Export demand on California grapes to increase in 2021

Looking ahead at the California grape season, early projections anticipate a crop size similar to 2020. “The crops of California grapes look good. We had high heat last week across the valley which could affect people. But the temperature drops this week,” says Chris Unti of Sun Grapes Marketing Inc. in Visalia,…

A growing number of products drops out of the market

Pandemic changed patterns for the imported fruit market in China

The global market for imported fruit has suffered the negative consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic since its outbreak early last year. Extended customs clearance procedures…

Australia: Hughenden grape farm initiative is paying off despite setbacks

In the coming weeks, despite power installation delays causing frustrations, the first vines will be planted at Hughenden's new grape farm. Victorian company Marciano Table…

Italian grape season starts at the Staay Food Group in the Netherlands

"We'll have a wide range of seeded and seedless black, red, and white grapes until the end of November"

The Italian grape season is about to begin again at the Staay Food Group in the Netherlands. "Our growers are expecting a good season. Volumes should be 10-15% than last season, which was already good. This week (23), we begin with the first beautiful Black Magic and Victoria grapes from Sicily. From…

Sun World looks back on 45 years in the business

Nearly half a century ago, a California produce company opened its doors with a commitment to bring consumers new and unique fruits and vegetables. That company, Sun World…

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Man balancing on Swiss ball slicess 59 grapes to reclaim world record

A couple of men from Idaho, whose Guinness World Record for using a samurai sword to slice through grapes was defeated by another team, retook their record with a total 59. David Rush, who has broken more than 150 Guinness records to promote STEM education, stood on a Swiss ball, wielding a samurai sword…

Making key changes for a better Peruvian grape season

The 2020/2021 Peruvian grape season will be remembered as a historic season, one not seen before and hopefully won't be repeated.  Looking ahead, Vanguard International notes some key changes to plan for a successful 2021/2022 season. Operations flowTo ensure labor continuity, the packinghouse lines are being…

Sicilian seedless grapes hit the shelves 15 days ago and continue to enter new markets

"With 110 hectares of early grapes, almost all of which are seedless varieties, we are the first ones to appear on the global markets with a product of European cultivation," said Angelo Brunetti of the farm Casa Grazia located in Gela (CL), Sicily, which has been committed to research the best top…

Emilie grapes from India sold before they reached the port

The Indian grape season has just ended and KÖLLA Overseas has now taken stock. What started as a first attempt to market grapes in KÖLLA's own brand EMILIE has turned out to…

“Lifting of lockdowns has led to increased demand for grapes”

The Egyptian grape season started a few weeks early this year, and demand has been rather high. This means stocks are depleting faster than they did around this time last year, however sufficient quantities are still available, says one Egyptian grape exporter. With lower volumes and high demand, prices…

Coachella grapes see later start in California deal

As with many California commodities, grapes out of Coachella, CA also got a later start this season. “Coachella has been relatively cool which might be contributing to starting later,” says Oliver Sill of illume Agriculture based in Bakersfield, CA. He adds that the region is not the only one seeing a…

Global commodity update on citrus, apples, cherries, and grapes

Four fruit commodity focal points play a key role in the programs that Vanguard International will bring onto the global markets in the next few months. Citrus global“Citrus is a huge focus for us right now,” says Tim Clarke, President of Vanguard International. “The crops in Egypt are winding down and…

Okayama growers start shipping Muscat of Alexandria grapes

In Okayama Prefecture, western Japan, this year's first shipments of Muscat of Alexandria grapes have started. The seeded variety is sometimes dubbed the ‘Queen of Grapes’ in…

First exports from July

Apulian seedless Italia grapes on European markets

French, German and Italian customers had already tasted the first grapes last year. This season the Belgian, Spanish, Swiss and English markets will also be added. We are talking about the seedless Italia grape from the agricultural company Agri Lo.Di, based in Rutigliano, in the province of Bari…

Egyptian grape season started

“Many early varieties have been shipped to Europe already”

The Egyptian grape season has kicked off and many early varieties are already being shipped to the European market. According to one Egyptian exporter, there is high demand for grapes in the African market. The exporter also states that higher prices are caused mostly by increased prices of transport.…

Grape brand kicks off inaugural Sonoran season

Jac. Vandenberg, Inc.’s SUNRAYS® inaugural Sonoran grape season is underway with the first grapes from Mexico packed over weekend. In its first season in grapes, the brand has already shipped more than 380,000 boxes from Peru and Chile and expects to pack more than 250,000 boxes out of Northern Mexico.…

BAFs committed to to adopt 100% of relevant ASEAN and Codex standards as PNS

Codex Standard on table grapes to be adopted as Philippine National Standard

Based on the Food and Agriculture Organization Corporate Statistical Database, the Philippines has a total grape area of 389 hectares, with a total production of 214 tons of…

Demand is looking solid, freight rates still pose a challenge

Egyptian grape season started earlier this year

The grape season in Egypt has started slightly earlier than usual, which is great for the grape growers. Prices for grapes are expected to be slightly more stable than usual as well, which can’t be said about the freight rates. Transport prices are still high overall and unstable on top of that.…

Santa Elena concentrates 80% of the national production area

Ecuador increases its production and export of table grapes

Ecuadorian producers are optimistic about the start of the 2021 table grape season, which will start in July. Exports of this product have registered a notable advance since…

EastFruit

Table grape varieties grown in Uzbekistan show little hope for export expansion

After bananas, table grapes are the second most popular fruit in the world in terms of global trade. Global table grape trade continues to grow dynamically, by an average of 3.6% or $ 336 million each year. Unfortunately, this success story is not applicable to Uzbekistan, one of the largest producers…

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Chile: Fresh Deciduous Fruit Semi-annual

MY2020/21 Chilean table grape area totaled 45,500 ha; 4.9 percent drop over last year

MY2020/21 Chile’s table grape planted area totaled 45,489 hectares (ha), a 4.9 percent decline over MY2019/20. Post estimates production in MY2020/21 will total 615,000 tons, a 21 percent decline over MY2019/20 (See Table 1). This drop is attributed primarily to unexpected rainfall during the summer and…

Lucien de Wit (LuBaFresh): "European grape market has pulled up considerably in recent weeks"

First Black Magic and Victoria grapes arrive from Sicily

The first Sicilian grapes from Auteri have arrived at Luba Fresh in Venlo. "We start a week earlier than last year. These grapes are from the greenhouses and the volumes are still limited. But despite the prices being still on the high side, there is already a healthy demand from the market," says Lucien…

Thursday, May 27

Hazel Tech to host Grape Quality Summit

Hazel Technologies, Inc. announces the launch of its upcoming virtual Grape Quality Summit. A one-hour event to be held on Thursday May 27th, the Summit will feature keynote speakers discussing market trends, postharvest research and shelf-life extension technology. Speakers will include Anne-Marie…

Sun World South Africa celebrates 20 years

Twenty years ago, Sun World opened its first international licensing office in Paarl, South Africa. Johan Jooste and Minette van der Walt were Sun World’s first two licensing employees and for many years were the face of Sun World in South Africa. The business was based on the green seedless Sugraone…

Australian officials are working with China on grape export delays

Australia is looking into the cause of a hold-up of table grape exports to China. Trade Minister Dan Tehan has stated that about 20 per cent of the fruit shipped to the…

Mexican grower kicks off 15th Sonoran table grape season

It’s the 3rd week of May and Divine Flavor starts receiving its first shipments of grapes- officially kicking off of their Sonoran grape program for 2021. The company anticipates packing more than five million boxes this season out of Northern Mexico, which is a volume increase of about 25 percent from…

Alwyn van Jaarsveld - Tessara

Tessara aims to migrate all of its postharvest generators to recyclable materials

South African grape growers are well acquainted with the Tessara Uvasys generators that extend the shelf life of their grapes through surface sterilisation. Last year, blueberry exporters came to rely on Tessara's new Berrisys range; in one instance where an exporter's containers were stuck in ports for…

Oman pushes for grape, mango and banana production

As part of its goal of attaining self-sufficiency and diversification of agricultural crops, Oman’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MAFWR) has urged…

Virtual marketing program creates new Indonesian markets for WA fresh produce

Western Australian fresh produce will be featured in high-end Indonesian supermarkets over the next month, thanks to a new trade agreement and an innovative virtual marketing…

Sam Vasala - Sai World

"2020 was a challenging season, but 2021 will be even more challenging.”

As the Australian citrus season gets underway with a good crop of high-quality fruit, exporters still face many challenges. “The main worry is the delays in the logistical chain,” explains Sam Vasala from SaiWorld. “Many countries are either still in lockdown or going into lockdown again and vessels are…

USDA purchases fresh table grapes for child nutrition assistance

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) purchased fresh table grapes for distribution to the child nutrition and other related domestic food assistance programs for Fiscal Year…

For Maharashtra farmers, export of grapes turns sour as prices drop

Grape farmers in Maharashtra aren’t comfortable, despite 106,000 tons of grapes in 7,964 containers have been exported from the State, regardless of the continuing Covid-19…

The first European organic seedless grapes are ready to be harvested

"There are ten days left until the harvest of the first European-produced organic seedless grapes," announced Simone Raniolo, a partner of the historical fruit company Il Castello located in the Sicilian town of Mazzarrone, an area known for its Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) grapes. Simone Raniolo…

Slower start for premium grapes from Mexico

Most premium grape varieties are slightly held up coming out of Mexico. “We’re about seven to 10 days delayed with our Mexican Grape production,” says Fernando Soberanes of Giumarra based in Los Angeles, CA. Mystic Treat (red), Mystic Sweet (green), Mystic Pearl (black) Grapes are the premium grape…

Adriatic port of Koper gets ready for promising Egyptian grape season

Tuesday 11th May, a very first shipment of 20 containers with grapes sailed from Damietta towards Koper. The grape season in Egypt has started and the season is not without…

Peru closes the table grape campaign with a 17% growth

The closure of the Peruvian table grape campaign shows positive results. The Association of Producers and Exporters of Table Grapes of Peru (PROVID) stated that Peru had…

Miky Suarez comments on upcoming Mexican season

“Weirdest grape growing season I’ve seen in 33 years”

Mexico’s Sonora region is getting ready for the start of the grape season. “I’ve been involved with grapes for 33 years and this is the weirdest growing season I’ve seen,” says Miky Suarez with MAS Melons & Grapes. “It feels like nothing makes sense.” First of all, there was a good accumulation of chill…

Beijing says grapes are being subjected to 'special nucleic testing'

Australian table grapes face 'unforeseen' delays in Chinese ports

Several hundred containers filled with Australian table grapes are backing up at ports in China, in what may be the latest multi-million-dollar trade dispute between Canberra…

Egyptian grape season started, three weeks earlier than expected

A little earlier than expected, the Egyptian grape season has kicked off. Due to warm weather, the start of the season arrived three weeks before it was expected to begin. For some varieties a little more time is needed, but this earlier start has resulted in solid demand from the market. According to…

Social programs elevated in preparing for busy Mexican grape season

As the Sonora, Mexico grape season is just a few weeks away, grower/shipper Divine Flavor will quickly turn their attention to the upcoming grape deal, relying on their work force to prepare for one the busiest times of the year. “With an expected 30 percent volume increase from 2020 to 2021 (roughly 5…

Celebration caps successful season for South African table grapes in China

South Africa’s range of high-quality table grapes was in the spotlight in the China market this spring thanks to the active promotion work of the South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) in partnership with the Western Cape Government and leading Chinese importers and retailers. SATI on April 29…

Brazil facilitates the entry of Argentine grapes to its market

On April 29, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply of Brazil approved the Risk Mitigation System (SMR) for the control of the Lobesia botrana pest in grapes…

Kalamna wholesale market

Grape prices up due to lack of supplies

The grape prices have almost doubled from the past one month due to lower supplies in the wholesale market. The green grapes are being quoted at Rs 60 per kg to Rs 70 per kg…

Grants eight licenses in key markets targeted for growth

Sun World expands footprint in Egypt and Italy

Sun World International LLC (Sun World), the global fruit genetics and licensing company, today announced it has granted six additional licenses to Egyptian table grape…

Moroccan grape season will soon be in full swing

"We have an ambition to be the reference of grapes from Morocco”

Morocco produces grapes for both the fresh produce sector as well as for wines. According to Fatiha Charrat, commercial and marketing director for Delassus, plantations for the latter have increased, but the plantations for table grapes still have a large majority in share: “The Moroccan acreage…

Government of Ontario invests over $115,000 into locally grown grapes

The Government of Ontario is investing over $115,000 to help increase consumer demand for locally grown grapes and to launch a new table grape variety. The funding will be…

2020/21 – what a year for the UK and international fresh produce sector

What next for South Africa?

2020/21 will be a period we won’t forget in a hurry in the international fresh produce sector or for that matter for any other part of our lives. In the UK, we have had to contend with the impact of Brexit, as well as that of COVID – 19, of course. Both have presented serious challenges to the structure of the fresh produce…

Exporters are restless as Australian grapes find their way into the Chinese market obstructed

The Daily Telegraph reported on the 23rd of April that Australian vineyard owners were uneasy because customs clearances of Australian grapes in Hong Kong have slowed down.…

Peru: Non-traditional agri exports account for 17.6% of overseas shipments

Peru’s non-traditional agro-export sector has shown strong signs of recovery, accounting for 17.6% of Peru’s total shipments overseas in the first two-month period of the…

New Obregon location shows signs of strong grape season

Campos Borquez, a supplier of year-round organic and regenerative super foods, expects a strong grape season this summer that will kick-start early from its unique region in Obregon.  Driven by accountability to the land, soil and partners, Campos Borquez’s practices highlight its commitment to long-term relationships…

Table grape grower remaining upbeat with strong demand during COVID-19 affected season

While the widespread impacts COVID-19 has provided many challenges for a Victorian table grape grower over the past 12 months, he is still expecting an average crop for this season. Guiseppe Cua from RJN Cua says production levels are similar to previous seasons, with no major events to report and…

Table grape season to start early in Sicily

"The PGI table grape campaign in Mazzarrone will start rather early this year, around May 10th. Blossoming was helped by the favorable weather conditions, leading to perfect grapes and keeping millerandage operations to a minimum," reports Giovanni Raniolo, president of the consortium.  Giovanni Raniolo "While…

Australian grape exports hit by Chinese customs delays

Australian table grapes are troubled by delays in clearing Chinese ports. Growers and industry executives see this as another sign of worsening trade ties between the two…

Maharashtra district in lockdown until May 1st

Indian grape season ended earlier than expected

The Indian table grape season has come to an end earlier than expected, after the season had started slightly later. For the past two weeks the availability of the fruit declined and trade had almost come to a complete stop by week 16. Although the coronavirus didn’t have an impact on the season as much,…

Peruvian grapes and citrus fruits will gain access to the Argentinian market this year

The Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri) has announced that Peruvian table grapes and citrus fruits will be allowed to be exported to the Argentinian…

Moldova: Table grape exports generate revenues for Ialoveni region

The production of table grapes in Moldova amounts to 92,000 tons per year over the past three years; of this, 65,000 tons was exported. More than 1,500 hectares of table…

Camposol files for US$450 million IPO

Camposol Holding, based in Lima, is a vertically integrated Peruvian supplier of global off-season produce. This Monday, it filed to raise up to $450 million in an initial…

South African blueberries walk the Peruvian route

Due to the success of the Peruvian blueberry industry and considering that both countries have similar climates, South Africa has taken steps to advance in the production of…

Andriy Yarmak, economist at Investment Centre of UN FAO:

‘Gen Y and Z will prefer organic table grapes in eco-friendly packaging’

Andriy Yarmak is an economist at the Investment Centre of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). During a virtual training on the effective…

Complete lockdown seems unavoidable

“Indian grape season narrowly escaped grip of coronavirus”

The grape season in India is slowing down, while at the same time the coronavirus is causing massive issues with infrastructure. Overall the grape season has satisfied one Indian exporter, despite the delays due to the Suez Canal blockage, occasional rains and logistical problems caused by the virus.…

Beverley Road Farms

Favourable weather leads to increased volumes and quality for a NSW table grape grower

New South Wales grape growers Beverley Road Farms is reporting an increase in quality and fruit size this season due to the favourable weather conditions. "This season’s cooler summer with cooler nights has really enhanced the colour of the fruit and early spring rain has also helped with the health and…

Chilean table grape exports decreased by 21% in the first quarter of the year

According to the Fresh Fruit Bulletin of the Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies (Odepa), during the first quarter of 2021 fresh fruit exports totaled 899,000 tons and…

Eddy Kreukniet (Exsa Europe):

"New varieties will significantly extend Egyptian grape season"

The European white grape market is currently grappling with delayed volumes. These are arriving from India now that the Suez Chanel blockage is resolved. "As a result, we're getting more volumes than planned. So we can make good use of all marketing opportunities within the retail sector," says Eddy…

Table grape industry set for record year

The Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, welcomed the news that the South African Table Grape Industry reached a total intake for the 2020/2021 season of 73 million cartons. This is significantly more than the 66.15 million cartons recorded last year. Meyer: "This is great news for the…

Mexican grape pricing strong while imports vary greatly

Mexican grape production has begun out of Jalisco, Mexico. George Matoian of Fresh Farms in Kingsburg, CA says it started its grape harvest approximately two weeks ago with all the major varieties of green seedless along with Cotton Candy grapes. “We’ll also have red seedless grapes available in future…

Japan increasingly frustrated by strawberry and grape copycats

The Japanese Shine Muscat grape went through more than 15 years of testing and selection before it was finally released as a new breed. Frustratingly, the grape variety is now…

Seipasa obtains in Mexico the label extension of the Fungisei bio-fungicide for grapes

Seipasa, a Spanish company specialized in the development and formulation of bioinsecticides, bio-fungicides, and biostimulants for agriculture, has obtained the extension of the phytosanitary registry of t…

Overall supply volume expected to decline by 20%-30% compared to last season

First Chilean Muscat Beauty grapes of the season arrive on the Chinese market

This is the third year in a row that Frutacloud has supplied the Chinese market with Chilean Muscat Beauty grapes. The first Muscat Beauty grapes of the season have recently arrived in China, however the production areas suffered from extreme weather conditions and that is why the overall production…

It's official: South Africa's grape crop breaks previous record

The South African Table Grape Industry has released intake figures which show that two weeks ago the upper end of the crop estimate was already exceeded by the intakes of 71.8 million 4.5kg cartons. This will be the most grapes South Africa has ever produced, helped by a new generation of high-yielding…

EastFruit

Moldova might become less dependent on table grape exports to Russia

Experts from the various Moldovan table grapes associations have expressed the hope that this year’s weather will be more favourable than that of the previous two years. This will impact positively the quality of products, the volume and structure of their exports. There are reasons for optimism: the…

Best convenience packaging

Cultivar's grape packaging wins first prize at World Food Innovation Awards 2021

Cultivar, in partnership with Alzamora Group, has developed an innovative packaging format for grapes that has won the award for "Best Convenience packaging" at the World Food Innovation Awards 2021. In its evaluation, the jury highlighted the reduction of plastic use while maintaining functionality and aesthetic…

Ample volumes of red seedless grapes from Chile but split market on quality

The US grape market is currently receiving the bulk of their supplies from Chile, though there are already some low volumes coming out of Jalisco, Mexico, which is a new growing region that is now starting up. Mike Asdoorian of DLJ Produce shares: “Chile will go until April 10th with their largest…

Tracking all details of grape consignments from India

Apeda Blockchain solution to aid EU importers

Apeda’s Blockchain solution will help importers from the EU track all details of grape consignments from India. The Indian Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export…

'South African table grape consumption poised for growth in China'

The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) at the Jiangnonghui Fruit Wholesale market celebrated the launch of its inaugural China table grapes promotional campaign. The event furthermore symbolically marked the official beginning of the 2021 South African table grape season in China, which brings to…

Monsoon Green Earth Farms on the Indian grape season

“Overall volumes of exported grapes will be similar to last season”

The Indian grape season is in full swing and although there were some devastating losses due to rains earlier, the overall volumes exported for one specific exporter has remained similar to last year. Prices, however, seem to be better than they were last season, especially for the growers.  India has had…


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