Business updates: Coachella Grapes - The Packer

Business updates: Coachella Grapes

05/10/2010 10:40:34 AM
Tom Burfield

Drake Larson, partner at Drake Larson Sales, Thermal, Calif., has slashed volume of labor-intensive perlette table grapes to 20 acres, down from 60 acres.

The company replaced them with flame seedless, which are not as expensive to grow, he said. Green sugraone grapes have been overlapping with perlettes more and more in recent years. The perlette will be a “real niche variety” for the company, Larson said.

Sales staff at Stevco Inc. welcomes Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown, a graduate of Arizona State University, has joined the sales department at Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Stevco Inc., said president Dave Clyde.

The company expects to ship 450,000 cartons of flames, sugraones, summer royals, thompsons and scarlet royals from the Coachella Valley this year, starting the week of May 24 and continuing until the second week of July, Clyde said.

Sun World closes gap in tricolor clamshell packs

Bakersfield, Calif.-based Sun World International LLC should find it easier to ship tricolor packs this year after picking up a ranch that will provide flame seedless grapes in June, said Rick Paul, table grape category director.

The addition should enable the company to ship its Rainbow of Flavors clamshells from Coachella until early to mid-June then transition to the San Joaquin Valley and continue to ship for the rest of the season with no gap, Paul said.

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