US (CA): Good movement, prices for grapes

As availability of tree fruit in California winds down, the relatively empty market has made for good movement and a strong market for grapes.

“Compared to this time last year, prices are probably one to two dollars higher,” noted George Matoian of Visalia Produce. “Compared to a month ago, prices are about one to two dollars higher per box.” At the end of last week, prices for table grapes out of the Central Valley ranged from between $14.95 to $22.95 per box, depending on variety, size and colour. He credited a relatively clear market for the prices, since there's little competition from tree fruit at this point in the season. He also believes the market could get even stronger in the coming weeks.

“I think we'll see increased prices as we get into October and November,” said Matoian. “We'll see an increase in the fall months, it just depends on the pack-outs. We still have a long way to go.” Varieties currently available include Scarlet Royal, Crimson, Vintage Red, Thompson, Autumn King, Autumn Royal and Red Globe grapes. Availability of California grapes is expected to stretch into January.

For more information:
George Matoian
Visalia Produce Sales
+1 559 897 6652

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