Skip to main content

Good quality seen as California grapes kick off


Overview of the upcoming California table grapes season by John Pandol of Pandol Bros. Inc., Mitch Wetzel of Sunview Marketing International, Justin Bedwell of Bari Produce LLC, and Jeff Olsen of Chuck Olsen Co., complemented by charts from Agronometrics.



Original published in www.thepacker.com on June 15, 2020

Quality of the 2020 California table grape crop, including the emerald seedless variety, seems to be “excellent,” Nick Dulcich, owner and director of sales for Jakov P. Dulcich & Sons, said in early June. The state’s growers produced about 106 million pound of table grapes in 2019. (Courtesy Pretty Lady Vineyards)

California table grapes already are shipping out of the Coachella Valley, and grower-shippers expect good-quality fruit to kick off in the San Joaquin Valley to the north sometime in July.

Volumes (in LB) of table grapes from California-South (including Coachella Valley) in the US market


Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

Exactly when will vary by shipper, with some companies expecting to start earlier than usual, while others anticipate an on-time or even a late start.

The state’s grape growers shipped 106.2 million 19-pound box equivalents in 2019, down from 116.9 million in 2018, according to the Fresno-based California Table Grape Commission.

This year’s crop may be lighter than last year’s, in part because some growers are pulling out older varieties, while others are converting to crops like citrus, said Jeff Olsen, president of the Chuck Olsen Co., Visalia, Calif.

Volumes (in LB) of tables grapes from California-central (including San Joaquin Valley) in the US market


Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

With the state’s volume surpassing 115 million boxes some years, Olsen said he wouldn’t mind seeing a “good manageable crop” this year.

A crop of 100 million boxes or fewer “would really help out,” Olsen said.

The Chuck Olsen Co.’s summer table grape program won’t start until the second or third week of July — a week to 10 days later than usual, he said.

Delano, Calif.-based Sunview Marketing International should start around the Fourth of July, said Mitch Wetzel, vice president of sales and marketing.

“The weather is cooperating,” he said.

He expected “good, solid volume and quality” this season.

Flame seedless and sugraones will be the first varieties to come off, he said. They will be followed a couple of weeks later by Ivory, and from the company’s own breeding program, Sparkle and Stella Bella.

“Grapes appear to be a little earlier than last season, with most varieties in line with last year’s crop size,” said Brett Dixon, president of Bakersfield, Calif.-based Top Brass Marketing Inc.

“Supplies should once again be plentiful at a time when Mexico will most likely finish sooner than normal with an anticipated shortage in their crop size,” he said.

Volumes (in LB) of table grapes from Mexico in the US market


Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

Bari Produce LLC, Madera, Calif., will have the early, white Ivory variety coming in this year, said president Justin Bedwell.

“We expect they could even be as early as July 8, which would be about a week earlier than last season,” he said.

The company expects to wrap up its California grapes around Thanksgiving.

“We do a lot of export to Asian markets, so we are watching foreign markets closely to see if they will impact our program, one way or another,” Bedwell said.

Pacific Trellis Fruit LLC, Fresno, Calif., which now ships Dulcinea brand table grapes, will kick off the season around July 4 with flame seedless, followed by the Chrissy and other high-end varieties, said Earl McMenamin, sales manager for Mexico and California table grapes.

“Everything seems to be good at this time,” he said the first week of June. “We’re expecting a good crop.”

Delano-based Pandol Bros. Inc. should get underway the week of July 6, said John Pandol, special projects director.

That’s about the typical start time for the company.

Pandol expected a “normal” crop, as far as quality, with good fruit size.

“There are no problematic indications so far,” he said in early June.

Pandol Bros.’ volume should be about 10% higher than last year, due in part to a new variety — Sugar Crunch — coming on, he said.

The company aims to pick until Thanksgiving.

Bakersfield-based Anthony Vineyards will get started in the San Joaquin Valley around the Fourth of July, somewhat later than usual, said Bob Bianco, co-owner.

“Everything is pushed back at least seven to 10 days,” he said.

The weather has been fluctuating, Bianco said, with a long cool spell followed by 110-degree temperatures that then dropped into the 70s.

Flame seedless and sugraones will be the first of at least 20 varieties the company harvests in the San Joaquin Valley, he said.

Anthony Vineyards’ volume will be down a bit as the firm transitions to a number of new varieties, he said.

He expected good sizing and excellent quality on this year’s grapes.

The News in Charts is a collection of stories from the industry complemented by charts from Agronometrics to help better tell their story.

Access the original article with this (Link)

Popular posts from this blog

Agronometrics in Charts: Demand for berries skyrockets in 2021

This time for the ‘In Charts’ series we will give an update as to how the average prices of berries have been behaving. Specifically, we will look at the prices of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries in the United States market and compare them with previous seasons. An increase in demand, brought on by the tendency to consume “superfoods” such as berries during the Covid-19 pandemic, seem to have pushed prices up despite the fact that volumes imported by the United States have been similar or higher than those of previous years. Let's look at each particular case: Blueberries Blueberry prices experienced a significant increase from week 3 of 2021, showing the highest prices of the last 5 seasons for the same date. If we observe the following chart, we can see that, for week 7 of 2021, the average price of conventional blueberries was $7.60 per kilo. This is 24 percent higher than in 2020 when the average price was $6.14 per kilo. Volumes for blueberr

Peru's blueberry oversupply takes its toll on export price

Overview of the Peruvian blueberry season, complemented by charts from Agronometrics.   Original published in FreshPlaza.com   on November 25, 2020  This year's Peruvian blueberry season began in June with the export of 1,010 tons worth 5 million dollars. These figures represented a 25% increase in volume and a 77% increase in value over the same month of 2019. The lower production in the northern hemisphere due to weather problems allowed producers to achieve attractive prices of $ 5.15 per kilogram in June. Volume (in Kg) of blueberry from Perú in the US market Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) The good reception of Peruvian blueberries and the increase in prices encouraged exports during July, a month in which the country shipped 4,808 tons (+ 108%) for 26 million dollars (+ 102%). In this month, the increase in the Peruvian supply generated a slight 3% fall in the typical prices of the month,

Tight raspberry volumes make for more “normal” pricing

Overview of the raspberry supply by Ben Escoe of Twin River Berries, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in FreshPlaza.com   on May 12, 2021  “They’re starting to pick up, but it’s been tight--really tight,” says Ben Escoe of Twin River Berries in Portland, OR, noting this largely has to do with the weather conditions in Mexico. “It’s been cold and windy there which has caused damage in the fields and contributed to the low supply. Year over year, the volume is comparable or even better. But demand is high and forecast to actual supply has been lower.” Mexico grows raspberries for most of the year, stopping only for the rainy season which begins at the end of June or early July. Meanwhile California’s volume won’t really begin until the middle to the end of May. Volumes (in Kg) of raspberries from Mexico in the US Market​ Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) Higher berry deman