He also said Nov. 1 that California crimsons weren’t coloring up yet due to high temperatures earlier in the growing season, and that could affect how that crop fares at retail.
“We’ve seen record sales volumes during September and October,” he said of California grapes. “There is a lot of fruit in storage, but that product should move well over the next few weeks.”
The USDA reported Nov. 13 that 19-pound containers of bagged, large and extra-large crimson seedless grapes from California were $18.55. Large and extra-large red globes were $16.55-18.55, and extra-large autumn kings were $22.55.
Grant said volume for Brazilian grapes is down significantly from past seasons, and growers in Chile are being offered high program prices on items such as grapes and stone fruit by retailers who want to be assured of volume.
“We think Chile grape volume will hit a good early market,” he said. “While we hope for stable prices through the next few months, I think we’ll see a lot of price volatility through January.”