Quality Summit for grape industry in May

Thu 05/05/2022 by Richard Wilkinson

Hazel Technologies Inc. is hosting a Grape Quality Summit the first week of May. The one-hour event will be held on Friday May 6th and will feature speakers with expertise in the table grape category amidst the North American table grape season.

Speakers will include Anne-Marie Roerink, founder and principal at 210 Analytics, LLC and Mario Cervantes, director of business development – ag tech at Hazel Technologies. The summit will also include grower perspectives discussing current headwinds and tailwinds for the category.

With more than 20 years of marketing and research experience, Roerink specialises in qualitative and quantitative analysis for food retail. She has an acute understanding of the ever-changing nature of the consumer and founded 210 Analytics, LLC in 2009 to help agribusiness professionals throughout the supply chain better understand the market. Roerink’s presentation will highlight the successes table grapes have seen over the last year.

“Grape sales at retail have been very strong recently. As the ideal kid snack or as part of a fancy charcuterie board, grapes’ versatility drove $3.6 billion in sales during the latest 52 weeks. This was an increase of 7.2 percent versus a year ago,” said Roerink.

The Summit will close with Cervantes discussing a Hazel® 2021 trial conducted alongside Oppy®and Brar Farms® while elaborating on postharvest technologies for the grape industry.

“It is amazing to see the impact our flagship technology is making for table grapes,” said Cervantes. “With greener stems arriving around the world, we are delivering a solution helping mitigate the world’s current supply chain issues. I’m excited to dive deeper into the trial results we have seen over the last year at the summit.”

The Grape Quality Summit is a free event and will offer both English and Spanish translations.

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