Blueberry Packing Center Opens in Hawthorne, Fla.


SunnyRidge Farms' Keith Mixon, left, and Island Grove AG Products' Ken Patterson check out the blueberry packing belt in the new distribution center in Hawthorne on Thursday, March 31. Photo courtesy of Eric Brough, The Gainesville Sun.

Blueberry consumption has skyrocketed in recent years as consumers learn of new health discoveries, and farmers are adding more acres in response to the demand.

To help Florida growers cut down on paying for freight and labor to truck their blueberries to be distributed to markets around the world, a 27,000-square-foot blueberry packing and distribution center has been built north of Hawthorne off U.S. 301.

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