Global Focus Grapes

Large shipments drive down prices

India: Grapes cheaper in Maharashtra

Maharashtra grape wholesale prices are on a downward spiral, due to large shipments reaching the market and a lack of demand from the North due to the prolonged cold weather. According…

New Zealand: Japanese master sells grapes to top 50 restaurants and cafes

Japanese grape growers who brought their unique grapes to Hawke's Bay are expanding, and are now selling to New Zealand's "top 50" cafes and restaurants. The locally grown large and rich-tasting "budou" (Japanese table grapes) are grown and harvested in Clive, by grape master Tetsuya Higuchi. Their…

Crimson seedless a mainstay of Chilean supply to the US

Chile will continue to be the primary source of grapes into the North American market for at least the next six weeks as the last of the Peruvian fruit filters through. Crimson red seedless continues to set the pace when it comes to volume, being one of the mainstays of the Chilean season. Supplies are…

North American grape market off the boil

After several weeks of tight supplies and high prices, the grape market is in the process of cooling off and entering a nice equilibrium. Increasing volumes are arriving from Chile which has helped to ease the market and it looks set to stay that way for the next few weeks. The availability of green…

Shake-up in black and red seedless categories expected as some new varieties underwhelmed this season

South Africa: Pendulum swings to familiar grape varieties during exhausting season

Early autumn rain and even reports of localised hail have interrupted the grape harvest in the Hex River Valley, as it nears the end of an exhausting season. De Doorns has had almost 40mm rain and Worcester 25mm the past weekend and in the Hex River Valley, the Crimson harvest will only continue next week. “We can…

Alltech Crop Science explores natural-based solutions for esca

Esca - history and economic impact

In this seven-part series, Alltech Crop Science looks at esca and natural-based solutions for the disease Esca, a wood disease affecting grapes all over the world, is one of the biggest modern threats to grape production. Esca is a complex disease involving several different fungi. It attacks the main vine of the…

Indian black grapes fetch great price on Chinese market

The production volume of Egyptian oranges is larger this year as a result of excellent weather conditions during the production season. The product quality is higher as well. This also means that a greater volume of top-quality Egyptian oranges is available for export to China. One Chinese importer…

First gin made from discarded grapes on Tesco shelves

A major British fruit supplier and a craft spirits producer have teamed up to find a way to prevent an estimated 166 million surplus supermarket grapes from going to waste…

"The quality of our Chinese grapes is guaranteed by adherence to organic standards throughout the production process"

"The new production season of our grapes begins every year in the middle of July, provided that weather conditions are regular. The production season continues until the end of December. At the moment we mainly supply grapes from storage. The retail conditions are still quite ideal. Looking at the price,…

Jan Marc Schulz, SFI Rotterdam:

Insufficient supply of white grapes

White grape sales are currently running smoothly. "There is even insufficient supply on the market. The supply from Chile, as well as India, actually goes out as soon as it arrives," says Jan Marc Schulz of SFI Rotterdam. The bottleneck lies with red grapes. "In recent weeks, we have had to deal with a surplus from…

Corne van de Klundert, Origin Fruit Direct:

"This year, for the first time, we will offer Indian grapes in 250g packs"

The first Indian grapes have arrived in a relatively difficult market. "Especially the red, seedless grapes have to contend with a large supply from South Africa. Prices are already low and will not improve," says the Dutch company, Origin Fruit Direct's, Corne van de Klundert. "The supply of white grapes has been…

Rob Cullum - Pacific Produce

UK: "Market for white grapes has now recovered, but red is still in a bad place"

The Peruvian grape supply is ending with only a couple of containers still to come for importer, Pacific Produce. It has been a tough second semester for unprogrammed fruit according to Rob Cullum. Pacific has most their supply for Europe in the first semester from their farms in Piura. The second…

Egyptian grape season starting, exporters and producers partnering up

In Egypt the growers are getting ready for a busy grape season. Exhibitions like Fruit Logistica and Fruit Attraction really helped the Egyptian exporters expand their potential markets for the produce. The next step might be to partnering up with other producers and exporters. These are very busy times for Egyptian…

Lengthening of seasons in Europe and the USA exclude import grapes

Has the grape market reached its tipping point?

“The European grape market finds itself in a very unusual situation. Through a combination of factors, it has balanced itself out in a negative manner”, says Geoff Green, the Head of Grapes at the Capespan Group. He is also Head of Capespan Global Procurement in the United Kingdom. There are larger trends behind the…


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