Raisin crop comes in short on tonnage
Sep 24, 2014
California’s 2014 raisin grape crop was expected to be off the vines and lying on drying trays before Sept. 20. That’s the deadline for growers to have them on the ground to qualify for insurance should rain damage the grapes before they are picked up and put into bins.
Just about all of the U.S. raisin supply is produced in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera and Tulare counties.
US raisin exports surged by 30% in the 2013/14 season, data from the Raisin Administrative Committee (RAC) shows.
By Julian Gale
Published: 29 August 2014 03:55 PM
The RAC’s final shipment report for the 2013/14 crop year (August-July), reveals that US exports of all varieties of raisins reached 152,502 packed tonnes compared with 116,955 tonnes a year ago.
Sales to the US domestic market and Canada gained by 8%
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Argentina: Raisin sector expects to recover in 2015
According to a recent report by the USDA, the production and exports of Argentinean raisins are expected to rebound in 2015. Production for that year is estimated at 33,000 tons, 29,500 of which will be exported and the rest will be sent to the domestic market.
Currently, the province of San Juan, in western Argentina, produces 95% of the country's raisins while the rest is mainly produced in the provinces of Mendoza and La Rioja.
MANİSA — Grape producer Ülgen brothers from Manisa's Sarıgöl district recently established Turkey's first grape drying facility which uses solar energy and biomass system. Ali İhsan Ülgen said that grapes are generally dried in September and October in Sarıgöl. "Due to autumn rains, grapes are left to dry outside until December, leading to a decrease in quality. We wanted to establish a special facility to dry Sultaniye grapes, which is currently in the testing phrase. Five-tons of grapes will be dried only in 50 hours with solar energy," he continued.