumo para los productores del sector.

domingo, abril 13, 2008

Bush y Putin compartieron su reunión cumbre comiendo salsa de frambuesas y arándanos

Putin quiso hacer inolvidable su despedida con Bush. El sábado, en la residencia Bocharov Ruchéi, le ofreció a él y a su esposa Laura una suculenta cena, amenizada por un grupo de coros y danzas. Lo que más le impresionó a Bush fueron los cosacos y sus acrobáticos pasos de baile. Intentó emularlos y algo debió de salir mal, porque ayer dijo aliviado: «Menos mal que no estaba la prensa». El presidente ruso replicó: «Al contrario, es una pena que se lo hayan perdido. Eres un excelente bailarín». «Dejémoslo», respondió Bush.

La cena consistió en venado con setas en salsa de frambuesas, tortitas con caviar rojo y trucha, filete de ternera con patatas al horno y salsa de arándanos, empanadillas rellenas de salmón y cangrejo. Y de postre, pastel de frutas del bosque con helado.Aunque la portavoz de la Casa Blanca, Dana Perino, declaró que la reunión fue «cálida, relajada y agradable», Serguéi Lavrov y Condoleezza Rice estuvieron hasta el final consensuando la declaración.

Fuente ABC

Aumentan los precios de los alimentos en dólares en EEUU

Cómo repercutirá la crisis financiera de EEUU en el consumo de arándanos? pregunta que muchos nos hacen y es difícil contestar. Lo único que sigue aumentando hasta ahora para los productores son sus insumos. Sobretodo fertilizantes (hasta 60% anual en algunos casos) y mano de obra de cosecha.

Todos los alimentos aumentaron en el mundo por razones de demanda, por un dólar débil y una oferta ajustada que cada vez es mas escasa y protegida por los distintos países productores. El agflation ya está en boca de todos los economistas como una tendencia para los próximos tres años. Que pasará con el arándano? Disminuiría la demanda norteamericana? Aumentarían los precios en dólares? Para la Unión Europea seguramente será mas barato comprar arándanos este año por la apreciación de su moneda y creemos que es un buen momento para aumentar la penetración en los nuevos mercados europeos.

Pero el gran mercado para colocar volumen seguirá siendo este año EE.UU. El aumento de los alimentos en EE.UU. fue de 4,5% en promedio en 2007, el mas alto de las últimas dos décadas. Los primeros meses de 2008 siguen la misma tendencia-


jueves, abril 10, 2008

Curso de control antiheladas y fertirrigacion en Buenos Aires

Los próximos jueves 24 y viernes 25 de abril se realizará el Curso de Actualización en Riego, Antiheladas y Fertirriego para Arándanos en la Fundación Gutenberg -Av. Belgrano 4299, ciudad de Buenos Aires- organizado por la Cámara de Productores de Arándanos y Otros Berries (CAPAB) y el Grupo Agroalternativo. Se pretende actualizar conocimientos teóricos y técnicos sobre manejo de sistemas de riego y antiheladas en arándanos, abordar experiencias prácticas en la corrección de la nutrición y fertilización del arándano, e interpretar ejemplos de análisis provistos por los productores para discutir problemáticas reales y posibles soluciones.Ver temario completo, costos y formas de pago

miércoles, abril 02, 2008

Polinización en arándanos

Como podemos ir viendo a través de la encuesta que está realizando LATINBERRIES, problemas de polinización fueron para muchos la causa de disminución en la producción de berries durante el año 2007. Parece que en algunos lugares de Florida ha pasado lo mismo. A pedido de los lectores agregamos aquí una nota interesante de la Universidad de Florida y de Alabama para que la próxima campaña no encuentre a los productores desprevenidos.
Last year was not a good season for blueberry pollination in Florida.Although all the evidence is not in yet, many are saying that a big problemwas lack of bee pollination. Growers renting honey bee colonies did not getthe fruit set they wished and are asking why. J.H. Cane and J.A. Paynerecently published some information through the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station which gives a good beginning in estimating how real this problem may be and suggesting a solution.
It seems that blueberry flowers are so constructed that pollen is held internally in the anther and can only exit through the small pores at the tip. The pollen pours out when the anthers are vibrated by buzzing bees. Most native beespecies "buzz-pollinate" blueberries when foraging for nectar.Unfortunately, both the honey bee and the carpenter bee do not. If that isn't enough, it seems that carpenter bees get blueberry nectar by making as lit in the corolla, further by passing the flower's sexual parts. These holes then attract honey bees and so both species become even less efficient in pollinating the blooms!
Most native bumblebees are excellent pollinators of rabbiteye blueberries;however, the southeastern blueberry bee, Habropoda laboriosa, is the most effective according to the authors. These resemble small bumblebees. They will not use the robbery holes and buzz-pollinate flowers. They also forage from early morning to sunset and are not drawn to flowers which compete with blueberries for pollinating attention. In spite of its effectiveness,however, Habropoda is not a colonial insect and, therefore, does not producecolonies of numerous individuals needed to pollinate large stands of blueberries.
The solitary females dig tunnels in the soil to lay their eggs and there is only one generation per year. Bumblebees are also majorpollinators of blueberries, but their numbers are usually very low early inspring during the bloom. The technology does not exist to produce eitherbumblebees or southeastern blueberry bees in enough abundance to take careof the pollination requirements of large acreages.All this adds up to a complex of problems that might occur in rabbiteyeblueberry pollination. Growers with small acreages have the best opportunity to get their plants pollinated because fewer individual bees are needed andthese can come from the wild pollinating population.
However, as field size increases, the sheer number of flowers overwhelms the ability of native pollinators. Because there is no way to culture these native populations,pollination becomes a hit or miss affair based on the ebb and flow of natural conditions. In some years, the bees are numerous, in others few can be seen. An additional factor is the presence or absence of carpenter bees which either increase or decrease the number of slit corrolas present each season. Fortunately, the carpenter bee, like the southeastern blueberry bee,is solitary and very large populations are exceptional.

This brings us to the role of honey bees in pollinating blueberries.Although the individual insects are not as efficient as wild native bees,each colony can be induced to put out a huge number of foragers. If thereare no competing plants, if the blueberry flowers are attractive by providing enough nectar and if carpenter bee slits are minimized, there will be so many bees out there that pollination must occur in spite of the inefficiencies mentioned above. Thus, the same recommendation is made for other crops which are difficult to get pollinated: "bring in more colonies of honey bees." Unfortunately, the question concerning how many colonies is enough varies each year depending on the number of native bees, both beneficial (bumblebees) and inefficient (carpenter bees), that will be in the field.These pollination problems represent a classic case where plant and honeybee breeding might help. Plant breeders could begin to select blueberry varieties that are attractive to honey bees or do not require buzz pollination.

Bee breeders could explore the possibility of developing apopulation that would buzz pollinate and prefer blueberries. There isprecedent for both these approaches. Recently, it has been found at the ARS Carl B. Hayden Bee Laboratory that there is enough variability in onion and bee populations to select for increased onion pollination. In the past, oneof the major achievements in bee breeding was development of a stock of beesthat preferred to collect alfalfa pollen.

Se redujeron las exportaciones de arándanos de Chile un 72% durante 2007

Nos llegó a LATINBERRIES la noticia de que en Chile se redujeron significativamente las exportaciones de arándanos durante 2007. A pesar de que la nota de El Mercurio lo atribuye a una razón puramente estadística o de atraso de semanas por trámites burocráticos, el porcentaje nos parece demasiado alto y esperamos que nuestros lectores amigos nos den su opinión al respecto.
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Un importante descenso registraron las exportaciones de arándanos y carne de pollo en 2007, a pesar del crecimiento anual del 19% de las exportaciones del sector agropecuario, de acuerdo con el Banco Central de Chile.

Los US$ 36 millones embarcados de arándanos fueron 72,8% menores que en 2006. El presidente de Fedefruta Rodrigo Echeverría, dice que la baja se debió al atraso en casi dos semanas de la cosecha de diciembre por problemas meteorológicos. Roberto Boop, jefe de operaciones de Vitafrood, que exporta arándanos, menciona otra causa: la demora del Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero (SAG) para extender sus certificados de exportación.

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Arándanos previenen la oesteoporosis en mujeres después de menopausia

Este estudio de la Universidad de Florida reportado por el PHd David Liu en Food Consumer ha encontrado que el arándanos previene la oesteoporosis en mujeres después de menopausia.Una cualidad mas de este noble fruto. A continuación la nota con los resultados de este descubrimiento realizado en ratas hembras.

A new study published in a recent issue of the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry suggests that eating blueberries may help prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.Latha Devareddy from Florida State University and Okalahoma State University and colleagues found rats with the ovaries removed and prone to bone loss had low decline in bone mineral density if treated with blueberries.In the study, the researchers treated 30 female rats differently.
One group of rats were not ovariectomized nor received blueberries as control, one group was ovariectomized and treated with blueberries at the dose of five percent in their diet for 100 days and the third group ovariectomized, but treated with no blueberries.The ovaries were removed to make the rats more vulnerable to senile osteoporosis, a bone-wasting condition that affects the elderly due to hormone deficiency and chronic inflammation.The rats with their ovaries removed, but not receiving blueberries had their bone mineral density decreased by about six percent at the whole-body, tibial, femoral and 4th lumbar level.
In contrast, rats with their ovaries removed, but fed with blueberries showed less loss of whole-body BMD and increased retention of the BMD at the tibial and femoral position compared to the control and ovariectomized rats without receiving blueberries.

Fuente Foodconsumer