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Agronometrics in Charts: Volume and pricing snapshot of the U.S. table grape market


This week we're going to take a look at the volumes and average prices of table grapes in the U.S. market.

Mexico's season is winding down earlier than normal, and its shipments have been below last year's levels. With volumes from California's earlier region, the Coachella Valley, also down on 2019, the San Joaquin Valley will play an important role in the U.S. at the beginning of the season, which is now getting underway.

The chart below illustrates how historical volumes from Mexico have been in the U.S. market - below 2019 but still above previous years.

Historical volumes (KG) of Mexican table grapes in the U.S. market


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

Meanwhile, volumes from Southern California have been significantly lower than previous years.

Historical volumes of Southern California (Coachella Valley) table grapes in the U.S. market


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

Looking at the San Joaquin Valley in Central California, last year's volumes were slightly below 2018 levels.

The first varieties expected to be available in the U.S. are Flame Seedless, Sugraone and Summer Royal.

Historical grape volumes of Central California (San Joaquin Valley) in the U.S. market


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

With regards to prices, in the chart below we can see that so far in 2020 the average prices have generally been lower than 2019 levels, but within the range of the last five years. Over recent weeks, however, they have improved.

Historical grape prices (USD) in the U.S. market


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


Written by: Cristian Crespo
Original published in FreshFruitPortal.com on July 07, 2020 (Link)

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