January 3, 2014

Domestic Grape Market Challenges Imports

Produce industry veteran Rick Eastes continues to have great insight on the evolving grape market.

Availability of heavier late-season grapes from California in early January could create some marketing tension between domestic and imported grape supplies, Eastes believes.

There are many newer and later season varieties from California still in the marketplace and will be there for weeks.

The heavy late season grapes could be in the way of product coming from Chile and other areas in the Southern Hemisphere. Whether or not the U.S. supply will cause tension is not known.

Consumers can help by buying an extra bunch and taking them home to eat.