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.
For the first time in its 31-year history, the Fresh Trends consumer survey included an ethnicity factor, providing crucial demographic data that can help retailers tailor assortments in individual stores and wholesalers better target their sales efforts by region.
Most table grape growers in California’s Coachella Valley will start production around April 28, about two weeks earlier than usual.
Retailers should expect Mexican grapes earlier than normal this year.
Marketing efforts for Mexican grapes often follow the spring and summer holiday schedule.
The Mexican table grape deal should be solid for promotions, with volumes coming into the U.S. early enough for Memorial Day and lasting through July Fourth.More Packer Stories for Grapes
Market Scope - Grapes, table — F.o.b.s as of April 14
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Harvest of perlette variety expected to begin the week of April 28. The Hermosillo Grape Growers Association expects to release its 2014 crop estimate on April 25. FIRST REPORT.
CHILE — Imports (500-658-458) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to decrease. Port of entry: Los Angeles. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. 8.2-kilogram containers bagged thompson seedless extra-large $26-28, large $24-26, medium $22-24; crimson seedless extra-large $26-28, large $24-26, medium $22-24; black seedless extra-large $26-28, large $24-26, medium $22-24; red globe extra-large $16-18, large $14-16, medium $12-14. Quality good. Port of entry: Philadelphia. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. 8.2-kilogram containers bagged. Thompson seedless extra-large $22-24, large $20-22, medium $16-18; crimson seedless extra-large $24-26, large $22-24, medium $20-22; black seedless extra-large $20-22, large $18-20, medium $16-18; red globe extra-large $16-18, large $14-16, medium $12-14. Quality good.
PERU — Imports (0-2-0) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to decrease as shipping season concludes. Ports of entry: Philadelphia and New York and port of entry: Southern California. Supplies insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. LAST REPORT.
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