Blue Valley was established in 2015, with support from the Agricultural and Rural Development Agency (ARDA), on 20ha sown with 3 varieties of blueberries ideally suited to the growing conditions in western Georgia - O'Neal (early variety), Duke (early variety) and Legacy (mid-season variety). With an unwavering commitment to operational efficiency, quality, health, and safety, along with its desire to remain environmentally responsible, the company has secured GlobalG.A.P. certification. Coupled with its concerns for social responsibility, workers' rights, and a productive and enjoyable work environment, with support from the USAID Agriculture Program, the company has also secured GRASP (GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice) certification. In order to produce blueberries under optimal growing conditions and ensure reliable harvests, Blue Valley has embraced a variety of new agricultural technologies. With further support from the USAID Agriculture Program, the company has installed high tunnels over 2ha of its growing facilities that protect its blueberries from damage and loss due to unfavorable weather conditions. At the same time, productivity has been increased by 30%. The company is constantly conducting research and implementing new technologies and methodologies that will enhance production and increase sustainability. Of note are its digital traceability system that helps manage all aspects of production, a pre-cooling facility that prolongs shelf life and prepares blueberries for transport, and current investigations into the suitability of potted blueberry plants. With confirmed levels of productivity, Blue Valley is exporting the majority of its blueberries to wholesalers and high-end supermarkets in Russia. It is also developing new trading relationships with buyers in the EU and United Arab Emirates.
Blue Valley grows its highly prized blueberries in the village of Laituri in the western region of Guria, embracing state-of-the-art agricultural technologies as well as culti-vars perfectly suited to this region's environmentally pris-tine growing conditions. With their unwavering focus on the highest quality output, production and fulfillment, blueber-ries from Blue Valley are always consistent and reliable