USA: California's grape compromised by Hurricane Hilary

Updated Sep 23, 2023
With the Californian table grape season compromised by Hurricane Hilary which - at the end of August, during the peak harvest period - caused losses of 25 million boxes (approximately 215 thousand tons), the structure of the international market has undergone several backlashes. “The revised estimate for harvested production is 71.9 million boxes,” said Kathleen Nave, president of the California Table Grape Commission. The last time California's harvest was less than 75 million boxes was in 1994. However, estimates suggest the industry still expects to export more than 45 million boxes of grapes. To get a complete picture, took stock with Graziano Defilippis, commercial director for Europe of Polar Fruit. “In Italy we are talking about 20-30% fewer kilos for all varieties due to the rains during flowering and berry swelling – says the manager – This is why prices are higher than last year. On a qualitative level, our grapes are not yet expressing levels of excellence. ...
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