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Mexican Grape Shipments are Underway

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rwpMexican spring table grapes are now crossing the border from the Jalisco growing area, and U.S. grape shipments from California’s Coachella Valley should get started in May.

The official estimate for this year has yet to be released, but Pandol Bros. Inc. of Delano, CA predicts volume will be between 22 million and 24 million boxes.

Last year, Mexican growers shipped about 25 million 18-pound boxes of table grapes to the U.S.

Growers launched an early grape program in Jalisco about five years ago because producers in similar tropical climates such as Brazil, North Peru and India were growing good-quality table grapes. This year, the SEASON began April 1.

Sonora grape shipments out of Mexico should start by May 6.

Grapes from California ship from May to January and represent 99% of all commercially grown table grapes in the U.S.

The California harvest begins in the Coachella Valley in late spring and moves north to the San Joaquin Valley by mid-July.

The state’s growers shipped 77 million 19-pound boxes last year, just over 2 million of which came from the Coachella Valley. That figure was up from about 1.9 million boxes the prior year.

Fresh Farms, is entering its sixth season growing grapes in Jalisco with increased volume each year. The company started with the green Sweet Globe variety and some red Sweet Celebration grapes and Cotton Candy. Now the varieties are expanding.

Divine Flavor of Nogles, AZ ships from Jalisco, which started around March 25 and continues until the middle of May.

Last year Divine Flavor packed about 1 million boxes of premium grape varieties, and this year the firm expects expect to pack approximately 1.8 million boxes.

In the primary production area of Sonora, Divine Flavor expects to be on par with its previous years of around 5 million to 6 million boxes of grapes, which is close to 20% to 25% of the total volume from Mexico.

Bari Produce LLC of Fresno, CA will kick off its central California table grape season in mid-July.

Grower, marketer and distributor Oppy, with offices in Nogales, is set to double its Mexican grape volume for the 2024 season, marking a significant milestone in its commitment to expanding its 365 program.

The enhanced lineup will now include sought-after Sun World varieties, such as AUTUMNCRISP® and RUBY RUSH®. Initial assessments of the grape crop indicate a promising season ahead, with estimates suggesting industry volumes will fall within the 22-24 million box range.

In a move to optimize efficiency and freshness, Oppy has redesigned its supply chain by using its cold storage facilities in Los Angeles for 20% of its volume, reducing mileage and enhancing truck availability. Oppy has also sharpened its focus on exports, particularly into Asian markets, through Delica North America Inc., in which Oppy owns 50% share. 

This news comes after Oppy’s strategic joint venture was announced with Sun Grape USA earlier this year — forming Sun Grape California LLC — An Oppy Company. This collaboration ensures a consistent supply of year-round high-quality grapes, complementing Oppy’s global reach from Peru, Brazil, Chile, South Africa and Mexico, alongside extensive acreage in California.

About Oppy

Growing, marketing and distributing fresh produce from around the globe for over 165 years, Vancouver, BC-based Oppy discovers and delivers the best of the world’s harvest. With over 50 million boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables grown on every continent moving through its supply chain annually, Oppy offers popular favorites from avocados and berries to apples and oranges year-round, alongside innovative seasonal specialties. Go to  to learn more.

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Delta Fresh Enters Mexican Table Grapes for First Time; Expanding with Other Items

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Long time major grower-shipper of Mexican tomatoes and vegetables, Delta Fresh, is adding table grape shipments to its wide ranging list of vegetables.

Delta Fresh, based in Nogales, AZ for the first time this spring will be shipping grapes from the Sonoran production areas of Guaymas, Hermosillo and Caborca. Delta Fresh is working with an existing grower.

Delta Fresh reports in the past it didn’t have the right infrastructure and team to be in the grape business. However, with the firm’s modern, already huge Nogales warehouse facilities, have expanded and the sales and food safety staffing has grown to accommodate the new business.

This spring Delta Fresh is also expanding its line with watermelons, cantaloupes and asparagus. Asparagus shipping was underway in March. The melon season began in late April.

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Mexican Grape Volume Forecast to be Up Slightly from Last Season

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Mexican table grape growers expect 2023 grape shipments to be slightly more than last season.

Most Mexican grape shipments normally occur from mid-May through mid-July. Loadings last year were particularly strong results due to lower volumes of early season cherriesin the U.S.

At a recent meeting, Mexico’s Sonora table grape growers association (AALPUM) estimated 21.7 million boxes for the 2023 season, with just over half in green grapes. That would be up 1.3 percent over last year’s 21.4 million boxes.

Producers report a sharp drop in red globe varieties, a variety that has been falling out of favor for some time.

Decreased volumes of summer fruit in the U.S. — due to prolonged bad weather in California — also could help create demand this season for Mexican grapes.

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Shipper is Increasing Grape Volume by 1 Million l Boxes this Year

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Fresh Farms of Rio Rico, AZ who also grows produce in Mexico is increasing its grape volume by one million cartons this year.

The grower/shipper has a wide range of fruits and vegetables with year-round availability. The firm also produces conventional and organic produce.

The company is growing its grape volume both in Jalisco and Sonora.

Jalisco volume will start in late March with a green grape harvest. Total Mexican grape volume for the company should be nearly 6.5 million cartons in 2023, up about a million cartons from a year ago.

Most of that volume is in newer varieties, such as Cotton Candy, Candy Snaps, Candy Hears, Candy Dreams, Sweet Globes, Sapphires and more.

Fresh Farms also has soft and hard squashes, green peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, corn, watermelon and other items.

The company is growing its melons category dramatically due to increasing demand.

For all of its commodities the operation is seeking to expand availability. Last year the company shipped over 12 million boxes of produce, up from about 2.8 million boxes in 2009.

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Mexican Grape Shipments off to Very Slow Start Due to Cold Weather

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A slower-than-expected start due to the Mexican table grape season is occurring due to weather conditions which have slowed the ripening process.

A local Sonora based grape growers association reports parts of the region have yet to see the warmer days needed to properly harvest the grapes.

Table grapes from Mexico usually begin shipping in early May. However, nights have been cold, days have not been very warm, and this means that the grape ripening is delayed along with their harvest.

A harvest for the region of up to 29 million boxes is higher than the 25 million boxes officially projected by the Mexican table grape growers association. 

Mexico’s industry has been expanding its portfolio of varieties planted, and thus extending the season and leveling off traditional peaks of the harvest in June. This season’s harvest comes at a time when freight costs and logistics into the main receiving market of the U.S., have added uncertainty for growers. 

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Pacific Trellis Fruit Expects to Ship 2 Million Boxes of Mexican Grapes

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LOS ANGELES, CA – Pacific Trellis Fruit, the year-round importer, grower, marketer, and owner of the Dulcinea® Brand, is gearing up for a successful Mexican table grape season. Since the company’s inception in the grape industry in 1999, they have experienced year-over-year volume growth for its conventional and organic varieties.

“The crop out of Mexico this year is up nearly 20%, which relates to around 25.5 million boxes,” says Earl McMenamin, Senior Sales Executive. “Pacific Trellis’ 2 million boxes of volume this year will account for around 20 high-flavor varieties which will begin packing the second week of May.”

The company’s robust line-up for the Mexican season consists of conventional and organic red, green, black, and specialty varieties. Pacific Trellis’ specialty grapes kick off the last week of May with Tawny Red, a red seedless variety cross between a Red Globe and Flame. Tawny Red is a large, round berry with great crunch and skin color that varies between dark red and crimson. The Tawny variety is followed closely by Sweet Celebration and Sweet Globe, two high-flavor berries, which begin the first week of June. Pacific Trellis’ grape program is rounded out with organic red and green varieties, which will start in May, with all colors ready for shelves the first week of July.

“Our Mexican grape season has a tremendous advantage as it provides non-interrupted service and a bridge from the import season right into California production,” comments McMenamin. “Our team prides itself on smooth varietal transitions for our customers.”

Pacific Trellis’ entire Mexican table grape production filters through their primary warehouse in Nogales, Arizona. From Nogales, inventory is shipped to secondary warehouses in southern New Jersey and the Central Valley of California. All three centers have customer fulfillment abilities, giving Pacific Trellis reliable national distribution. This season’s grapes will be packed under the renowned Dulcinea® brand, with various bag and clamshell options for retail partners.

Learn more about Pacific Trellis Fruit by visiting their website


About Pacific Trellis Fruit 

Pacific Trellis Fruit is one of North America’s top year-round growers and importers of premium fresh fruit, including melons, grapes, peaches, plums, nectarines, citrus, and cherries. It partners with growers in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Spain, and Uruguay, as well as domestic farmers across the United States.

Its corporate headquarters is in Los Angeles, CA, with sales offices in Fresno, CA, Gloucester, NJ, and Tucson, AZ. Pacific Trellis owns and manages the renowned Dulcinea® brand. Dulcinea® is the pioneer of the Pureheart personal seedless melons as well as the Tuscan Style Cantaloupe, and Pacific Trellis has recently expanded the brand to pack grapes, citrus, and cherries. In 2020, Pacific Trellis fruit became the exclusive marketer and distributor of the KISS line of melons./

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Mexican Grape Shipments to Have Big Increase this Season

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Mexican grape shipments for 2022 should reach a new high, surpassing 25 million boxes, a 19.5 percent increase compared to last year, according to the Mexican Table Grapes Growers Association  (AALPUM).

In a press confernce, the AALPUM  president  Marco  Antonio  Camou,  AALPUM and the Fresh Produce Association of Americas (FPAA) reported what is expected for Mexican table grapes. 

The  largest  volume  is  red  seedless  varieties  at  46.9 percent, followed  by white seedless varieties at 41.08 percent, then black seedless varieties at 5.97 percent and cotton candy at 4.70 percent.  

The first harvest is expected for the beginning of May, with picking accelerating from May 15th onward. The early season should produce some 7.4 million boxes through May, followed by peak season with 16.59 million boxes in June. Finally the late season, in July, should produce around 1.45 million boxes of table grapes.

The season is expected to extend longer this year, past the U.S. independence day of July 4th into the middle of that month. 

It was noted growers have been working with the planted crop to reduce the peak experienced in the past in May and June, and instead offer a more steady constant supply of the fruit.

Also, there are some expectations due to the delayed arrival of Chilean grapes, there will be some overlap between the stock of the two countries.

Shipping will continue from Nogales, AZ  and other forward distribution points until  mid‐July. 

In  addition  to  cotton  candy,  there  are  several  hundred  thousand  boxes of exotic  flavored  varieties.  In  this  estimate  these  varieties  are  included  in  their  respective color group.

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Mexican Grapes are Now Crossing Border at Nogales

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Mexican table grapes are crossing the border at Nogales, AZ in light volume, starting with Early Sweets, Perlettes and other early green varieties. Flames and a dozen other varieties of all colors will follow shortly.

The Sonora Grape Growers Association issued an original crop estimate of 21.5 million cartons March 30 and this estimate is still though to be good.

That estimate forecasted the second week of May at just under 400,000 cartons and the first week of June at about 4,000,000. That’s a 10-fold increase in 3 weeks.

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Mexican Grape Crossings into U.S. to Begin in Early May

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The Sonora Grape Growers Association (AALPUM) projects 21.5 million 18 lb. (8.2 kg) cartons to be packed and shipped between early May and mid-July, 2021.

AALPUM association president Marcos Camou, AALPUM general manager Juan Laborin and Fresh Produce Association of the Americas grape division chairman John Pandol recently presented the crop estimate via Zoom. This estimate is 2% less than the 2020 harvest and 11% less than the 2019 crop.

The largest volume is white seedless varieties at 44%, followed by red seedless varieties at 43%, then black seedless varieties at 7% and then ‘other’ 6%, which includes Red Globes and specialty varieties like Cotton Candy. Sonora is the only growing area supplying North America that produces a majority of green seedless. Between 3 and 5% of the grape crop is certified organic.

The harvest season is subdivided into four section

Preseason         10% everything prior to May 15 including other early areas.

Early Season    16% May 16-30      .

Peak Season     53% May 31 – June 20

Late Season      21% post June 21 into July

Shipping will continue from Nogales and other forward distribution points will continue until mid-July.

The estimate had a new look that reflects changes in the industry. Not long ago 80% of the volume was three varieties. Today 40% is over a two dozen newer proprietary varieties.   “To give a rundown of individual varieties, each with beginning and end of harvest date for each growing area is no longer a useful description of the crop” , said FPAA grape division chairman John Pandol. “The purpose of giving an estimate is so our supply chain partners; operational service providers, government agencies and commercial partners can prepare”

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Mexican Grape Shipments Expected to be Down 20%

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A late winter freeze is being blamed for what is expected to be a double digit drop in Mexican grape shipments this season.

Total volume in 2020 likely will be down about 20 percent from a year earlier — 19.7 million cartons, compared to 23.7 million in 2019.

Just about all varieties will be down in 2020t. The forecast calls for 800,000 boxes of perlettes versus 1.7 million in 2019; 8.7 million red seedless in 2020 versus 10.8 million in 2019; mid-green, 4.2 million in 2020 versus 5.1 million in 2019; red globe, 300,000 in 2020 versus 307,000 in 2019; and black, 1.5 million in 2020 versus 1.9 million in 2019. 

The exceptions, with larger volumes seen this year over last, were early primes, at 2.8 million boxes versus 2.6 million in 2019; and “others”, 1.5 million versus 1.2 million in 2019.

Pandol Bros. Inc. of Dinuba, CA reports a good winter and a freeze, which had an impact on total production. 

The freeze was particularly hard on the early season perlettes.

Fresh Farms of Nogales, AZ reports the first grapes shipped out of Jalisco in early April, with Sonora grapes starting to ship in early May, which would be normal.

The Oppenheimer Group of Vancouver, British Columbia was planning an early May start, which would be earlier than a year ago,

The is expecting to have good volume this season despite the expected smaller crop.

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