Posts Tagged “California table grape shipments”

South American Imports are Earlier with Concerns over California Quality

By |

California table grape shipments for the remainder of the season will definitely be lighter and some observers are expressing concerns about late season quality. The California season in winding down, while South America is ramping up.

The California Table Grape Commission claims there should be good volume through early January.

While fewer grapes remain in storage compared to a year ago, plenty of fruit remains to be shipped. Typically around 46 percent of California grapes are shipped after October 1st.

The USDA reports through early November truck shipments of central California grapes totaled 55.2 million 19-pound cartons, up slightly from 54.6 million cartons the same time a year ago.

The government report indicates 13.2 million cartons of grapes remained in cold storage through October, down 28 percent from 18.1 million cartons in storage at the same time a year ago, but similar to 13.56 million two years ago. 

While some later varieties of grapes were still being picked, the harvest is expected to be over in early December.

At 115.6 million 19-pound cartons, the 2018 California grape crop was the second largest on record. The 2019 grape crop, estimated at 109 million cartons, is in line with the four years before the 2018 crop.

The commission says about 2 million cartons of California grapes are expected to be shipped in January.

Very light volumes of imported Peruvian grapes were reported in the U.S. in early November and those arrivals will increase toward the year’s end.


Capespan North America of Gloucester N.J. reports U.S. imports of South American grapes is on an earlier track this season due to a small crop in California. The company already is receiving Peruvian grapes at American ports.

Peruvian white seedless grapes are particularly in big demand because of concerns over California white seedless quality. Peruvian red seedless grapes will be arriving within days, as Capesapan feels California red will be finished by mid-December.

Pandol Bros. of Delano, CA has finished its California grape harvest and recalls last season when a lot of fruit was picked. However, much of it then was either not sold in the normal time and beyond or was outright dumped.

While Pando is predicting a 15 percent increase in total Peruvian grape exports this season, the company is less certain about Chilean grape volume. Some forecasts are above last season’s 83 million cartons, while others are below it.

Chile is also focusing increasingly on the mid- to late-section of the import season, with Peru focusing the earlier stages.

Vanguard Direct of Bakersfield, CA also was expecting an earlier than normal end to the California season.

Vanguard Direct will begin its Peruvian import season with arrivals the last week of December or early January.

Read more »

California Shipping Update: Table Grapes and Oranges

By |

022Here’s a look at the final months of California table grape shipments and the outlook for the new crop of California Navel oranges.

Adverse weather reduced California table grape shipments the first part of the season, but the second half of the season has been more stable with steady shipments.  Approximately 15 percent of the crop is left to harvest and about 25 percent of the crop has yet to be shipped.  Still, about 2,000 truck loads are being shipped weekly from the San Joaquin Valley.

Actually more shipments are now occurring in the fall and less in the off-season, considered to be spring and summer.  Loadings can go up to four million boxes a week during the season and only about two-and-a-half million boxes when not in season.

California grapes – grossing about $5100 to Atlanta.

California Orange Shipments

With harvesting of the California Navel orange crop under way, there is a  pre-season estimate of nearly a 10 percent increase in volume.  California is projected to ship an estimated at 86 million cartons this season, with all but 3 million of that coming from the Central San Joaquin Valley.   This would represent an 8.5 percent increase over last year’s volume.

A survey of orchards indicate a fruit set per tree of 412 in California’s 122,000 acres of bearing trees. That number is 20 percent higher than the five-year average of 336.

California citrus shipments occur from October into July, with the January to April time frame being the peak season.  California is bracing for above-average rainfall for the first time in five years as the El Nino weather condition is expected to drop a lot of water, especially in the southern half of the state. The Central Valley runs from the south to the north, but the majority of citrus groves are in the southern half.

California citrus – grossing about $6600 to Boston.


Read more »