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.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced $173 million in fiscal year 2015 funding for the Market Access Program and $26.7 million for the Foreign Market Development Program to more than 60 organizations.
Lower volumes and an earlier end to the season should mean continued strong demand for California grapes.
A strike of Los Angeles port truck drivers expanded the week before Thanksgiving as truckers with drayage companies joined the labor action, adding potential fuel to the fire in a standoff between dockworkers and the Pacific Maritime Association that’s slowed imports and exports – including fresh produce.
Pretty Lady brand grapes has partnered with Pink Lady brand apples on a seasonal promotion featuring a new holiday recipe.
California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Board has until Dec. 1 to explain to the California Court of Appeals whether it abused its discretion when it refused to count ballots last year regarding the unionization of employees at Gerawan Farming Inc.More Packer Stories for Grapes
Market Scope - Grapes, table — F.o.b.s as of Nov. 17
KERN DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments — (509-529-467) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading fairly slow. Prices generally unchanged 19-pound containers bagged. Crimson seedless extra-large mostly $20.95, large mostly $18.95; red globe large $16.95-18.95; autumn king extra-large mostly $22.95, large mostly $20.95; autumn royal extra-large mostly $22.95, large mostly $20.95. Extra services included.
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments (134-154-119) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading fairly slow. Prices generally unchanged. 19-pound containers bagged. Crimson seedless large mostly $18.95, medium $14.95-16.95; red globe large mostly $16.95; autumn king extra-large mostly $22.95, large mostly $20.95; autumn royal large $16.95-18.95. Extra services included
PERU — Imports (3-1-1) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to increase. Sufficient volume and number of importers to report an f.o.b. were expected by end of the week of Nov. 24. FIRST REPORT.
BRAZIL — Imports (0-0-0) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to increase. Expect sufficient volume and number of importers by end of the week of Dec. 1. FIRST REPORT.