A quick note of welcome to Perishable Pundit Jim Prevor to the world of Twitter. I followed Jim at @perishablepundt. Better late to the party than not show up at all, though I must say I have "scoreboard." At more than 4,200 tweets, @tckarst will be hard for Jim to catch.
I was in Hy-Vee Saturday and one of the produce clerks was stocking a refrigerated shelf with green seedless grapes, which are being promoted this week at $1.38 per pound. He told me those grapes were the very last the store had on hand and said he had called his supervisor to see if more were on the way.
Needless to say, a $1.38 per pound for Chilean seedless grapes is sizzling hot, and consumers are clearly responding to that deal. Whether or not most consumers make the connection that the seedless grapes come from Chile is debatable; I think many do. As coverage in The Packer this week indicates, arrivals from Chile during the week of March 15 will be quite limited, and it will be interesting to see what happens with grape pricing at retail in the next few weeks.
F.o.b. prices in Philadelphia for Chilean green seedless rose from $20 per carton on March 4 to $26 per carton on March 5.
Here is a Twitter search for grapes:
Here is the table from the USDA 2009 summary of shipments on the month to month availability of grapes.