By Andrew Ciclitira
Published: 02 February 2017 04:01 PM / Agra-Net
The attention of UK dried fruit traders has turned to the southern hemisphere producing countries. Sources in Mildura, Australia, report that harvesting of the 2017 sultana crop is running two or three weeks behind last season, due to unfavourable weather conditions at the time of flowering and berry set last year.
SHANNON TWOMEY, The Weekly Times
January 5, 2017 8:00am
The sunpreme raisin grape is proving popular with producers because it costs less to harvest, according to Agricultural Research Service plant geneticist Craig Ledbetter.
He said the sunpreme dried without cane cutting and could save millions of dollars in production costs.
“With many grapes, crews must go out about two weeks before the harvest and cut the canes, which are the long branches on the vines that actually produce the grapes,” Mr Ledbetter said.
“Once the canes are cut, the grapes begin to wilt so they can be shaken into trays later.
“Cane cutting costs about $180 per hectare, which is roughly 36 per cent of total harvest costs.”
Global production surplus drive raisins market prices down
MINTEC - November 15, 2016 8:00 AM |
Jara Zicha, market analyst at Mintec.
Raisin prices have been trending lower since the beginning of the year, on the back of large global supplies.
Prices have been falling since September last year and are currently down by around 20%. In fact, prices have been falling since 2012, with the exception of 2015. In order to understand what has been driving prices in the market we must look at both the two main types of dried grape, raisin and sultana, and the major producers, California and Turkey.
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BY ROBERT RODRIGUEZ
27 September 2016
California raisin growers are expected to harvest about 270,000 tons of raisins this year, according to a preliminary estimate from the Raisin Administrative Committee in Fresno.
The preliminary estimate – about 20 percent lower than last year’s 336,000 tons – was prepared in anticipation of the International Dried Grape Conference being held in China this week.
06/22/16 10:06 AM EDT
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is moving forward with new grading standards for processed raisins.
The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced Wednesday slight changes to the raisin standards as part of an effort to remove offensive language from the text of the previous rule.
The USDA will remove all references to “midget” raisins.
The changes go into effect in 30 days.
The new crop is short and the overall situation has increased the demand on all varieties including Thompson Raisins, Jumbo Flame Raisins, and Golden Raisins.
The offers from Chile are on hike and producers are not too eager to sell at this time. Offers are made for few loads at a time and for short position.
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Turkish Raisins price fall continues and drives the sales
1-June-2016 09:38 AM
Accelerated by EEC regulation of lower chloryphos limit starting from 10th of August, export
sales jumped up. As a result, prices of the very limited unsold farmer stocks
went up daily during the second half of May.
Chilean raisin prices have been increasing since last week and are expected to rise further in the coming weeks, due to the rainfall during harvest and crop damage.
Although the reports are indicating minor damages has been incurred.
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