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World demand grows for Italian seedless grapes

Many of the Italian growers’ new plantings are of the seedless variety but Italian seeded grapes continue to be synonymous with quality and tradition.

Seedless varieties are the new frontier for Italian table grapes, as the steadily increasing demand from consumers and the closure of some markets point in that direction even though traditional varieties maintain their high level of quality.

This year Italian grapes are showing good quality, the yield per hectare has been 25% lower than forecast, acidity is low and degrees Brix high, so it is fair to say that the objectives are being met. Where the growth lies, however, is above all in seedless grapes, and in fact all the new plantings are moving in that direction.

The main problems would seem to be on the export side, where several doors have recently closed.

Fruitimprese vice-chairman Giacomo Suglia said the closing of the Russian market was a real disaster for the Italian sector. “A short while ago, Canada also forbade imports of Italian table grapes, and in the Far East too, a number of markets are still closed,” he said.

However, the world trend is showing clear growth in the demand for Italian seedless grapes and Italian growers are readying themselves for the future.

 

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Ermes values potential of traditional grape varieties

Founded in 1985 at Noicattaro (Bari), Ermes specialises in growing and selling table grapes, offering all varieties, both seeded and seedless.

One of the commercial strategies of the Ermes company is to achieve maximum flexibility in the packaging field to enable it to handle the most varied orders, even last minute ones, providing a sort of global service. Ermes chairman Giacomo Suglia also suggests a further possibility that could come from renewed appreciation of traditional varieties. “In my opinion we need to reevaluate traditional grapes such as the Italia variety, which we can offer as fresh fruit throughout the season instead of out of a cold store and which is still a strong contender on both the Italian market and European markets such as Spain, Switzerland and France.”

Founded in 1985 at Noicattaro (Bari), Ermes specialises in growing and selling table grapes, offering all varieties, both seeded and seedless. The company has a very modern facility for processing and refrigerating the fruit, with a floor space of around 3000 m² on a surface area of 12,000 m², and complies with all the health and hygiene self-monitoring standards. The modern refrigeration system ensures absolute product quality and the skilled team available for round-the-clock operation enables it to respond to all the clients’ demands.