Late Australian table grape harvests complicate season

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Late Australian table grape harvests complicate season

Australian table grape growers are receiving low prices for fruit after poor weather conditions delayed the harvests, according to local media ABC News.

The publication reported the Australian Table Grape Association had said later-maturing fruit had caused the country's grape export markets to look elsewhere for product.

Harvest started three to four weeks later than previous years - in part due to a cold spring - and is still going in the major production regions of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

The organization's executive officer Jeff Scott reportedly said there was also a risk grape prices would be further reduced as other fruits like citrus came into season.

"Being late means we were late getting into our international markets," he was quoted as saying by ABC News.

"The price has now dropped well below where we had expected it to be, primarily because most of our importers needed supply. That's had a flow-on effect in terms of not purchasing our grapes."


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