California table grape growers enjoy strong season - The Packer

California table grape growers enjoy strong season

08/19/2014 09:33:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

Atomic Torosian, a partner in Crown Jewels Produce LLC, agreed and said his firm will “still be rockin’ along” with California table grapes until about the first week of December.

“We have some good quality fruit and are packing more and more in clamshells and (high-graphic) plastic bags,” he said.

The Fresno-based marketer will offer a host of later-season varieties, including crimson, autumn king, autumn royal, scarlet royal, Krissy red seedless and vintage red, Torosian said.

Justin Bedwell, president of Madera-based Bari Produce LLC, said there should be plenty of grapes after Labor Day, particularly some of the newer varieties that peak during the second half of the season.

Bari Produce is handling a lot more of the scarlet royal and autumn king.

“The nice thing about (autumn king) is it’s bigger and tastes better, but the production also is better,” he said.

Stockton said Sundale’s season was just getting started in mid-July, but quality was good. The grower-packer, which is heavy in the later-season varieties, plans to increase overall volume by about 10% this season.

Stockton said he also expected to see continued growth of Sundale’s bicolor and tricolor clamshell packs put up at its in-house pack facility. The multicolor packs are available in 2, 3 and 4 pounds.

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