Following China’s president Xi Jinping’s trip to Portugal in December 2018, several bilateral agreements have been sealed, including a protocol allowing Portugal to export table grapes to China. Portugal has also agreed to join China’s “One Belt, one Road” initiative, which could have significant implications on the flow of agriculture trade between the EU and China. The Portuguese port of Sines will be part of this initiative to promote the connection between Europe and Asia in sectors such as transport, energy and trade.
Chinese market opens to Portuguese grapes
Strong projections for California grape exports to Asia
Worldwide demand for fresh grape exports from California continues to be high.
During the 2015-2016 season, California´s table grape growers harvested their third largest crop ever, sending 110.5 million boxes of grapes to more than 55 countries around the world, and setting a new record for crop value at US 1.83 billion.
Asia is the biggest export region for California, and geographically that makes a lot of sense because is just across the Pacific Ocean. Without Canada, which is a very large market, Asia is just under 56% of the total, so it is quite significant.
World demand grows for Italian seedless grapes
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.
Increased Asian demand for Peruvian foodstuffs
An early season for Puglia table grapes
An early harvest, larger volumes and the return of seedless varieties: these seem to be the characteristics of the 2016 grape season in Italy.
“The year 2016 for table grapes in Puglia,” according to Giacomo Suglia, president of the APEO (Puglia Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association), “has come a few weeks early, as a result of the somewhat unusual weather conditions over the winter, namely higher-than-average temperatures for the season, although in the spring period there has been plenty of rain which has, in part, reduced the lead.
Record exports of Australian grapes
Experts believe Japan could easily become Australia’s second-biggest trading partner after China, according to Australian Table Grape Association CEO Jeff Scott.
Scott said there has been growth in only two categories in the Japanese fresh produce market — table grapes and kiwifruit, reports The Weekly Times.
Americans spend $170m more on table grapes
The fresh table grape category was worth $2.7 billion in retail sales in the United States in the 52 weeks to May 28 this year, a figure 6.7% higher – equal to $169.6 million – than that for the same period a year ago.
Nielsen figures also show that the volume of fresh table grapes sold at retail also increased, rising 6.2% to a total of more than 1.21 billion pounds.
Indeed, there was not just growth in the overall grape category but in all subcategories, and in both volume and value.
Small rise in grape sales in UK
Thanks largely to shoppers buying them more often, retail sales of fresh table grapes in the UK are up 2.2% on last year to 227.9 million kg.
Kantar Worldpanel data also shows that the 5.5% rise in the frequency of grape purchases helped push up the grape spend to a total of £775.9 million for the 52 weeks to May 22. That total is 1.6% higher than the value of the grape market the previous year.
Australians buying less but paying more for grapes
Ermes values potential of traditional grape varieties
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.