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Chinese grape sector develops

Chinese grape sector develops

Published on Dec 04th, 2019

 

China’s 2019/20 table grape imports are estimated to be down almost 5% to 250,000 tons, due to the improved quantity and quality of the domestic crop. China’s main sources for grape imports are in the Southern Hemisphere (Chile, Peru and Australia) during the off-season, while the US is traditionally China’s main grape supplier in the Northern Hemisphere. However, the trade dispute with the US has led China to grant access to Spanish and Portuguese grapes.

Sun World Grants New Fruit Licenses in Chile and Peru 

Sun World Grants New Fruit Licenses in Chile and Peru 

Published on Nov 28th, 2019

Palm Desert, Calif. – Sun World International, LLC. has added a Chilean and two Peruvian grape companies, Pronto Exports, Agrícola Interandina, and Sun Fruits, to its list of licensees worldwide. The partnership with Sun World will allow Pronto Exports, Agrícola Interandina, Sun Fruits, to expand and build their table grape profile with Sun World varieties giving them access to domestic and international markets. 

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Australia prepares for record grape harvest

Australia prepares for record grape harvest

Published on Nov 13th, 2019

 

Australia expects a record table grape crop in 2019/20, with output up 14% to 240,000 tons, according to FAS data. The main factor is the growth in production area due to the profitability of the fruit and strong demand in recent years. Vine plantings are increasing by about 20% each year, which will lead to further growth as young plants reach maturity. Growing conditions were not ideal, with droughts across many production areas. Nevertheless, high returns offset the water costs. 

EU grape crop production continues to fall

EU grape crop production continues to fall

Published on Nov 12th, 2019

 

FAS EU reports that the EU is set for a 14% fall in its grape crop in 2019/20 (June/May), mainly due to a fall in the main producing country, Italy, where output fell 25% due to heavy rains during flowering. Production is also down in Romania (-12%) and Greece (-1.4%), while the crops are larger this year in France (+10.3%), Bulgaria (+9.2%), and Portugal (+1.2%). Volumes in Spain are expected to remain flat. 

Spanish grapes gain access to Chinese market

Italian grape sector fights to stop decline

Italian grape sector fights to stop decline

Published on Sep 12th, 2019

 

Italy’s grape sector is desperately trying to stop the alarming decline in production. Since 2008, the country’s production area has shrunk by 66%, from 70,870ha to 46,850ha. To reverse this trend, the sector is working to improve quality, innovation and promotion. Despite the decline, Italy is still Europe’s leading producer (over 1 million tons), with Puglia and Sicily leading the way. One area in which Italy needs to change is in its varieties, which for now are mainly with seeds, whereas the trend is now very much for seedless. 

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Bright prospects for Greek grape campaign

Bright prospects for Greek grape campaign

Published on Aug 08th, 2019

Despite starting two weeks later than usual, the first indicators are that this Greek season will be a good one. Unusual weather conditions have led to a slight delay, but the quality is said of the seedless grapes is reported to be excellent, with very good sizes. The first Greek grapes (red seedless) come from Crete, while the harvests from the rest of Greece are still a month away. The Cretan grapes join the Italian and Egyptian fruit that is already on the market.

Record Australian grape exports to China 

Record Australian grape exports to China 

Published on Aug 07th, 2019

As the 2019 Australian grape season draws to a close, exporters are looking back on a highly successful campaign, with record volumes exported to China and good quality thanks to favourable growing conditions. Australian table grapes entered China ten years ago. Today, the giant Asian market accounts for about 37% of Australia’s total export volume of 110,000 tons. 

South Africa deciduous fruit production recovers

South Africa deciduous fruit production recovers

Published on Jun 20th, 2019

South Africa’s grape production continues to expand, with new production areas reaching their full potential and some wine grape areas being diverted to table grapes. Exports have risen in parallel with this increase in output. The increases come despite the recent drought conditions that affected the 2018/19 crop, according to data from USDA. Apple and pear production levels are not expected to return to normal until the 2019/20 season. Phytosanitary restrictions limit apple exports to the US, with fruit only allowed from areas that are free of Rhagoletis pomonella (apple maggot).

Chilean table grape production falls along with exports

Chilean table grape production falls along with exports

Published on May 21st, 2019

In MY2018/19, Chile is expected to register a fall of 4.5% in table grape production, to 870,000 tons. This decline is partly due to a drop in yields due to an unusually hot summer and a decrease in planted area, especially in the Copiapó valley in the north. Chile’s table grape planted area in MY2018/19 totalled 47,800 ha – a shrinkage of 8% from the previous campaign, in the face of increasing competition from Peru in the US market. The majority of Chile’s 16,300 table grape vineyards are small or medium-sized.

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