Scott Reade, vice president of sales and marketing for Delano, Calif.-based Pandol Bros. Inc., said in an e-mail April 8 that the strike at Chile’s Port of San Antonio was over and that Pandol Bros. expected “big volume” the weeks of April 8 and April 15.
John Pandol, the company’s special projects manager, said that some late-season grapes bound for South Korea will instead be rerouted to North America.
Fruit will arrive after an April 10 deadline requiring a higher grade, but Pandol said it will have no trouble making the necessary No. 1 grade.
The strikes affected several Chilean ports, lasted three weeks and reduced shipments of Chilean copper, fruit and wood pulp, according to news stories.