International Fruit Genetics LLC (IFG), the world’s largest table grape breeder, which boasts over 48 patented table grape varieties and ten patented sweet cherry varieties, has announced that Kuara Comercial e Exportadora de Frutas Ltda based in Brazil is the winner of the company’s second annual D.W. Cain Award competition.
“We are proud to recognize Kuara Comercial e Exportadora de Frutas for their contribution to our ‘flavor revolution.’ While their founders Arnaldo, Daniel and Ilonka Eijsink have been long-time supporters of IFG, Kuara Frutas officially joined the IFG licensee family in 2021. Since then, they have fully committed to utilizing our trademarks and marketing our table grapes in unique and highly visible ways. In the short time they’ve been a licensee, they have already been a pioneer in their work with high value segments in the Brazilian market,” said CEO Andy Higgins.
Kuara Comercial e Exportadora de Frutas, whose purpose is to offer consumers the best fruits and vegetables through its commercial partners and producers in the market, grows the following IFG table grape varietals: Cotton Candy™, Candy Snaps™, Candy Dreams™, Sugar Crisp™, Sweet Celebration™, Bebop™, and is currently testing Julep™. The company also operates its own production of varieties of selected grapes at the Nova Neruda farm in Petrolina.
“Kuara Comercial e Exportadora de Frutas has truly set the bar with their dedication to innovation; ensuring flavor and quality is a cornerstone of their strategy,” Higgins continued.
The D.W. Cain Award was created in honor of IFG founder, Dr. David Cain, whose years of dedication and revolutionary breeding practices transformed the industry. The award pays tributes to licensees who have shown exemplary work in supporting and promoting IFG’s vision in the grape industry through the best adoption and promotion of IFG’s varietal logos and trademarks. The IFG team selected Kuara Comercial e Exportadora de Frutas for its dedication to promoting IFG table grape varieties in both the American and Brazilian Markets through their marketing, events and consumer taste tables. Their unique programs for the development, appreciation, recognition and promotion of IFG fruit has never been done before by another Brazilian marketer.
“We strongly believe in IFG’s dedication to innovation as well as its excellent work in providing unique and delicious flavors for all of the IFG varieties – which helps us market and sell the grapes to a great number of customers,” said Daniel Eijsink, Managing Director & Partner, Kuara Comercial e Exportadora de Frutas. “IFG consistently deliver varieties that that are wholly unique and delicious – enabling our company to be both productive and successful. “
Last year, IFG selected Agricola Andrea S.A.C. in Peru as the winner for the inaugural D.W. Cain Award, as well as recognized Exportadora Rio Blanco Spa in Chile as runner-up.
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