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Mexican grape pricing strong while imports vary greatly

Overview of the Mexican Grapes in the U.S. market, complemented by charts from Agronometrics.

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Original published in on April 13, 2021 
Mexican grape production has begun out of Jalisco, Mexico.

George Matoian of Fresh Farms in Kingsburg, CA says it started its grape harvest approximately two weeks ago with all the major varieties of green seedless along with Cotton Candy grapes. “We’ll also have red seedless grapes available in future years,” he says.

Production in the Jalisco region has started as per the usual timing. “That region is a very temperate climate zone. Like with grapes grown in Peru, you can sway the harvest period to any month you want. We wanted the crop to come off in April,” says Matoian.

As for the remaining Mexican and Coachella, CA crop, Matoian says that won’t start until about May 10-12. That’s when grape production will begin on green and black seedless with Flames starting May 18-20, all of which is later than normal.
Origin (Volume in Kg) of table grapes in the US Market in 2020
Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)
More Mexican plantings
Matoian says there is also more volume coming right now because each year plantings are increased. “It’s a nice segue into the traditional Mexican deal which starts in May. This year feels opportunistic because Chile had that devastating rain during their harvest period,” he says. In total, Mexico is anticipated to produce slightly less than last year’s 22 million boxes. This year’s estimates are 21.5 million with the reduction coming from largely red globe and black seedless grapes.
Volume (in Kg) 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)
The peak promotional period on Mexican grapes will start at the beginning of June and run throughout the month.

Along with Mexico, offshore grapes are still arriving. “But they range from excellent to poor in quality and pricing ranges depending on variety, size, condition and more. There are wholesalers selling for $5 and grapes out there for $45 and everywhere in between,” says Matoian. “The pricing on Mexican grapes is a little stronger this year because the availability of good green seedless for April will be quite diminished.”

Price (in USD) 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)

For more information:
George Matoian
Fresh Farms
Tel: +1 (559) 897–6652
Publication date: Tue 13 Apr 2021
Author: Astrid Van Den Broek

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