Grapes maintained their standing as the No. 3 fruit in Fresh Trends this year, but in 2013 they share the spotlight with strawberries as the third most-popular fruit.
An extra 1 million boxes or more of grapes are expected to be exported from Chile’s Copiapo Valley this season.
Martin Zaninovich, co-founder of Delano, Calif.-based Jasmine Vineyards Inc. and a leader in the California table grape industry at a critical time in its history, died Dec. 9.
Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. is recalling more than 3,000 consumer packages of 34 different fresh-cut fruit products that contain sliced Gala red apples from Pennsylvania that tested positive for listeria contamination.
Higher attendance and new educational session topics are planned for the 2015 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, Ga.
A tasting of raisin varieties will be on offer during California Raisin Day Dec. 3 in Fresno, Calif.More Packer Stories for Grapes
Market Scope - Grapes, table — F.o.b.s as of Dec. 8
KERN DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments — (469-250-310) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading fairly slow. Prices autumn king lower, others generally unchanged. 19-pound containers bagged. Crimson seedless large mostly $20.95-22.95; red globe large $18.95-20.95; autumn king extra-large mostly $24.95-26.95, large mostly $20.95-22.95. Extra services included.
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments (119-146-76) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading fairly slow. Prices generally unchanged. 19-pound containers bagged. Crimson seedless large mostly $18.95, medium $14.95-16.95; autumn king large mostly $22.95; extra services included.
PERU — Imports (6-67-17) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to increase. Trading moderate. Prices thompson seedless and sugraone higher, others unchanged. 18-pound containers bagged thompson seedless extra-large $34-36, large $32-34, medium $30-32; sugraone extra-large $38-40, large $36-38, medium $34-36; flame seedless extra-large $34-36, large $32-34, medium $30-32; crimson seedless extra-large $34-36, large $32-34, medium $30-32; red globe extra-large $22-24, large $20-22, medium $18-20. Quality good.
CHILE — Imports (0-0-0) — Imports via boat. First arrivals were expected the week of Dec. 15. Sufficient volume and number of importers were expected by the week of Dec. 15. FIRST REPORT.
BRAZIL — Imports (0-0-0) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to end. LAST REPORT.