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New meeting point for global grape sector

New meeting point for global grape sector

Global Grape Congress will bring together key players in the fresh table grape category to connect and share their experience and expertise. Held digitally on 30th June, a combination of talks, interviews and discussions will allow an in-depth look at the business, including the development of new varieties, new technologies and new markets.

Expert speakers will offer insight into all areas of the table grape business, including key challenges like climate change and Covid-19.

Global Grape Congress 2021 represents an unmissable opportunity to grow your own business in fresh grapes.

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India’s grape exports to the EU fall 18%  

India’s grape exports to the EU fall 18%  
Photo: Maylen grape harvest – Seasonz

Grape exports to the EU from India have dropped nearly 18% this season, reports Financial Express. Exports to the EU totalled 74.9 million tons in 2020-21 (December-April). Vilas Shinde, chairman of the Sahayadri Farmers Producer Company, said the harvest was delayed by 15-20 days as unseasonal rains delayed pruning of vineyards. Normally by September, around 25% of the pruning is completed and another 20% is completed by October 15. 

“Now a glut-like situation is happening because the harvesting is in full swing resulting in high arrivals simultaneously from most vineyards. This is posing as a major challenge to growers, exporters and even buyers in Europe because of the lack of storage facilities,” Shinde said. 

Jagannath Khapre, president of the All India Grape Exporters Association, said that while the season has been slow, exports should pick up momentum in the next few weeks. Of the 74.9 million tons of grapes exported so far this season, 49.9 million tons have been exported to the Netherlands, 12.3 million tons to the UK, and 6.9 million tons to Germany. 

 

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Seazons International expects to harvest 15,000 tons of Thompson grapes

Seazons International expects to harvest 15,000 tons of Thompson grapes
Photo: Azhar Tambuwala, Director of Seazons

Seazons International is a confluence of experience and expertise, along with ethics and professionalism, thanks to dedicating over two decades of passion to agribusiness, including conventional, organic and processed fruits and vegetables.

For this campaign, the company intends to export approximately 15,000 tons of grapes (mainly Thompson). The firm’s first production of Arra 15 (Sweeties) saw around 500 tons exported with good arrival results, while its first production of the Maylen variety yielded 40 tons and is being shipped now, with the company eagerly awaiting its arrival. 

The major markets for Seazons International are the EU, the Middle East, the Far East, Russia and Canada. Packing needs and specifications differ from market to market, as well as within the same market, since every customer has unique needs. 

Seazons’ strategy for this year is to ensure better quality standards and less speculation. The firm’s director Azhar Tambuwala said: “We have been working with new varieties for many years now and the fruit of our work is finally paying off now with the first harvests of Sweeties and Maylen. We are also working with other Grapa and SNFL varieties, which are currently in quarantine and will be planted later this year.” 

This is an exciting time for the Indian grape industry, as if the varieties are successful, this will change the landscape of the table grape industry in the country.

 

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EU grape crop shrinks

EU grape crop shrinks
Photo: Eurofresh Distribution

The EU’s 2020/21 (June/May) table grape crop is forecast to drop by 11% y-o-y, according to USDA data, mostly due to smaller harvests in main producer Italy (-20%), where severe frosts occurred during flowering at the end of March. Mid-September rains and hailstorms contributed to the decline. Production decreases are also forecast in Bulgaria (-7.1%), and Spain (-4.5%). However, increased quantities are forecast in France (+8.7%), Romania (+3.7%), Portugal (+1.2%), and Greece (+1.1%). Overall fruit quality is forecast to be excellent with higher sugar content due to hot temperatures in July, August, and early September.

 

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Heavy rains severely damage Indian grape crops

Heavy rains severely damage Indian grape crops
Photo: Mersel

The unseasonal rains that hit India last week have left the country’s grape farmers facing severe losses. The damage could reduce exports to the EU and UK by as much as 25% over the coming weeks between Weeks 12 and Week 16.

The unseasonal rains are considered serious cause for concern as they are viewed as a result of global climate change. This has led to a rising clamour in the sector to shift towards more sustainable methods of living and working that safeguard the environment.

 

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Russian grape imports to dip slightly

EU grape crop shrinks
Photo: Eurofresh Distribution

One of the world’s leading importers of table grapes, Russia’s 2020/2021 imports of table grapes are projected to decline slightly to 280,000 tons, due to the continuing decline in Russian consumers’ purchasing power, according to a report by the USDA.  Nevertheless, in the June-August 2020 period, Russia imported 70,070 tons of table grapes worth $80.6 million, up 20% from the same period last year, which was a record. Supply from countries, such as Turkey, Uzbekistan, Egypt, which sell more affordable product, is going up. Even during the off-season, Russians continue to buy table grapes from the South Hemisphere for events and special occasions. Local production of table grapes covers only 7% of domestic demand and most are sold through the retail sector.  

 

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India expects small grape crop for second year in succession

India expects small grape crop for second year in succession
Photo: GKC

India’s 2019/20 crop totalled 2.28 million tons, 21% lower than the previous year’s volume due to adverse weather and many vineyards infested by fungal diseases, which affected grape quality. USDA estimates for 2020/21 are for a similar volume. India is a major consumer of grapes. In 2020/21, imports are expected to rise 8% to 8,000 tons due to decreased domestic supplies. China accounts for around two-thirds of the imported volume, followed by Afghanistan (9%) and the US (8%).

India is also a major exporter of fresh table grapes. 2020/21 table grape exports are projected at 150,000 tons, down 19% from 2019/20, due to lower production and reduced product quality. Over 50% of Indian grape exports are shipped to the EU and the UK. The top three destinations are the Netherlands (29%), Bangladesh (17%), and Russia (12%).

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The Peruvian grape season begins with prospects for growth in exports of premium varieties

The Peruvian grape season begins with prospects for growth in exports of premium varieties
Press release & photo: San Miguel

By the end of 2020, San Miguel begins its Peruvian grape season. From the North of the country, the company ships this fruit mainly to the United States and China. As a result of a number of measures taken to improve fruit quality, export volume grows, mainly Sweet Globe®, the most exported seedless variety in the world. 

Argentina, November 26, 2020.- San Miguel starts the 2020/2021 Peruvian grape season with great expectations and projections to increase production by almost one thousand tons. Almost 7,700 tons of this export fruit, mostly of the Sweet Globe® variety, will be sent from the South American country primarily to the United States and China.

In addition to the challenges that the company had to face to continue operating during the Covid-19 pandemic, this year temperatures were lower than the historical average in Peru.  Fortunately, the Peruvian grape season began without problems in November. “We have implemented a number of corrective measures that have allowed us to reach the harvest season having mitigated risks,” said Pablo Zócalo, Operations Manager at San Miguel in Peru. 

“The fruit looks very well, with well-formed and homogeneous clusters. We have been working hard to improve quality. We have put nets to prevent birds from reaching the trees in 70% of our fields and we have finished consolidating the packing operation into a single facility within the farm with the support of a strategic partner. This allows us to accelerate transfer times, minimizing dehydration losses and maximizing the use of this crop,” continued Pablo.

Peruvian grapes are exported mainly to the United States, followed by China and some European countries. This year we expect the Peruvian grape volume to grow 15% from the previous season, specially the premium varieties, which are mainly sent to this North American country. 

San Miguel has been growing its presence in the United States, consolidating in the 2019/20 season as the second Peruvian exporter of green seedless grapes to this country. The Sweet Globe® variety enters during a strategic window, in the California grape transition and prior to the entry of Chilean grapes. To complement the supply of green grapes, San Miguel also offers the Sugar Crisp® variety within this window. “At this destination our top focus is to develop greater depth in our programs with the main supermarkets. We have been working with these retailers for several years now” highlights Anya Jaworski, Avocado and Grape Manager at San Miguel 

On the other hand, China, the world’s largest grape producer, has been increasing its green seedless grape production. “The presence of local green seedless grapes helps a lot to drive demand in the counter-season because Chinese consumers start to incorporate them in their consumption habits and expect to find them in the shelves all year round. We enter in an early window, just before the Chinese New Year, with a premium quality grape. That is why we expect a good demand for the transition between their own fruit and counter-season fruit,” explains Anya Jaworski, Product Manager for Avocado and Grapes at San Miguel. 

All varieties commercialized by San Miguel from Peru are premium, seedless and have good flavor. Green grapes account for 74% of production, mostly Sweet Globe®, the most demanded variety and known as “the queen of green grapes” for its sweet flavor, great size and crunchy texture. On the other hand, 24% are Sugar Crisp® grapes, which are harvested and sent just when the shipments of the former are finishing (near New Year), complementing supply. As regards red grapes, the company commercializes Jack’s Salute®, the most demanded variety of this segment. 

In addition to usual sales, this year 2020 San Miguel has piloted the fall harvest of Sugar Crisp®, and this is the first time that double harvest for export is explored with this variety in Peru. Eighteen hectares were harvested and 12 containers were exported. Thanks to the success of this first experience, the company plans to conduct double harvest in 100% of Sugar Crisp fields (80 hectares) in 2021. 

San Miguel in Peru: The advantages of multi-origin production

In Peru, the Argentine company has more than 1,200 hectares where mandarins, avocado and grapes are produced. The major destinations for Peruvian fresh fruit are the United States, followed by Asia and Europe. The Argentine Company settled in Peru in 2017, when it purchased Agrícola Hoja Redonda S.A., adding a strategic point of origin due its exit to the Pacific Ocean.

San Miguel has operations in 4 of the major citrus producing and exporting countries in the Southern Hemisphere: Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and South Africa. Production in multiple points of origin enhances the company’s stability and sustainability, since it allows it to improve access to markets while contributing to mitigate the main risks associated to the activity, related to weather, phytosanitary and macroeconomic factors. This strong situation allows it to have an outlook into the future that takes into account the wellbeing of the nearby communities.

About San Miguel
San Miguel is the leading company in the Southern Hemisphere in the production and distribution of fresh citrus and natural citrus ingredients from different points of origin (Argentina, Uruguay, South Africa and Peru) to supply customers in more than 80 countries.
The company is constantly enlarging its product portfolio, developing new products and adding value at each stage of the production process, with Sustainability as a priority throughout its operation.
More information: www.sanmiguelglobal.com

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Economic slowdown to reduce China’s grape imports 

Economic slowdown to reduce China’s grape imports 
Photo: by Eurofresh Distribution

China’s grape production is expected to rise 4% to around 11 million tons in MY 2020/21 due to continued enhancements in crop management techniques, according to a FAS China report. Following the economic slowdown brought about by Covid-19, fruit purchases have fallen, which will mean that imports are likely to decline in MY 2020/21. Domestic grapes have been substituted for imported grapes. However, the import of tropical fruit and fruit from Southern Hemisphere countries (during China’s off- season) is expected to remain relatively strong.

FAS China forecasts grape acreage at 728,000 hectares in MY 2020/21, slightly up from the previous year. Although grape area has stabilised, farmers have increased planting acreage of popular varieties such as Shine-Muscat, Summer Black, Jumbo Muscat, Gold Finger, and Crimson Seedless to replace traditional varieties such as Red Globe and Kyoho. Due to the rapid rise in production, the price of Shine-Muscat dropped more than 50% this year. However, this variety’s price remains high compared to traditional varieties.  

 

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US and Chile vie for share of competitive South Korean grape market

US and Chile vie for share of competitive South Korean grape market

With South Korea’s domestic production of grapes falling, the country is relying ever more on imports. This opens up opportunities for the world’s major producers, especially Chile, with whom South Korea signed a Free Trade Agreement in 2004. Despite government efforts to protect the domestic grape industry by imposing higher tariffs, the share of imported grapes continues to rise. Chile, which benefitted from its early FTA access, has the highest market share. However, US grape imports have also been on the rise since South Korea removed its off-season tariffs in 2016.

South Korea’s aging farming population is another contributory factor to the decline in production, but the increased popularity of the Shine Musket variety, which is grown locally, has slowed the fall in domestic grape cultivation. South Korean consumers seek diversity in grape varieties, which has led to the introduction of new varieties every season. They are also willing to pay higher prices for premium products. Indeed, the price of grapes has continued to rise as demand still exceeds supply. The overall grape market in South Korea, which was once stagnant, is now projected to continue growing due to strong consumer demand.