Monday, July 22, 2024

Industry collaboration to give berries a boost

Berry growers across the country have joined forces to encourage Australians to put more berries in their baskets.

Delivered through Hort Innovation and led by Berries Australia, the collaboration will see blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries all promoted under a ‘berry basket’ banner.

Hort Innovation CEO Brett Fifield says the aim is to promote buying all berries individually, and together.

“Aussies love berries, and this campaign celebrates that while helping local growers raise the profile of their produce,” he says.

“Research shows that consumers who purchase all four berries make up almost 50% of the total category spend, and that a whole-of-category approach lifts sales across all berry types.

“This new collaboration not only leverages these insights but also gives berry growers more bang-for-their-buck when it comes to their investment in promoting their delicious produce.”

The collaboration will use social media and influencers to highlight the standout features of berries including key health benefits (antioxidant richness and nutritional density). A 30-second commercial will showcase the taste appeal to make Australian berries a “highly sought-after choice, that find their way into more trolleys, more often”.

Berries Australia Executive Director Rachel Mackenzie says the berry categories working together makes sense for the industry and has been shown to work overseas.

“Bringing all four berry categories into a cohesive campaign will allow us to talk to the Australian consumer throughout the year, with the right berry, at the right time for our growers,” she says.

“This approach holds great appeal for berry levy payers, as many of them grow more than one type of berry and single berry marketing runs the risk of cannibalising other berry sales.

“In addition, the campaign will be flexible to allow for peak supply periods for each berry.”

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