These Are the Cities That Consume the Most Berries

These Are the Cities That Consume the Most Berries

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Susmita Baral
Jul 12, 2017
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Berry intake is on the rise and it may have a thing or two to do with their "superfood" status. Blueberries and raspberries, in particular, are applauded for their nutritional value. So it's not too surprising that data from the United States Department of Agriculture found the per capita consumption of blueberries went up by 411 percent from 2000 to 2012, 475 percent for raspberries, and even 60 percent for strawberries.

Curious about which areas of the country are chowing down on the most berries? Driscoll's recently tried to figure this out and the results might surprise you.

Using syndicated category data reported by The Nielsen Company and weekly store sales of berries, the company has sorted out the top 10 berry-loving cities in America.

The verdict? Boston, Hartford-New Haven, and Minneapolis-St. Paul are the top three markets for berries. Fun fact: The top 10 cities for berry consumption are cumulatively responsible for eating more than 25 percent of America's total berry intake. That's almost 400 million pounds.

Top 10 Overall Berry-Loving Cities

  1. Boston
  2. Hartford-New Haven
  3. Minneapolis-St. Paul
  4. Cincinnati
  5. Philadelphia
  6. San Francisco
  7. Buffalo-Rochester
  8. Denver
  9. Columbus
  10. New York City

Berries encompass an array of fruits so if you're curious about how they fare independently, check out the breakdown for strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry consumption by city. The top three cities to consume the most berries make the top 10 list for each particular fruit.

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Top 10 Strawberry-Loving Cities

  1. Boston
  2. Philadelphia
  3. Cincinnati
  4. Hartford-New Haven
  5. Minneapolis-St. Paul
  6. Columbus
  7. New York City
  8. Buffalo-Rochester
  9. Miami
  10. Washington, D.C.
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Top 10 Raspberry-Loving Cities

  1. Minneapolis-St. Paul
  2. Boston
  3. San Francisco
  4. Denver
  5. Milwaukee
  6. Detroit
  7. Hartford-New Haven
  8. Seattle
  9. Buffalo-Rochester
  10. Miami
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Top 10 Blueberry-Loving Cities

  1. Boston
  2. Hartford-New Haven
  3. Philadelphia
  4. New York City
  5. Buffalo-Rochester
  6. Washington, D.C.
  7. San Francisco
  8. Miami
  9. Cincinnati
  10. Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Top 10 Blackberry-Loving Cities

  1. San Francisco
  2. Cincinnati
  3. Boston
  4. Denver
  5. Columbus
  6. Minneapolis-St. Paul
  7. Hartford-New Haven
  8. Las Vegas
  9. Washington, D.C.
  10. Detroit

Did your city make the list? Let us know in the comments!

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