John Pandol (from left) of Pandol Bros., Gary Bird, retired senior produce buyer for Winco Foods LLC., and Miky Suarez of MAS Melons & Grapes, discuss retail trends and how they affect the grape category at the 2019 Sonora Spring Grape Summit in Tubac, Ariz. ( Chris Koger )

The spring summit highlighting the Mexican grape season will be in Tubac, Ariz., again.

The Table Grape Growers Association in Hermosillo, Mexico, brought the annual event to the Tubac Golf Resort & Spain 2019, and the event returns on March 19, according to a news release from the grower’s group, AALPUM.

“After many years of hosting this event in Hermosillo or San Carlos, Sonora, AALPUM’s board decided last year to host the event in southern Arizona,” the group’s general manager, Juan Laborin, said in the release. “Locating the event 40 minutes south of Tucson International Airport and reducing it to a half-day event allowed many more customers, distributors and government officials to attend.” 

The summit begins at with a lunch, followed by afternoon sessions, the official crop estimate, and a gala dinner.

Rooms have been reserved at the resort, and registration is available at www.summit.aalpum.org according to the release.

The Mexican grape season typically runs from late April until early July, and Mexico has exported more than 20 million boxes of table grapes in recent seasons, according to the release.

Room reservations can be made through the resort at https://tubacgolfresort.com or through AALPUM at +52 662-260-0176/+52 662-260-0177.

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