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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.

Concerns over India’s grape exports

Concerns over India’s grape exports

Published on Mar 07th, 2019

India’s grape exports are dwindling, despite a surge in shipments to the EU. The 19% rise in volumes sent to the European Union failed to offset the drop in exports to other key global markets, such as Russia, Sri Lanka, among others. Speaking to India Times, Jagath Khapre, president of the Indian Grape Exporters’ Association, said, “Our estimate is that the export to other countries is lagging by at least 50 per cent as compared to the previous year.

Spanish grapes to enter China

Spanish grapes to enter China

Published on Feb 20th, 2019

Spanish grapes have gained access to the lucrative Chinese market. The agreement was signed in December and follows two years of work to obtain the necessary protocol. Spain is the EU’s leading producer of seedless table grapes, which are particularly popular in China. Spain is also working on finalising bilateral protocols with China for strawberry and cherries. The agreements come as demand for fruit in China is increasing.

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Sun World’s export growth leads to increased sales and worldwide brand recognition

Sun World’s export growth leads to increased sales and worldwide brand recognition

Published on Dec 17th, 2018

Grape category leader Sun World International has seen its exports grow tremendously in recent years. This increase can be attributed to strong brand presence overseas and strengthened partnerships with receivers. For the past three years, export volumes have risen by an average of 40% each year. Sun World’s vice-president of international sales and marketing, Julie Escobar, said, “Despite a difficult grape season, we continue to achieve our strategic export goals.

US government buys $10 million worth of Californian grapes

US government buys $10 million worth of Californian grapes

Published on Dec 10th, 2018

The USDA has purchased over 450,000 boxes of California table grapes, worth over $10 million. The measure is aimed at softening the effects of the current trade war with China, which has led to the Asian giant increasing tariffs on a range of US imports, including a 53% levy on fresh grapes. Export volumes of California grapes to China are down 42%, while, in value terms, they have fallen 41% compared to 2017, according to USDA data.

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