Grape export volume remains strong

06/23/2010 12:59:42 PM
Tom Burfield

Export volume varies a bit from year to year at Fresno-based Crown Jewels Marketing & Distribution LLC, said partner Atomic Torosian. But the company typically exports about 15% of its volume, largely the autumn royal and red globe varieties.

Those same varieties are the major export grapes for the Chuck Olsen Co., but the firm also exports some crimsons and scarlet royals, Olsen said. The company ships its exports in foam containers packed 77 or 78 per pallet. The firm exports about 25% of its volume.

Crimson seedless is the variety that Castle Rock typically exports to the United Kingdom, Llano said, and the red globe ships mostly to Asia. Buyers in Hong Kong and China have expressed interest in the black seedless autumn royal variety.

Not long ago, most export buyers wanted plain-pack grapes, Llano said, but today most prefer bags, like those that domestic retailers use.

Export requirements vary by country among Pandol Bros. customers, Kieva said.

“(Buyers) are very specific on size and color,” she said. “They usually like a large grape with a full color.”


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