Update on National Processed Raspberry Council Marketing & Research Program Wind-Down


The NPRC continues to wind down all activities, including marketing and research projects. All marketing activities and funding will cease effective June 30, 2019. All research project funding will cease effective May 30, 2019. Any projects that will not be completed by that time will need to seek funding from another entity for additional funding to finish the study. For a list of currently funded research projects and their current status please see below.



USDA Terminates Processed Raspberry Promotion, Research and Information Order Assessment Requirements


February 20, 2019


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that the assessment requirements in the Processed Raspberry Promotion, Research and Information Order will be terminated effective Feb. 21, 2019, as part of procedures to end the Processed Raspberry Research and Promotion Program. The program, which became effective on May 9, 2012, was developed to expand the market and uses of processed raspberries.

The termination is a result of a referendum held Sept. 10 – Oct. 5, 2018, in which 57 percent of the eligible voters favored terminating the program. The referendum was conducted after USDA received a petition supported by more than the required 10 percent of eligible producers and importers.

The final rule terminating assessments was published in the Federal Register on Feb. 20, 2019.

The remaining provisions of the order will be terminated as soon as practicable. Trustees have been appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to dispose of all the Council’s assets.

Since 1966, Congress has authorized 22 industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool their resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities. AMS provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.

National Processed Raspberry Council Unveils Video Series, “My Name is Haedyn”

My Name Is Haedyn


A Glimpse of Life and Raspberries Through the Eyes of a Five-Year Old 5th Generation Raspberry Farmer


A new three-part video series,My Name is Haedyn, follows Haedyn Maberry in and around her family’s raspberry farm from winter to harvest as she watches the raspberries “sleep,” helps her uncle “fix” broken tractors, and prepares to freeze raspberries using “just cold air.” Discover the love, science, hard work, and generations—from 5-year-olds to 85 year-olds—that make the farming and processing of red raspberries a treasured passion.

My Name Is Haedyn

Raspberries have the reputation of being one of the most difficult fruits to grow—they are exceptionally delicate, require specific soil and climate conditions, and must be cared for 365 days a year. And to lock-in their iconic flavor and color, raspberries are harvested at peak ripeness and frozen (using only cold air) within a few hours. None of this would happen without dedicated, determined, and innovative farmers ready to take on the challenge—a challenge many raspberry farmers say they’ve been called to do.


What farmer does not dream of their work being passed down to the next generation, not only as work, but also as a noble and beautiful way of life—one that involves sharing your finished gifts (in this case, frozen raspberries) with the world?

My Name is Haedyn



Preview and share the trailer by clicking here and follow the trilogy by clicking the links below:

Sleeping Berries

Hard Work


Share your support of processed raspberry farmers, their families, and the entire farming community on social media with the hashtags #MyNameIsHaedyn and #FrozenRaspberries.


Participants In New Human Study Experience Short-Term Improved Vascular Function After Consuming Red Raspberries

Frozen raspberries


A recent randomized controlled trial, published in the Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, provides insights on the promising outcomes ofshort-term improvements in blood vessel function among healthy males who consumed dietary achievable amounts of red raspberries.

The subjects – ten healthy males aged 18 to 35 – consumed drinks prepared with 200g and 400g of frozen raspberries containing 201 or 403 mg of total polyphenols, or a matched control drink in terms of macro and micronutrient content, color, and taste.

Researchers investigated the vascular effects of the subjects at baseline, 2 hours-post consumption and 24 hours-post consumption of the raspberry and control test drinks. Participants consuming the red raspberry drink showed improved flow-mediated dilation (FMD), an established biomarker of cardiovascular disease risk. FMD increased significantly at 2 hours post-consumption of the raspberry drink when compared with the change in FMD due to the control drink, and this maintained at 24 hours after consumption.

At 2 hours post-consumption of both raspberry drinks, ellagic acid, found in plasma and urine correlated with FMD. At 24 hours post-consumption of the 200g raspberry drink, urolithin-A-3-glucuronide and urolithin-A-sulfate correlated with FMD. No significant differences were found between FMD improvements after consumption of the 200g and 400g raspberry drinks.

“The research study suggests that ellagitannins, a type of natural compounds present in red raspberries, may play a role in driving the positive effects seen on blood vessel function in the study’s participants,” commented Dr. Ana Rodriguez-Mateos, principal investigator and senior author of the study from the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine of King’s College London.

“We’re excited about these findings and what they may potentially add to the growing list of benefits from consuming red raspberries,” commented Tom Krugman, Executive Director of the National Processed Raspberry Council (NPRC).

Further studies will need to show whether these results translate into long-term health benefits in the general populationby looking at larger study groups over longer timeframes.

The research was supported in part by funds from The National Processed Raspberry Council.



Istas, G. Feliciano, R. Weber, T. Garcia-Villalba, R. Tomas-Barberan, F. Heiss, C. Rodriguez-Mateos, A. Plasma urolithin metabolites correlate with improvements in endothelial function after red raspberry consumption: a double-blind randomized controlled trial.  Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics. May, 2018.