Divine Flavor, Nogales, Ariz., will ship Mexican grapes, like these Sweet Celebrations, through the third week in July. ( Courtesy Divine Flavor )

Divine Flavor, Nogales, Ariz., is winding down its Mexican table grape program for the season, but the company plans to have grapes through the third week of July.

“In past seasons, we had some great varieties hitting markets towards the end of June-early July and our customers and their customers loved that,” Carlos Bon Jr., sales manager, said in a news release. “Through strategic planning and careful execution, we mapped out a way to have those special, late season varieties available past the 4th of July weekend and into the later parts of the month before retailers completely switch over to California.” 

Overall, supplies of green, red and black grapes are a bit tight, according to the release, and there have been reports of total Mexican table grape volume short of the 20.6 million projected cartons, due to cool weather in the spring and extreme heat during some of the harvest.

The late-season supplies allow Divine Flavor to extend the traditional with better varieties, according to the release.

“Of course, there will always be weather concerns out of our control and the situation with COVID was another factor, but having good quality fruit this time of year has come in handy,” Bon said in the release. “We’re in a good position to help bridge the gap from Mexico to California harvesting at peak flavor weeks in Caborca.”

The company is harvesting Cotton Candy and Gummy Berries varieties, and the last shipments of Sweet Celebration and Krissy (reds), and Sweet Globe and Autumn Crisp (white seedless). The Jelly Berry variety, however, did have problems this season.

“At our biggest ranches, it has been a learning year for us as we’ve been waiting for the jelly-like flavor to fully mature,” Bon said in the release. We still have hopes of harvesting this grape with it meeting the desired flavor, but if it doesn’t meet our expectations we won’t pack it because we want the best flavor for the customers.”

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