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Reconnecting with customers key this year

“The Organic Produce show is a great opportunity to connect with customers in the U.S. and around the world,” says Mitch Wetzel, vice-president of sales and marketing at Sunview Marketing.  More than 30 years ago, Sunview was established as a fully organic table grape operation that applied modern innovation…

Israel’s ARO Breeding Program releases Pearls of table grapes

The Israel based ARO Breeding Program of the Volcani Institute is once again set to release new commercial and semi-commercial table grape varieties widely tested in Italy, South Africa, Egypt, Greece, Mexico, Chile and India. The Mountain Pearl, a very large black seedless table grape has just been…

"Price fluctuations are huge and product movement erratic"

"Product quality of Chinese Shine Muscat green grapes slightly improved"

Muscat Shine green grapes are also known as Sunshine Rose green grapes. The Muscat Shine is one of the more famous green grape varieties in China. The Muscat Shine is a popular grape variety, because the fruit is fragrant like a rose. The color of the grapes is bright, the fruit flesh firm and juicy, and…

SATI:

South African 2020/21 table grape season intake volumes ends 4% higher than last year

The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) released the final numbers for the 2021/2022 table grape season, which has officially concluded, with intakes reaching a total of 77,7 million cartons (4,5kg equivalent). This is a 4% increase compared to the 2020/2021 season. Season Summary When comparing…

A company built from family

It was nearly 16 years ago when the Divine Flavor company formed and the first shipments of produce were sent to supermarkets. The year was 2006 when CEO of Grupo Alta, Alan Aguirre, and Carlos Bon, then-sales manager, joined forces with Pedro Batiz to create a brand that would eventually go on to be known as a grower/shipper…

Australian farms deliver high-quality grapes to Filipino tables

There's a growing demand for healthy food to boost the immune system. With this in mind, Australian Table Grape Association, Hort Innovation and Austrad reintroduced to the…

Table grape grower sees increase in red, green and black volumes this season

Four Star Fruit is a grower of year-round conventional and organic table grapes and committed to innovation and sustainable farming. The company forecasts an increase in red, green and black grapes this year during the California season. Four Star is expected to begin harvest in the most southern region…

Samuel Escalante, director of Viveros El Tambo: "We hope to obtain low dormant varieties soon"

"The development of cherry cultivation in Peru is still in its infancy, but the new genetics are very encouraging"

Many people believe cherries are one of the fruits with the greatest potential for Peru's agro-export sector. However, although the prospects are certainly encouraging, the…

Tenuta Arabona

Niche processed products made from Montepulciano d'Abruzzo grapes

"Tenuta Arabona is the continuation of the family farm founded by my parents in the 1960s, who were passionate winemakers. Having completed my agricultural studies, I dedicated myself to the farm with the goal of increasing its size, diversifying the production line," said Domenico Radica, co-owner…

Organic melons and grapes front and center in Monterey

Founded in 1999, Pacific Trellis Fruit is a year-round grower, shipper and marketer of premium fresh fruit. In 2014, the Dulcinea Farms brand joined Pacific Trellis Fruit, amplifying its product line of conventional and organic premium fruits such as melons and grapes. This summer season brings an…

Consumer demand for Australian table grapes still increasing in Vietnam

Thanks to improved trading conditions and ongoing export diversification efforts, Australian table grape exports to Vietnam reached record levels in 2021–22. The 2021–22…

Grape supplies are a tale of two markets

It’s a dichotomy of two markets says Mike Asdoorian of Fresno, California-based DLJ Produce about the current supplies of grapes available given grapes are coming in currently from both Coachella, California and Mexico. Coachella: Asdoorian says Coachella’s become a bit more of a niche growing region as it…

The Greenery visits its Egyptian grape growers

"This year's season may have begun late, but we're expecting a good quality year"

Just before the Egyptian grape season began, Wilfred Heijstek and Jasper Uijt de Haag traveled to that country. They visited The Greenery's growers along the Desert Road (from Caïro to Alexandria). "It's nice to see everyone again and visit the facilities now that the pandemic's over. We got a good idea of…

Earle van der Watt – evdw

Bridging the gap between Africa and international agricultural investors

Five years ago, Earle van der Watt decided to start a financial advisory firm that offers chartered and management accountancy services to a variety of clients, from family farms to some of South Africa’s largest grower-exporters.The firm is based in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, and a satellite office in…

Downward adjustment for Mexican table grape production

As Sonora passes the halfway point of the 2022 table grape season, the grower-members of AALPUM make a statement to the supply chain partners. In the broadest terms, it can be…

Kölla update on grape harvests in Egypt, Spain and Italy

Kölla has released the following update on the grape harvests in Egypt, Spain and Italy. Egypt: harvest in May with 10 days delayWith the focus on white seedless grapes, the harvest in Giza 2021 has already started in week 18/19. In comparison, this year we started the season with a delay of about 10…

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Fresh apples, grapes and pears: World Markets and Trade

'Imports are expected to slip on reduced shipments to Russia'

World production for 2021/22 is projected up 1.0 million tons to 81.6 million as China supplies edge upward and several EU Member States recover from the previous year’s damaging weather. Imports are expected to slip on reduced shipments to Russia. China production is expected to rise nearly 1.0 million…

42% of the grapes that Peru exported during this campaign were seedless white

Peruvian table grape exports amounted to $1,367,796,876 in this campaign, i.e. 17% more than in the previous campaign (2020/2021). The country shipped a total of 64 million…

Renner

Footwear collection uses product, discarded by juice or wine industry

Renner presents shoes made with grape leftovers

Lojas Renner (Renner Stores), the largest Brazilian department stores clothing company, has devised another collection of Selo Re – Responsible Fashion. Manufactured from grape residue discarded by the juice or  wine industry, three models of shoes and one sneaker have hit the market. These products contain…

Table grape export protection for exports to Asia

Hazel Technologies, Inc. announces a collaboration with McFarland, California-based Jakov Dulcich & Sons, a family-owned and operated table grape grower/packer/shipper with more than 3,000 acres of vertically integrated fresh table grapes under management. Dulcich & Sons, best known for its Pretty Lady…

Guangzhou Fruit Wholesale Market Report - Week 23

South African apples have just entered Guangzhou Market

May and June are slow months in the Guangzhou Fruit Wholesale Market. The delivery volume is rather small, as some fruit varieties leave the market while other fruit varieties only just entered. This week most sales figures have been stable, and for some fruit varieties the conditions are slowly…

Good table grape season expected in Moldova

According to experts from the Association of Grape Producers and Exporters, surveys of table grape plantations in Moldova show that the current condition of the vineyards…

Interview with Riccardo Martini from Tramaco

Egyptian monetary policy slows down Italian fruit exports

It is a difficult moment for fruit exports towards Egypt due to the new currency regulations that have made transactions complicated. FreshPlaza has talked about it with Riccardo Martini, CEO at DCS Tramaco, a logistic company based in Ravenna specializing in refrigerated trade with the North-African…

Candy-flavored grapes available in stores soon

As the weather in Mexico warms up, candy-flavored grape varieties start to hit the market. “We are in the heart of the storm,” says Michael DuPuis with Divine Flavor. “This week and next week are the heavy weeks in terms of production,” he commented. The company has been investing in growing…

Moyca

More than 100 new Ha of crops and new center to continue growing in the sector

The Region of Murcia leads Spanish exports of table grapes. Local production has become a benchmark in international markets thanks to its quality, variety, flavor, and safety. Spain produces 300,000 tons of table grapes a year and exports two-thirds of its production abroad, mainly to Europe and the…

Agrologica OP keeps focusing on foreign countries

Sicilian organic grape sought after in European markets

"We are in the middle of the grape season. For now, the harvest is going as expected. State-of-the-art farms like ours, which also have crops in the greenhouse, have not suffered at all from a delay in harvest due to the cold and rainy spring," said Vito Cascone, commercial director of the Sicilian…

Grapes, pears and figs now available in supermarkets of Uzbekistan

Regular seasonal fruits are now available in supermarkets in Uzbekistan. The Korzinka and Makro supermarket chains announced the start of sales of new crop grapes, pears and…

OP Il Galletto

"We will cover the higher costs while we wait for the situation to improve"

“The sales campaign of table grapes from the PGI Mazzarrone area (Sicily) has just started with the Victoria and Black Magic varieties. Because of the rain and low temperatures of the past few months, we are around ten days late, though volumes are good and bunch quality is excellent thanks to the nature…

The Mexican state of Sonora expects to harvest a record volume of table grapes this season

The Association of Grape Producers from Sonora (AALPUM) projects the region will harvest a record 25.5 million boxes of table grapes this season, well above last year's 21.3…

New varieties and volume growth are focus for California grape season

With the San Joaquin Valley grape harvest full steam ahead, Oppy is dialing up a high-volume season featuring preferred varieties and an increased focus on innovation. The company anticipates a 20% boost in California grapes over last year, with a wide array of new varieties — alongside tried and true…

Egyptian grape prices haven't increased despite increased costs

"Margins are extremely tight this year"

The Egyptian grape season has started, but it came a tad late, meaning there's a lot of work ahead of the Egyptian growers. One exporter states that margins are extremely tight this year, due to increasing costs. May Salem, general manager for Egyptian grape and pomegranate exporter FinBi, states they…

$60,000 awarded for industry research of the grape, fruit and wine industry in North Dakota

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring announced that a grant totaling $60,000 has been awarded for industry research of the grape, fruit and wine industry in North Dakota.…

Chinese grape market analysis

"Short-term prospects are not great, but we believe market conditions will improve after July"

The market for premium domestic grapes grows stronger every day. A number of specialized fruit import companies are strengthening their domestic fruit section. Manager Li of Berda Fruit recently analyzed current retail information in the grape market, and looked ahead at market trends this summer. Domestic…

“Egyptian grapes have become a golden brand across the world, however supply will certainly be affected”

The Egyptian grape season has started and Egyptian growers are trying to remain positive after a couple of decimating years. The costs of running the operation have increased significantly, while prices for grapes have not changed for several years. Since growers are choosing to leave the grape business,…

Eddy Kreukniet, Exsa Europe:

"Hopefully the Egyptian grape season's late start won't clash with India too much"

The Egyptian grape season has begun at Exsa Europe in the Netherlands. "The cold spring delayed the start by ten days later, but because of this, we expect a quality season. The volumes in Egypt look promising. There should be ten to 15% more production than last year, although it always remains to be…

Centralized packing a game changer for Sonora grape producer

In recent seasons, Divine Flavor and its growing locations at Grupo ALTA have been converting their operations into centralized packing facilities. As a supplier of Mexican table grapes, these additions to their infrastructure have immediately contributed to their ability to pack multiple presentations…

Superpippo

The Sicilian early grape campaign has started

The harvesting and commercialization campaign at Superpippo, a company located in Mazzarrone (Sicily), started over one week ago and is currently in full swing. The early varieties are well-known and appreciated by the chain. We are talking about Victoria and Black Magic, to which seedless white grape varieties…

Lucien de Wit, LuBaFresh:

"Italian grape season starts after tough Indian season"

The Italian season has begun at LuBa Fresh in the Netherlands. "We received the first shipment last week already, with another larger quantity this morning," says Luciën de Wit. The current supply consists of Victoria and Black Magic grapes from Sicily's plastic tunnel greenhouses. "Their size and quality…

Southwest Paraná producers to boost grape production via training and tech

Fruit growing generates more than R$2 billion for the economy the Brazilian state of Paraná annually. The great potential to generate income and add value to agricultural…

Namibia has vast opportunities for production of table grapes, dates, blueberries

Last week, in Davos, at the World Economic Forum, manager for horticulture market development at the Namibian Agronomic Board, Emilie Abraham, stated: “The country is blessed…

“There is a very high demand for grapes this week”

The grape season in Egypt is starting up, and due to warmer weather the season has come a bit early. Demand should be solid, with the focus of one exporter being on the Gulf countries as well as Africa for exporting their table grapes. Mohamed Elkhtib, export manager for Egyptian produce exporter Zamel for…

‘Small but strong’

Moroccan export of grapes is ‘Petit mais costaud’

A famous French candies ad from the 80s had the slogan ‘Petit mais costaud’ which means ‘Small but strong’. According to Fatiha Charrat, commercial and marketing director for Moroccan fresh produce exporter Delassus, this slogan fits like a glove to the Moroccan grapes’ production dedicated to export:…

“New packaging method allows Chilean fruits to be more competitive in Chinese market”

UPAC Fruit is a fruit grower group based in Chile and Peru. Through them each grower sends his own products to the retailers, which leaves growers with more profit, and buyers with better prices, a direct fair trade business between growers and the end of the chain. Juan Vicuna is the sales director, he…

Japan considers government body for protecting plant varieties

The Japanese government is considering taking tougher measures to protect high-end fruits and other farm products developed in the country. Its Agriculture Ministry is…

Risky grape pest found in Pope Valley

Western Grapeleaf Skeletonizer found in Napa County

On May 12, insect trapper Jesse Guidi discovered a single adult Western Grapeleaf Skeletonizer in an insect trap near Dollarhide Road, Pope Valley. That is why Napa County…

Helia Mendonça, sales manager of Fazendas Labrunier:

"Investment in new seedless varieties has led to an increase in grape consumption in Brazil"

Table grape consumption has changed a lot in Brazil with the introduction of new seedless varieties. "Table grapes were not a product with much value in Brazil and their consumption was mostly seasonal. Now, thanks to the introduction of new seedless varieties in recent years, they are increasingly…

Murcia's Bluestone joins Uvasdoce to promote new grape varieties

The Murcian investment firm Bluestone Food and Tech Investments, dedicated to promoting agricultural innovation projects, has joined the Alicante-based company Uvasdoce.…

White grapes continue to increase their leadership in Peruvian fields

According to data from Provid, in the 2021/2022 campaign, 21,099 hectares of table grapes have been cultivated in Peru. White grapes concentrated the largest area in the…

Lower early Flame volumes and costs challenges for Mexican table grapes

The Mexican 2022 table grape season, currently underway, is proving to be challenging due to growing costs that increase by the day. The early red seedless variety Flame volumes are lower than estimated on a few farms, including that of César Ortiz, CEO of Agrofesa based in the North-West of Mexico,…

China could overtake the Netherlands and become the second destination for Peruvian grapes in the 2023/24 campaign

According to data from Provid presented by its general manager, Alejandro Cabrera, at the Piura 2022 Redagricola Conference, in week 14 of 2022, the United States was the main…

“The competition won’t be easy for the Egyptian grapes”

The Egyptian grape season has started and according to one fresh produce exporter from Egypt, the crops are looking really good. The Egyptian grapes will have to deal with a lot of competition from both Spain and Italy, but the demand from Far Eastern markets is rather solid. Demand for Egyptian grapes…

Modest increase in Israel’s 2022 table grape harvest estimated

A modest increase of just over 7% is estimated for Israel’s 2022 table grape harvest that has just started. Only about 5% of the annual crop is exported with 95% going towards local consumption. According to Eyal Raban, from Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture, the total harvest last year was 65.000 tons and…

New grape varieties strike balance between consumer wants and grower needs

Candy Snaps™. Jack’s Salute™. Sugar Crisp™. And of course…Cotton Candy™. Everyone following the grape industry, very likely recognizes these names as a sampling of the newer varieties of grapes in the marketplace today. As Andy Higgins, CEO of table grape breeder IFG in Bakersfield, California, points…

South African fruit exports to Malaysia rose by 12% last year

Reliable Malaysian market emerges as gateway for South African fruit into South East Asia

South Africa has an established reputation as a fruit supplying country in Malaysia, where its products are “more than competitive” on price and quality, says Dave Malcomson, South Africa’s High Commissioner to Malaysia for the past year (right).Malaysia imports much of its food bill and some of that…

USDA

Fresh deciduous fruit semi-annual

South Africa set for a record pome fruit and table grape production in MY2021/22

South Africa is set for a record pome fruit and table grape production in marketing year 2021/22. Favorable weather conditions, new areas under production, and higher yielding cultivars is driving the growth in production. However, rising shipping costs, an upsurge in input costs, local port…

Christophe Ochs, Albafruit – The new harvest is already available

"The Moroccan origin gives the grapes a real freshness advantage!"

The Albafruit company is starting its 16th campaign of Moroccan grapes. A season that this year looks promising both in terms of volume and quality: "The good weather and the last few days of heat have helped increase the sugar content of the grapes. We are hoping for a good harvest", reports Christophe…

Mexican table grape industry challenged to ship 25 million boxes in 10 weeks

Table grape harvest in Northern Mexico has started, in Hermosillo and Guaymas in the state of Sonora. The first grapes crossed the border with Nogales, AZ ten days ago, on May 9. The start date is similar to last year, but it is a few days later than the average start of May 5. “The great majority of…

USDA

Chile: Fresh deciduous fruit semi-annual

Chilean table grape production projected to increase by 15.2 percent in MY2021/22

In MY2021/22, experts have projected that Chilean table grape production will increase by 15.2 percent, totaling 760,000 MT. Exports will increase by 14.2 percent, totaling 600,000 metric tons. For MY2021/22, the estimated apple production stands at 1,036,000 MT a 4.8 percent decrease from MY2020/21 on…

Peru grape export volume increased by 13% and the value by 22%

The Peruvian grape export campaign 2021/2022, which runs from September to March, ended with good results, stated Luis Corvera, CEO of FreshFruit Peru. In this campaign, the…

President Raniolo offered a preview of the 2022 season for the PGI-labeled product

The Mazzarrone grapes campaign will start in ten days

"We are now only ten days away from the opening of the grape campaign in Mazzarrone, in a year that seems promising in terms of quality and with the Victoria variety looking wonderful," said the President of the Mazzarrone PGI Grape Consortium, Giovanni Raniolo. "In some plots we have already made the…

New Grapa CEO Shiko Domovitz: “Excited about table grape opportunities”

Early ARRA varieties kick off Israeli table grape season

The Israeli table grape season has just started last week with the ARRA Honey Pop harvest, while the ARRA Sugar Drop will follow this week. This also marks the fifth month as CEO of Grapa for Shiko Domovitz, who is “excited about table grape opportunities.” Chen Salomon with ARRA Honey Pop Chen Salomon, owner…

"Suppliers pack grapes with visible stems to show how fresh the grapes are"

The grape industry is struggling with an important issue during this pandemic and the general difficulties with logistical delays, which is the freshness of grapes when they arrive at their final destination after weeks at sea. Shandong AWT Biotech Co., Ltd. is a specialized manufacturer of fresh-keeping…

SATI:

National grape intake volumes 3.6% higher than last year

SATI has released the weekly grape figures in their newsletter, while looking back on the lessons learned while attending Fruit Logistica in Berlin. National OverviewThe 2021/2022 harvesting season has officially drawn to a close, with all regions having completed packing. National intake volumes have…

Examining trends in the grape industry

The focus on high-yield/flavor varieties. The effect of inflation. Protecting the quality of grapes. These are just a few of the topics that came up on last Friday’s Grape Quality Summit, hosted by Hazel Technologies. Anne-Marie Roerink 210 Analytics LLC started the summit off with a presentation on the…

Peru shipped 584% more table grapes in April than in the same month of the previous campaign

Peru exported 537,000 tons of table grape exports in the 2021/2022 campaign (from October to April), i.e. 14% more than in the previous campaign. This increase was achieved…

Coachella continues the transition to new grape varieties

The early part of the California grape season is about 10-15 days away from starting. Rob Spinelli of Anthony Vineyards in Bakersfield, California says production will begin in Coachella about a week earlier than normal--it’s set to begin the week of May 16. He also notes that generally production out of…

Thomas Bos (Thomasol):

"Precipitation, rising costs make for very challenging Spanish season"

Those seeking the Spanish sun during the May vacation this year will likely be sorely disappointed. "The weather's been terrible here again this week," says Thomas Bos, who moved from the Netherlands to Alicante in 2003. His company, Thomasol, has been directly linking buyers elsewhere in Europe with…

This Friday, May 6

Table grape experts speak at Grape Quality Summit

Hazel Technologies Inc. announces presenters for the Grape Quality Summit, a virtual event held May 6th. Talks include table grape market insights, a category perspective panel, grower spotlights and exclusive access to table grape postharvest technology trials. Left to right: Anne-Marie Roerink, Luis…

Demand for Australian table grapes still high despite many production challenges

Despite a challenging season with delays and a slow start, a Victorian table grape grower still did well on the supply front, with the popular Crimson variety helping the fruit sell out. Budou Farms co-owner Enrique Rossi says there are only around 5-7 days to go, which makes it the longest season ever,…

Egyptian grape season should see higher volumes than last year

“Producers are expanding toward higher value varieties to supply other markets”

It’s only a little while longer until the Egyptian grape season kicks off and the volumes should be higher than they were last year. Production has increased and more markets are available to the Egyptian exporters, which makes it a promising outlook on the season. Growers are also investing in higher…

Chile's Table Grape Committee and JD.com partner to encourage consumption in China

The Table Grape Committee of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile (ASOEX) projects Chile will export 84.6 million boxes of 8.2 kilos (693,707 tons) of table grapes this…

Wibo van den Ende, Vita Optima:

"Good grape season had sting in its tail"

“Things went well from week 50, 2021 to week 13, 2022,” says Wibo van den Ende, Managing Director of Vita Optima, about the South African grape season that is just about over. "After that, the grapes' quality and quantity declined." He says the debacle around Russia meant more volumes than expected came…

Sam Vasala - Sai World

"This season will be a good one for anyone who has medium to large sizes"

For exporter Sai World the grape harvest is reaching its end. With the last orchard in New South Wales starting the crimson harvest, Sai World exports the fruit exclusively for the grower. “Colour has been a problem for some growers this season, but the colour from our grower is very good,” said Sam…

SATI:

"The grape industry’s sustainability is under threat"

"Amidst the backdrop of extensive media coverage that the current harvest has received, we deem it important to remind industry role-players that the timely marketing of quality grapes in preferred export markets at certain price levels determines the success of our industry. The industry’s…

European grape market full as Chile waits for South African and Indian stocks to fall

The table grape market in Europe is still somewhat full with sales slower due to offerings from South Africa, India and Chile, all currently available. According to Maarten van Fraassen, responsible for Commercial Sales at Direct Source International, they have had grapes from Chile for the past few…

A complete overhaul of the Chilean grape industry

The Chinese import market offers a wide variety of fruits, and grapes are among the best-sellers. Spring is gradually turning into summer in China and the temperatures are rising. That is one of the reasons why market demand for grapes is growing. Chilean grapes perform particularly well in the Chinese…

Northwestern Syria farmers replace olive trees with grapes

Olives are among the most important resources from the northern Idlib governorate. Although olive cultivation formed part of the identity of the town of Harem, north of Idlib…

International grape supply chain

Outline of increases in cost for Brazilian grape production

During the last two years, the grape production and export chain from Brazil has suffered from a sequence of extreme events, which have caused cost increases beyond the normal.First, the pandemic caused by Covid-19 had a strong impact on production activities around the world as well in Brazil, with…

Looking towards growth for the Mexican grape season

Pacific Trellis Fruit, a year-round importer, grower, marketer and owner of the Dulcinea® brand, is gearing up for a successful Mexican table grape season. Earl McMenamin says the grape crop out of Mexico this year is up nearly 20 percent, which relates to around 25.5 million boxes.   Since the company’s inception in…

May Quality Summit highlights table grape industry

Hazel Technologies Inc. is hosting a Grape Quality Summit the first week of May. The one-hour event will be held on Friday May 6th and will feature speakers with expertise in the table grape category amidst the North American table grape season. Speakers will include Anne-Marie Roerink, founder and…

Slight delay for the Sicilian grape season

"The grape season in Sicily is currently slightly behind schedule. This winter we have had very low temperatures, down to -3 °C, which has slowed down the growth of the buds, at least in several plots in the Mazzarrone area," said Giovanni Raniolo, president of the Consortium for the Protection of the…

Agri Ministry Romania will back table grape industry with 3 mln euro

Romania will allocate a total of 15 million lei ($3.3 million/3 million euro) in subsidies to stimulate the production of table grapes by self-employed farmers and farming…

Logistics still affecting movement of South American grapes

Supplies of grapes from South America are still flowing into the coast during what is typically a transition time between South American and Mexican grape supplies. Generally Mexican grape supplies aren’t in the market until the first full week in May. “There’s some early green seedless production from…

Grupo Alta hits 30-year milestone

From 60 hectares in 1991 to over 10,000 hectares today

What started as a 60-hectare project of table grapes in 1991 has turned into one of the largest agricultural companies in Mexico. With more than 11 different farms and over 10,000 hectares of growing land throughout Sonora, in addition to new projects in Jalisco and Baja, Mexico, Grupo Alta is…

Grapa’s Southern Hemisphere table grape producers do well despite challenging seasons

Southern Hemisphere producers of the ARRA Breeding programme varieties of table grapes have done well to deliver to world markets this past season, say the technical managers of Grapa. This is despite several challenges during the table grape seasons for South Africa, Namibia, Peru and Chile. (l) AJ…

Cyprus grape production down 93 per cent

Cypriot grape production has collapsed by 93 per cent over the last 30 years, seeing the island shifting from being a grape exporter to an importer. MPs were presented with…

Drought decreases grape production in southern Brazil

São Paulo production should reach 146.900 tons, a decline of 0.3% in relation to the previous year, while the productions of Paraná, of 56,200 tons and Santa Catarina, of…

Low quality of Moldova variety of table grapes is exception rather than rule

The unacceptable quality of the Moldova table grape variety in stores is one of the most unfortunate conclusions of the March audit of the produce departments of Chisinau…

Guangzhou Import Fruit Wholesale Market Analysis - Week 14

Grapes and plums conquering the import market in China this season

The Chinese fruit market is always crowded around Tomb-Sweeping Day [5 April, 2022]. This is the first peak of the sales season following the Chinese Spring Festival [1 February, 2022]. Looking back on week 14, the number of market visitors slightly declined compared to the days leading up to…

Successful table grape protection trials in California

Hazel Technologies, Inc. announces a collaboration with Bakersfield, CA-based Anthony Vineyards, Inc., a family owned table grape grower/packer/shipper with 50 years of experience and thousands of acres of conventional and organic production under management. Anthony Vineyards saw significant results…

Shipments up 10 percent

Peru's 2022 grape harvest has finished

March 8th marked the last day of the Vanguard Peru grape harvest. However one-third of the product from the season is still to arrive in the markets as our global team continues navigating a challenging supply chain. Up to week eight, Peru has shipped 61.5M boxes of grapes. This is 10 percent more than…

ARRA 33

ARRA Honey POP™ shows fantastic storage ability during its first commercial export

This season South African marketer TopFruit were amazed by the excellent condition of ARRA 33 – ARRA Honey POP™ grapes upon their arrival in Germany at Global Fruit Point after almost six weeks of shipping. "The past season, grape producers like all other producers, had to face global logistical…

Okanagan vegetable farmer calls for more government support to feed British Columbians

John Nurkowski grew vegetables for years at his property near Kelowna International Airport, but last year he decided to sign a lease agreement to grow table grapes and…


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