( Courtesy Sun World Innovations )

Sun World Innovations, Palm Desert, Calif., has chosen a group of companies to import and market proprietary grapes in North America.

The May 23 announcement follows Sun World International’s decision to focus on genetics and breeding through Sun World Innovations, and exit all farming activities.

Ten companies now have licenses to distribute and market Sun World varieties in the U.S. and Canada, according to a news release:

  • Camposol Fresh U.S.A. Inc.;
  • The Oppenheimer Group;
  • Dayka & Hackett LLC;
  • Divine Flavor International LLC;
  • Dole Fresh Fruit Co.;
  • Fresh Flavor International Inc.;
  • North American Produce Buyers Ltd. CCPC;
  • Summit Produce Inc.;
  • Vanguard Direct LLC; and
  • William H. Kopke Jr./Southern Fruit Import Co.

The grapes they’re marketing are grown by Sun World Innovations-licensed growers in Chile, Peru, Brazil and South Africa. Those growers “nominated” the fruit marketers, according to the release.

The proprietary varieties include Autumn Crisp, Midnight Beauty and Scarlotta Seedless.

“We’re pleased to invite these prominent fruit import companies to join the Sun World family as we further broaden our Southern Hemisphere licensed producers and exporters’ distribution reach into key American and Canadian markets,” David Marguleas, Sun World Innovations president, said in the release.

In early May, Sun World International LLC, Bakersfield, Calif., announced it was selling its farms to investors that contracted Sun Pacific to manage and harvest the grapes, to be marketed by a new company, Famous Vineyards.

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