That’s good news for table grapes, since the modern facilities have coolers and refrigerated trucks and can take much more volume, he said.
WTO ruling on COOL
At least one trade hurdle remains on the horizon — the possible fallout from country-of-origin-labeling requirements, Pandol said.
In response to complaints filed by Canada and Mexico, the World Trade Organization ruled in November 2011 that the U.S. violated global trade law and harmed agricultural commerce with COOL.
The ruling also could affect as many as 70 other countries that have similar labeling requirements.
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said in March that the U.S. planned to appeal the decision.
“I just hope that doesn’t blow up in our faces,” Pandol said.