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Uncertain outlook for Argentina's table grape export sector

San Juan's table grape harvest will start in just two weeks. This year, the sector faces various issues from previous years that have become more acute, stated the vice…

Uzbekistan exported a record volume of table grapes in 2022

The Uzbekistan season for exporting fresh table grapes started in June this year with early-ripening varieties, about a week earlier than last year. Uzbekistan has exported a…

Jaap den Boer, Olympic Fruit:

“Far fewer grapes from Brazil, Peru mean good European market prices"

This year's European grape season flowed seamlessly into the overseas one. "We've had years when there was still plenty of European product in the market when Peru and Brazil began; not this year. We received the last Spanish grapes in week 45, and currently, mainly Brazil and Peru are ringing the bell.…

Iván Marambio: President Asoex, Chile

"Supplying a market ‘hungry’ for cherries while finding new markets is a challenge"

As Chilean cherries, blueberries and soon table grapes will be on the way to world markets, recovering from the Covid-10 pandemic as well as a global recession are still concerns for the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile (Asoex). According to Iván Marambio, President of Asoex: “The threat of the…

Peru’s Ica table grape region aims for $8 billion worth of exports in 2022-2023 campaign

The Peruvian table grape production area in the province of Ica, which provides close to 50% of this country’s volumes, is aiming to earn $8 billion as it plans to exceed last year’s exports with 265,000 tons of table grapes during the current 2020-2023 campaign. Peru’s National Agrarian Health Service…

Eric Tastayre, Apifood:

“We are expecting 40% of our normal volumes of Rocha pears”

Apifood is about to finish its grape campaign, and the company is now starting the Rocha pear and citrus fruit season. “This year, we will finish the campaign in March because we have approximately 40% of a normal harvest. Due to the lack of volumes, the Rocha pear is sold at relatively high prices in…

Charl du Bois – Capespan

Farmgate profitability will require adjustments all along value chain to ensure sustainability

Capespan’s commercial executive Charl du Bois notes that early grapes from Namibia are looking good, while the Orange River has just started, not yet in full swing. Limpopo has been packing for a few weeks, and the Olifants River region will start in the next two weeks. The first Namibian grapes will…

Logistical costs are finally coming down

“Demand for grapes from India is picking up as we’re getting close to the new year”

The export of grapes from India has started, with the focus being on the Asian market for now, says Krish International chairman Himant Chavda: “We’re an exporter of fresh grapes. We export varieties like White Thompson Seedless, White Super Sonaka Seedless, White Sonaka Seedless and Black Sharad…

A lot of Italia variety grapes are remaining in the vineyards

For the Italia grape variety, the season appears to be going no better than how it started. It has been a difficult campaign, always marked by hope in the aftermath, which started with hardships and problems caused by the international economic context, which soon turned into a contraction in consumption…

Grape consumption helps counter UV damage to skin

A recent human study published in the scientific journal Antioxidants found that consuming grapes protected against ultraviolet (UV) damage to the skin.¹ Study subjects showed…

Moroccan table grape grower transitions to new varieties

The Moroccan grower Les Vergers du Soleil produces table grapes in the regions of Marrakech and Taroudant. The grower's flagship product, seedless table grapes, is available for export each season starting in late May.  The company currently markets up to 3,000 tons per year of table grapes, a production mainly…

Australian Table Grape Association welcomes new board members

The Australian Table Grape Association (ATGA) board welcomed two new delegates last week, following its 2022 annual general meeting. Two long-term industry supporters will…

Egypt to allow the supply of grapes and cherries from Uzbekistan

The first meeting of the joint working group of the Ministry of Agriculture of Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation of Egypt has been recently held,…

Christoph Bouvry, Bouvry:

"Grapes and clementines are always in high demand around year's end"

As the festive season approaches, business at Bouvry, in Belgium, usually slows down a bit. "That's no different this year," begins Christoph Bouvry. "But as the holidays draw nearer, it picks up. Grapes and clementines are always in demand around the end of the year. Sales of winter vegetables like…

Threatening table grape and pecan production, among others

More flooding expected in Orange River region

“Earlier than usual flooding” stretching from the Prieska to Kakamas areas in the Orange River region of the Northern Cape, have left farmers concerned about the rest of the…

Seedless varieties of table grapes are being prepared for planting in Uzbekistan

Seedless varieties of table grapes of foreign selection will be planted in Uzbekistan. Seedlings of seven varieties of foreign selection of table grapes are currently grown…

David Posner - Awe Sum Organics

Awe Sum Organics’ winter organic table grapes to arrive soon

Awe Sum Organics, one of the largest importer of organic table grapes from the Southern Hemisphere has begun the 10th season of their organic Peruvian winter table grape program. Awe Sum Organics helps to fill the winter organic fruit void with high-quality organic table grapes from early December, when…

Used by one third of California grape growers

Shelf-life extension technology reduces brown stems in grapes

Since commercializing their flagship shelf-life extension technology in 2016, Hazel Tech’s Hazel 100™ has proven to be very effective in the table grape category. “Our technology continues to drive a lot of value for grape growers/packers/shippers/importers, and retailers,” says Hazel Tech’s Mario…

South African early table grape export volumes trending lower than last season

The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) held the first bi-weekly marketing forum meeting for the 2022-2023 season, noting that early export volumes will be less than…

Wholesale prices for “Moldova” grapes of 2022 harvest are unlikely to further grow

The quality of “Moldova” table grapes in Chisinau retail stores is noticeably degrading in November. You can still find high-quality Moldova grapes in retail markets in the…

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Aartsen: "Our branding key to growth in Asia"

"We import from and cooperate with farms in different countries to jointly develop markets. The farms are managed according to their own strict standards which are defined by the growers. We brand the high-quality harvests and import them into Europe and Asia," says Allen Wang, a representative from…

Lila Vlok - JL Vlok Boerdery

Early stonefruit, perhaps early grapes as well

Stonefruit started early this year at Kasteelberg Vrugte, at the foot of the eponymous mountain in Riebeeck-Kasteel, and it looks as if table grapes could follow suit, says Lila Vlok, chief operating officer at JL Vlok Fruit.“We start in December with our grapes, when the stonefruit is ending. We were…

Asoex president Marambio is optimistic

Port diversification in Chile should lead to a much better 2022-2023 fruit export season

After a rather bad 2021-2022 fruit export season in Chile, things are looking better for the recently inaugurated 2022-2023 season, which had its initial act at the Terminal…

Retailer lauds quality of Spanish imports, even despite delays caused by port strike

More early South African grapes kept locally

Grape volumes on the South African market are very high because producers don’t want to take chances with the shelf life of their grapes and instead of exporting, keep more of their grapes at home at the moment.Grapes are moving very slowly through the stores at the moment to ensure that quality is on…

Prices for Indian grapes will be similar to last year

“Current weather conditions in India are perfect for a healthy growth of the crop”

The Indian grape season saw some delays due to excessive rains, says Samir Singh, business promoter for Indian grape exporter Mersel Foods: “Too much rain over an extended period has delayed the pruning process for 2-3 weeks in the main grape growing region of Nashik, which means the harvest will be…

Northwestern Uzbekistan

Grapes: More than 1,000 tons exported from Karakalpakstan

More than 1,000 tons of grapes were exported from Karakalpakstan from January to November. The export value of a kilogram of grapes from January to May averaged $0.5, from…

USDA

Western Fruit Report - Grape cold storage summary

503,612 packages of Autumn Royal grapes in cold storage in California - November 15, 2022

On November 15, 2022, there was a total of 503,612 packages - bags, clamshells, plain packs, wrapped and other packages - of Autumn Royal grapes in cold storage in California.  That number stood at 3,888,060 for Autumn King grapes. Together with all stored Scarlotta, Allison, Jack's Salute and Scarlet Royal grapes and…

'Logistics and Euro exchange rate key to watch'

Southern Hemisphere's 2022-23 table grape season of special importance

The international company Kolla Group, from Germany, visited producers in Brazil, Peru, South Africa and Namibia. During the trips visiting producers they could see a clear…

Sun World expands Southern Hemisphere marketer footprint

Sun World International, LLC (Sun World) has added several new companies to its global Licensed Distributor lineup. These include three newly licensed marketers in Brazil,…

LA UNIÓ sends an SOS to consumers to save a 'disastrous' campaign

"Consuming our grapes is fundamental for the economy, creating jobs, and curbing land abandonment"

"Table grape prices, both of the early varieties -such as Doña María or Red Globe- and of the later Aledo variety, which is characteristic of New Year's Eve, are very low in this campaign while production costs are skyrocketing," stated LA UNIÓ. "Faced with this situation, LA UNIÓ is asking consumers to buy…

Good European market expected until after Christmas

South African grapes in the Far East: “We never know what to expect from Peru”

The European grape market is empty, as the Peruvians have sent more to the USA, but there is still the chance that Peru could crowd South Africa in the Far East.“The amount of product that Peru has been putting on the market has strongly grown over the past decade,” explains Leon de Kock, CEO of Grape…

Autonomous robots to help modernize grape industry

Next spring, a small army of Cornell-developed PhytoPatholoBots (PPB) will be deployed to four grape breeding programs across the U.S. on a mission to guide the global grape and wine industry into the 21st century. These autonomous robots will roll through vineyards, using computer vision to gather data…

Solar Grapes, Hillfresh extend exclusive partnership

"Excellent Namibian grape season expected"

This season's first Namibian grapes from Solar Grapes for HillFresh have been at sea for two weeks. This Dutch company is expecting them in week 48. "The season began early again, which is good news in the current market," says Jan-Willem Lagendijk. Solar is uniquely located at the end of the Aussenkehr…

Freak hailstorm in Chile touches cherry, table grape and blueberry farms

Damage to early fruit in Chile is estimated to be about 10%, with the full extent currently being assessed, after a freak hailstorm, which touched some cherry, table grape and blueberry farms over the past weekend of Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November. Rain, let alone hail, is most unusual during Chile’s…

Korean muscat grapes can better fill the gap in the Taiwan market

Thanks to its geographical location and advanced planting technology, Taiwan is rich in fruits and it is famous for producing pineapples, custard apples, among others. It can basically be self-sufficient in these fruits. Most of the imported fruits cannot be produced locally or can only be produced in…

Mini symposium on grape quality to take place on the 2nd of December

The grape world is continuously developing; from the introduction of new varieties and premium lines to the development of shelf life improving techniques. With these developments, quality of grapes has become even more important. With the choices we make in quality we have an impact on the lives of…

Peruvian table grape producer has sights set on over 4 million boxes by 2023

Pura Fruit, a Peruvian table grape producer, aims to grow to over 4 million boxes (of 8.2 kg) by using technology to save input costs, while also paying workers 20% more. They also aim to have a mix of new cultivars come into full production during their two harvests per year. According to Felipe Arriagada,…

SATI: impact looks too small to affect total grape estimate

Groblersdal hail: “The nets did their job and overall, the grapes look good”

The sun is out after days of rain and a hailstorm last Thursday afternoon which hit localized areas north of Groblersdal where the table grape season has commenced, and citrus orchards are nursing young fruit.Limpopo is an area with a high hail factor; the storm came in quickly with no warning, growers…

USDA Report: Turkey's Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual

Turkey’s production, export of apples, pears, and table grapes may reach record  levels in 2022/23

Owing to favorable growing conditions and ongoing investments to  improve on-farm yields,  Turkey’s production and export of apples, pears, and table grapes is forecast at or near record  levels…

Tormented year for table grapes

The medium-late table grape campaign seems to be particularly difficult from both a commercial and production point of view. Salvatore Lodico, president of Consorzio dell'uva da tavola di Canicattì Igp, talks about the bad news concerning the seedless and traditional produce. Salvatore Lodico "There definitely was a preference…

Seedless grapes go back to being the protagonist at the end of the season

The demand for seedless grapes has been growing in Europe for the past ten days and the Italian produce seems to be the most appealing to foreign operators, as it is the only one still available on the market from our continent. "We have had to wait until the end of the season to rediscover the…

Snow could cut Canada's Okanagan fruit season short

Recent cold temperatures and snow could put an early end to British Columbia’s fruit season. Balpreet Gill with the Oliver, B.C.-based Gold Star Fruit Company Ltd. says the Okanagan region had a very warm October with record-breaking temperatures of 30º Celsius. “Then suddenly 10 days ago, the weather took…

Hong Kong table grape imports fall, Shine Muscat grapes still popular

The highly priced Shine Muscat table grapes, selling between HK$ 100 ($12.7) and up to HK$ 500 ($63) remain ever popular in Hong Kong with Japan, South Korea and China the top…

Corne van de Klundert, Origin Fruit Direct:

"Overseas grapes exporters are reluctant, but current prices give confidence”

The European grape season is almost over, and overseas grapes are slowly tricking into that market. Supplies are much lower, thus pushing up grape market prices. "There's too…

California grape growers-shippers watchful of the rain’s effect on fruit

Supplies of grapes are good out of California. “We just had rain so we’ll have to see if there’s any effect on the fruit that’s remaining to pick,” says Scott Reade with Pandol Brothers. “The fruit condition on the later varieties in the California season has been very good. As opposed to last year when…

Rain, uncertain global markets make Indian table grape industry wary before export season

Indian table grape producers and exporters are wary ahead of the export season following heavy rain and uncertain global markets.  The heavy rain in the top production areas of…

Chile: Table grape production is trending downwards because of drought

In MY 2022/23, FAS Santiago (Post) estimates that table grape production will decrease by 7.1 percent reaching 732,000 metric tons. The decrease in production is caused by a…

Plantis Group

Grape exports from Italy about to end

The exports of Italian grapes are almost over, as the shelf-life does not enable companies to ship the produce to the farthest European markets any more. Claudio D'Alba, CEO at Plantis Group, a company from Puglia that exports fruits and vegetables all over the European continent, explains that "we should…

USDA report:

Higher production for apples, pears and table grapes in the EU this year

A USDA report was released, stating the current situation with various fruits and vegetables cultivated in the European Union. ApplesCommercial apple production in Marketing Year (MY) 2022/23 (July/June) is forecast at 11,880,870 MT an increase of 2.9% compared to the previous year and 7% compared to the…

New gelato and sorbet flavors created from Sugar Crisp table grape variety

International Fruit Genetics LLC (IFG), a table grape breeder with global presence and boasting over 48 patented table grape varieties, is inspiring one innovative chef to create new and exciting gelato and sorbet flavors. Chef Athina Goulasi, of Epik Natural Greek Gelato, a boutique gelato parlor in the…

Uzbekistan producer on their first table grape exports to Japan

A table grape producer from Uzbekistan, who was the first to export to Japan when the market opened for them last season, says they need to diversify exports to more markets.  Farmer…

‘Wild ride’ for California grape growers in 2022

California grape growers faced a variety of challenges in 2022. Technical Services Manager for UPL North America, Katie Driver described the year as being a “wild ride” for…

Lebanese fruit and vegetable producers approach the Arab Gulf market

Traditionally less competitive than their North African peers when it comes to achieving economies of scale, Lebanese fresh fruit and vegetable producers have long focused on niche markets and high-end products. Today, they want to take full benefit of their competitive advantages and do more business in…

Tomato price drops drastically

Indian early table grapes harvest delayed after severe monsoon rain damage

The early table grape harvest that usually arrives in the Mumbai market was delayed due to incessant monsoon rains.  Very low volumes of grapes are available with the early Indian…

In the first month of the campaign, Peru increased its table grape export volume by almost 30%

Peru exported 45,293,546 kilos of table grapes in October, the first month of the country's 2022/23 table grape campaign, i.e. 29.67% more than in the same month of 2021.…

Cold storage holding of grapes in California

Autumn Royal grapes in cold storage have almost doubled from last month, but the total (406,051) is down from the same time last year (427,061). Autumn Crisp on the other hand…

Chile looks to show the US a better grape season for 2023

“The Chilean grape crop depends more on the economics and on the ability of the growers to have the working capital to grow the fruit properly.” So says Nicolas Damm of Rio Blanco of the upcoming Chilean grape crop, a critical season for the country. “That’s the major issue today.” “It depends on how bad…

This season, more than 50% of Chilean table grape exports will correspond to new varieties

According to the second estimate of the ASOEX Table Grape Committee, which the organization presented at the end of October, this season, for the first time, more than 50% of…

Agricultural emergency decreed due to damage caused by late frosts to vineyards and fruit trees

The Ministry of Economy and Energy of Mendoza, through the Undersecretary of Agriculture and Livestock, continues to assess the damage caused by the late frosts recorded in recent days in productive areas, after decreeing the state of emergency or agricultural disaster. The consequences cover not only…

Egyptian commercial table grape production expected to increase by 3%

Post forecasts commercial table grape production in Egypt in MY 2021/2022 (October-September), to reach 1.48 MMT up three percent or 45,000 MT over the previous year. This…

Hort Innovation

Australian table grape marketing campaigns build demand across eight Asian markets

As the Australian table grape industry prepares to launch its summer season in the coming weeks, work has already been undertaken in eight international markets with the hopes of building demand and sales for the fruit. Hort Innovation is responsible for investing the table grape marketing levy into a…

Murcia's table grapes are expected to reach Thailand's markets starting next season

The Government of the Region of Murcia is working to accelerate the deadlines that will allow table grape producers in the region to export to Thailand in the next campaign,…

Grafik: BLE

BLE Week report 43:

'Domestic apples dominated the market'

Domestic apples dominated the market: Elstar, Jonagold and Boskoop predominated. Braeburn and Pinova came next, in terms of relevance. Topaz gained in importance; they were offered in Frankfurt in 120 kg large crates. Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Royal Gala were the main varieties from Italy.…

Italian court rules on illegal grape production

In a landmark decision, the Court of Bari issued a first-of-its-kind injunction forbidding an Italian grape producer from harvesting or selling any table grapes from unauthorized plantings of Sugrathirtyfive variety (AUTUMNCRISP® brand) grapevines. The variety is owned by Sun World International, LLC…

Grapes among top 10 produce items by sales

Table grapes are purchased so consistently that, according to recent survey data, grapes rank as a staple item on the grocery lists of the majority of U.S. shoppers. A survey…

South African table grape industry 1st crop estimate for the 2022/2023 season

Grape crop estimate of approximately 71.7 million cartons is anticipated

The South African table grape industry expects 2022/2023 season volumes inspected for export to decrease by approximately 7.65% in comparison to figures recorded in the…

'Grown in Good Nature'

Australian new export brand set to launch at Asia Fruit Logistica in Bangkok next week

Australian horticulture’s has a new export brand: ‘Grown in Good Nature’. The brand is set to launch at Asia Fruit Logistica in Bangkok next week. Developed by Hort Innovation…

Indian grape season about to get started

“A good amount of interest for the Indian grape season of 2023”

Girish Sarda, founder of Indian fresh produce exporter Magnus Farm Fresh, is getting ready for the new grape season in India, which is expected to be a better one than last year: “The grape season of 2022-23, which lasts from November until April, for main markets like the EU, UK, and Russia is yet to…

For the first time, Thailand has authorized a cherry warehouse in Spain to carry out cold treatments at origin

Spain gains access to the table grape and pear market in Thailand

The Government of Thailand has informed the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of the opening of its market for table grapes and pears from Spain, following intense collaboration between the governments of both countries. Thailand unilaterally closed its market to Spanish fruit for…

Western Cape company focuses on fruit exports, including blueberries, grapes and pears

United Exports says new funding will help create over 1,300 jobs by 2030

Western Cape-based fruit farming company United Exports has signed a €14 mln loan deal with international lenders, which will be used to boost sustainable blueberry production…

Kobus Bothma – Namibian Grape Growers Association

Namibian grape season kicks off next week

A small amount of table grapes will be packed next week and from week 46 onwards the large volumes will start flowing, says Kobus Bothma, vice-chairperson of the Namibian Grape Growers Association (NGGA).The Namibian Grape Growers Association estimates this year’s crop at 8.6 million 4.5kg cartons, a…

Sun World expands import footprint in North America

Sun World International LLC (Sun World) announced it has added three importers to its panel of North American licensees. These include GrapeMan Farms, Pacific Trellis Fruit…

Table grape grower-shipper utilizes Hazel Tech to ensure premium quality

Bakersfield, CA-based, Grapeman Farms (Grapeman) announces its partnership with Chicago-based shelf-life extension tech developer, Hazel Technologies. With global import…

ASOEX Table Grapes Committee realesed its second estimate for the season

Chilean fresh grape exports are expected to decrease by 7.7% this season

The ASOEX Table Grape Committee has released its second estimate for the 2022-2023 fresh grape export season. According to this second estimate, the country will export 68.6 million boxes of fresh grapes (8.2 kg each), i.e. 7.7% less than in the 2021-2022 financial year. "The new forecast is 2.8% lower than…

Western Fruit Report - Grape cold storage summary

230,631 packages of Autumn Royal grapes in cold storage in California - October 20, 2022

On October 20, 2022, there was a total of 230,631 packages - bags, clamshells, plain packs, wrapped and other packages - of Autumn Royal grapes in cold storage in California.  That number stood at 486,089 for Autumn Crisps and 2,295,129 for Autumn Kings, respectively. Together with all stored Scarlotta, Allison, Jack's…

Moldova to export less table grapes than last year

Between August and mid-October, Moldova exported just over 17,000 tons of table grapes from the 2022 harvest. This is about the same as was exported in the same period last…

Yuyuh Sukmana,Regional Manager (Southeast Asia) at Vanguard International Group

"Our imported fruits volume into Indonesia is showing positive growth each year"

In recent years, Southeast Asia has seen positive growth in the international fruit trade. Regarding the most recent changes in the region, particularly in Indonesia, Yuyuh Sukmana, Regional Manager (Southeast Asia) Vanguard, shared his opinions with Freshplaza. Since the start of the pandemic, the fruit…

Peru

Table grape breeder investigates illegal planting and cultivating of proprietary varieties

Table grape breeder International Fruit Genetics, LLC (IFG) announced it is identifying properties where there is unauthorized planting, cultivating or illegally collecting…

A new set of concerns for the 2022-2023 imported grape season

The transition from California grapes to imported grapes will likely happen earlier this year. “Supply for the domestic U.S. market is adequate for the moment despite early season weather issues. We do expect the California crop will finish early this season which will open the door for an earlier start…

Fruits imported from China have been on an increasing trend in Singapore

Due to its climate, location and the scarcity of land, Singapore produces very little in the way of fresh fruit. As a result, the country mainly relies on imports. This is also the main reason why the Singapore government is currently pushing for the 30/30 initiative to build up the its agri-food…

Over 300 licensees and retailers attend table grape breeder's field days

After a three-year hiatus due to pandemic travel restrictions, International Fruit Genetics LLC (IFG) welcomed nearly 300 international licensees, marketers and retail representatives in July and August to experience the company’s Field Days in person. This year’s events broke company records, with the…

Uzbekistan: Qapchugay Mevalari starts exporting table grapes in modern packaging

Uzbek agricultural company Qapchugay Mevalari (Fruits of Kapchugay) from the Altyaryk district of the Fergana region began to sell fresh table grapes in modern convenient…

Increased volumes of Jam grapes from Brazil

On the heels of a highly successful campaign last season for Jam Grapes, Pacific Trellis Fruit is ramping up programs for this exclusive black seedless variety from Brazil. “JAM grapes deliver that jam flavor taste and are similar to the Concord variety in flavor and appearance, however, they are 100…

Italy is the first European supplier of grapes to the UAE

With over 1,000 tons of table grapes imported every year, Italy is the leading European supplier of grapes to the UAE. Among the different varieties, seedless grapes are gaining the preference of the local consumers. The Italian seedless grapes are now available across UAE grocery stores at a special…

The Xinjiang red grape season is coming to an end, overall sales not ideal

Because of its unique climatic conditions, Xinjiang produces many delicious melons and red grapes. Xinjiang red grapes are nearing the end of the season. In order to…

Premium California grapes on display

The Pretty Lady Vineyards team will feature its premium California Table grapes at the revamped IFPA Global Produce & Floral Show in Orlando, Florida. The Pretty Lady fields are currently being harvested for their fall crop and will be on display at this year’s show. Other available varieties during the…

Graziano Defilippis, of Polar Fruit Europe: "Our customers in Europe are asking us for more and more volumes of Crunchy One and Sweeta grapes"

"Consumption of seedless white grapes in the premium segment is higher every day"

The seedless white table grape sector is showing an increasingly clear trend. "The market is dividing into two very distinct segments: the premium segment, with tasty varieties with a longer shelf life, for which consumption is higher every day, and the rest of the seedless varieties, which have been…

USDA proposes additional requirements for imported Chilean table grapes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposes to revise the conditions under which table grapes from Chile may be imported…

Jill Ambler - Tessara

"We are introducing our new products into various countries"

Tessara has exhibited at Asia Fruit Logistica numerous times and is excited about the upcoming trade show in Bangkok. "We are introducing our new products into various countries, and AFL is a brilliant platform to continue this. In addition, it is a three-day event to connect face-to-face with our…

Fruit brand gains sustainability recognition

Sustainability may be seen as an option for some companies but not for Jac. Vandenberg and its Sunrays® brand. Since 2014, Vandenberg has understood the importance of cultivating sustainability throughout its supply chain, and today they take a huge step forward in its sustainability commitment.…

Difficult situation for table grapes

The production of table grapes is excellent in terms of quantity and quality this year, though the commercial trend is characterized by fewer orders and reduced revenues due to the cost increases. Bunches of Regal grapes still unsold. Photo taken on October 12th, 2022. The situation is particularly…

“Indian exporters will be shipping more containers to China”

According to Amit Kalya, managing director of Indian grape exporter Kalya Exports, their grape season will get going around mid-November, and about a month later the export to European markets will start: “We will start to harvest and export grapes, Thomson Seedless, for EU and UK approximately by the…

Waikato family unable to save their blueberry crops

Helicopters scrambled to aid growers as temperatures are 'devastating' for crops

Each spring, agricultural helicopter operators head to fields across NZ, their blades churning up warmer air on order to keep frosts from affecting the crops. This season,…

Favorable conditions for grape production in Cerrado Brasiliense

Grape production in the Cerrado Brasiliense, outside the cooler climate area, has its advantages and disadvantages. According to the agronomist and coordinator of Fruticulture…

Minnesota researchers to get $10 million for development of disease-resistant grapes

A team of researchers, managed by the University of Minnesota, received the first round of funding from a $10 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to…

New campus will allow table grape breeder to speed up innovation

Creating a flavor revolution. That is the mission of California fruit breeder IFG. “About 20 years ago, breeding programs were mostly focused on grower aspects, including tonnage, yield, color and timing,” says Andy Higgins, IFG’s CEO. When IFG was established back in 2001, consumer experience became the…

Sakhumnotho Group holdings acquires 25% equity stake in Boschkrans farm

In a move that signifies the entry of a new member into the business’ agricultural portfolio, Sakhumnotho Group Holdings has acquired partial ownership in the Boschkrans Boerdery Business. This acquisition provides an opportunity for a well-established agricultural player with solid production potential…

Budou Farms

Grapes grown especially for the Asian markets

Budou Farms has been at Asia Fruit Logistica in the past as a visitor and saw the potential of becoming an exhibitor to facilitate access to other Asian markets, especially considering the current scenario of global grapes that is very competitive, therefore it is good to diversify markets and showcase…

Moldova special: Vaipan

"Seedless grapes are not easy to grow in Moldova"

It is not commonplace, but it can be done: with zero cultivation or trading experience, plant a ten-hectare plot with grapes and enter the market. Liubomir Vaipan, an IT specialist, working in the real estate sector, did exactly that in 2008, when the real estate bubble burst. He now grows and sells grapes,…

USDA

National Retail Report - Specialty Crops

Significant increases in price for fruit included raspberries and organic seedless grapes

Last week, retailers had the opportunity to promote a bounty of locally-grown produce. Pumpkins hailed from Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Carolina, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Apples appeared from Oregon, Missouri, New York, Washington, Michigan, and Ohio. Hearty vegetables like…

Increasing import and logistics costs weigh on the mind of importers

As they look ahead at the South American season, importers are relying on the experience of last season to help make this one as smooth as possible. “We’re better prepared for this import season because we have a year of experience with the turbulence of logistics. I believe between the shipping lines…

New record of packages in 2022

Ramping up Cotton Candy grape volume

Offering its third season of Cotton Candy grapes from Brazil, Oppy, a grower, marketer and distributor of fresh produce from around the world, looks toward increasing volume in the coming years as it sets a new record of packages in 2022. Sweet, juicy and with a hint of vanilla, Oppy’s Cotton Candy…

JWM Asia introduces festive grape gift packaging

Chinese Shine Muscat grapes find eager consumers in Singapore

Joy Wing Mau Asia Singapore is a division of JWM Asia Holdings, which are located in Hong Kong. The company is specialized in the import and distribution of fresh fruits. Its main clients in Singapore consist of supermarkets, minimarts and wholesale markets. Kelvin Ong is General Manager of JWM…

Grape export subsidy withdrawal will affect overseas shipments from Maharashtra

Grape exports from Maharashtra are likely to drop off this year as the Indian government is withdrawing the subsidy for outbound shipment of the popular fruit. Maharashtra is…

Apulia, Italy

"I have 400 tons of unsold grapes on the vines"

Such a crisis seems to be getting worse day by day, along with the desperation of the many farmers who are now tired of seeing their product depreciated. The grape sector, like others, is struggling due to the economic crisis and general uncertainty. Italian farmers have told us that the selling prices in…

"The demand for preservatives in the grape market remains high"

At present, the table grape industry is facing many challenges such as high production and logistics costs, increased transportation times, and labor shortages, but this does not affect the growing demand for grapes in the market. The grape season in many origins is coming soon. How to ensure the…


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