A look at the state of California grapes heading into a new 2022 season, and some of the issues facing the growing region responsible for 99 percent of U.S. domestic grape production.
Projections suggest a significant increase of imports of Mexico white seedless varieties during this year's table grape season.
Chile is at the prime of its table grape harvest and heaps of fruit have arrived in the last two weeks with larger volumes to follow in the next few weeks.
The last couple of months saw low volumes of all varietal groups, especially in white seedless and red seedless, which kept prices climbing throughout the period, with peak prices at $31.70.
The last five years saw a substantial growth in imports from Peru, with incoming volumes almost doubling in value from September 2015 to September 2021.
Looking back on two decades of grape market data in the U.S. market can reveal quite a bit about how the category has developed, where it is today and where it could be headed.
Average grape prices in the U.S. market throughout 2021 have been higher than those of 2020, with the exception of January and April, even though volumes have been higher year on year.
Diving into the data reported by the USDA for Mexico's production, there is one trend that stands out above the rest - the persistent growth of the white seedless varieties.