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.
Sun World International LLC has promoted eight employees in a second round of recent changes at the company.
Frieda’s Inc. has created a new label for its champagne grapes clamshell.
The California Table Grape Commission has launched a Pinterest board to help promote the start of this year’s crop.
Derrick Bender is now vice president of new business development for Fowler Packing, a grower-packer-shipper of stone fruit, table grapes and clementines in Fowler, Calif.
Parker Anderson has moved up to account manager at Family Tree Farms Inc., Reedley, Calif., after working summers there while attending Fresno Pacific University, director of marketing Don Goforth said.
CHILE — Imports (381-263-186) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to decrease as shipping season draws to a close. Port of entry: Los Angeles. Trading moderate. Prices crimson seedless lower, others unchanged. 8-kilogram containers bagged, crimson seedless extra-large $18-20, large $16-18, medium $14-16; red globe extra-large $20-22, large $18-20, medium $16-18. Quality generally good. Port of entry: Philadelphia. Trading moderate. Prices crimson seedless lower, others unchanged. 8-kilogram containers bagged crimson seedless extra-large $18-20, large $16-18, medium $14-16; red globe extra-large $20-22, large $18-20, medium $16-18; autumn royal extra-large $20-22, large $18-20, medium $16-18. Quality generally good.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (0-0-3) — Movement of perlette variety expected to increase seasonally. Quality variable. First f.o.b. report of perlette variety was expected the week of May 13. Crossings also include light volumes of sugraone variety.
COACHELLA VALLEY DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments (0-2-2) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Most shippers expected to begin harvesting the week of May 13. Expected f.o.b. to begin around May 27. No f.o.b. issued as of May 13.