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South American Imports are Earlier with Concerns over California Quality

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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.

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South American Grape Imports are Improving after Slow Start

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Early season imported grapes from South America have been lower, although with the arrival of March volume is improving.

To date, Chilean grapes imported through early March were down 32 percent compared to last year, reports the USDA, with imported Peruvian grapes being down 46 percent compared to the same time a year ago.

A Pro*Act market report dated March 6th notes imported grape supplies from Chile and Peru were increasing and quality was good in early March. A consistent volume of imported grapes is expected through early April, when the transition of Mexican grapes starts crossing the U.S. border in mid-April.

On March 6th the USDA’s Market News Service reported prices for extra large Chilean red seedless grapes at $20 to $24 per carton, up from $16 to $20 per carton the same day a year ago.

The early March market was under downward pressure with increasing volume and prices may decline with ample volume in the near term, according to the report.

A range of retail prices for red seedless grapes in selected U.S. cities, ranged from a low ad price of $1.28 per pound in Detroit to a high of $3.99 per pound in Seattle and New York.

Retail promotions of red seedless grapes were reported by the USDA in 7,637 U.S. stores for the week of March 1st with an average price of $2.48 per pound. That compares 8,186 stores promoting red seedless grapes a year ago at an average price of $3.07 per pound.

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Port of Savannah is Receiving More Imported Produce

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SavannahPortThe Port of Savannah, Georgia continues to play a larger role with imports of fresh produce.

Peruvian grapes arrived in Savannah this season, marking the first time the port has received this commodity from Peru. The grapes, which began arriving in November, are part of a string of commodities that are quickly making the port a major gateway in the Southeast for fresh produce and other perishables.  The port already is receiving avocados, citrus and a large share of Peruvian sweet onions in the fall.

Savannah is the fourth-largest container port behind Los Angeles, Long Beach and New York and it’s location cuts transportation costs for receivers, who historically paid for freight arriving at ports in the Northeast.  The savings per container are $1,000, if not more.

A large perishable facility will soon open 15 miles from the port offering various services for shippers, including refrigerated warehouses where re-packaging, fumigation and de-consolidation of perishable cargo can take place.

For now, the amount of grapes making the 17-day journey from Peru to Savannah is relatively small.  But the volume of grapes, as well as other fresh produce items, will only increase as the benefits of the port become more apparent.  Additionally, some observers believe Chilean and Central American commodities will more frequently come through the port.

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Florida Strawberry Shipments Ahead of Schedule; Grapes Arriving from Peru at Miami Port

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IMG_6053Florida strawberry shipments have started a little earlier than usual, and good volume shipments for the pre-Christmas deliveries are expected.

The season typically builds through December, with the decent volume hitting right after Christmas.

In early December,  at least one Florida strawberry shipper had truckload quantities.

 The quality of berries truckers were loading early in the season left something to be desire, but with the last two cold snaps  received the strawberries were sweetening.

Florida strawberries – grossing about  $2700 to New York City.

Peruvian Grapes

The Port of Miami received  its first ever shipment of Peruvian grapes  last month, it is believed to the first of the product to arrive at a Florida port for distribution directly to Southeastern states.

Prior to this shipment, Peruvian grapes could only be imported to the U.S. through ports in Los Angeles and New York. Each shipment must go through cold treatment before entering U.S. borders.

 By importing directly to Miami it saves the shipper  the cost of freight in having to bring the grapes from New York to Miami.  This should translate into  providing e consumers with fresher product at a lower cost.

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