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Fried Speaks During ITC Blueberry Hearing

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Nikki Fried
Florida Agriculture Commissioner

Nikki Fried, Florida Ag Commissioner, testified on Tuesday during a virtual hearing with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) regarding a global safeguard investigation into fresh, chilled or frozen blueberries.

The investigation centers on unfair trade practices regarding blueberry imports from foreign countries, including Mexico.

Nikki Fried

Fried stated that Florida has a $62.3 million blueberry industry but its market share has declined by 38% since 2015. It has resulted in $67 million in potential production.

She added that Mexico’s market share has increased by 2,100% since 2009.