It is amazing that California shipped just 20 million boxes in 1971. Output rose to 50 million by 1982, 70 million by 1995 and 90 billion boxes in 1997. And now 100 million plus.
The latest FreshFacts report from Nielsen Perishables and United Fresh shows fourth quarter retail grape sales were up an amazing 14.8%, pushed higher by a 0.9% gain in volume and a 13.8% rise in the average price, to $2.21 per pound.
To continue that thought, how is the Chilean season going? USDA stats show season to date grape imports from Chile are off 5% so far; USDA's retail promotion report reveals that promoted prices are up and the number of stores promoting grapes are down. The March 8 report show white seedless grapes were promoted at 6,102 stores at an average price of $.248 per pound. That compares with last year at the same time, when white seedless grapes were promoted at 8,065 stores at an average price of $1.66 per pound.
Of passing note
USDA reports that U.S. imports of fresh vegetables from October 2012 through January 2013 totaled $2.1 billion, up 1.1% compared with the same period last year.