Expect early start, higher volume from Mexico for grapes

04/12/2012 12:42:00 PM
Tom Burfield

Since volume should be greater than usual, workers will have plenty of bunches to choose from when they’re thinning, resulting in better quality bunches, he said.

He expects perlettes to start around May 1-3 and flames about four or five days later.

Grupo Molina, which grows grapes marketed by Fresh Farms, Nogales, Ariz., continues to take out old vines and plant new ones, said Jerry Havel, director of sales and marketing.

The grower should have 2 million boxes this season.

“It looks like we’re going to have a very nice crop of excellent quality grapes and promotable volumes on all varieties,” Havel said in mid-March.

Pacific Trellis Fruit, Reedley, Calif., expects to start shipping from Mexico the first week of May, as usual, said Dirk Winkelmann, international business development director.

“We’re going back to much more of a normal circumstance as far as startup time of the crop,” he said.

When Galvan returned to Fruit Royale from a trip to Mexico in early March, he reported ideal weather and “absolutely nothing negative” on the quality front.


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