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2021

June 15, FreshPlaza, Fewer but Better Quality of Grapes from Mexico

Meeting these supplies are strong demand for Mexican grapes. “I’m surprised by the demand because the price point has been higher than historical. I thought it would slow movement but that’s not been the case,” he says. Demand is anticipated to stay strong given this point in the Mexican season. Read more…

June 11, Fruitnet, Global Grape Congress Examines EMEA

Global Grape Congress takes place on 30 June, offering a whole day of discussions on the latest trends and challenges in fresh grapes. To read more about the full agenda and extensive line-up of speakers and expert panelists, visit the Global Grape Congress website and register for free. Read more…

June 7, Fruitnet, Sun World Celebrates 45th Anniversary

Nearly half a century ago, an upstart California produce company opened its doors with a commitment to bring consumers new, unique and better-tasting fruits and vegetables. That company, Sun World International, LLC (Sun World), this week celebrates 45 years of bold innovation and industry leadership. Read more…

June 2, FreshPlaza, Coachella Grapes See Late Start in California Deal

“We have planted a few new Sun World varieties we are really excited about,” says Sill. In the meantime, Sill says illume has its eye on a few new varieties as well as new technology which will help with shelf life and freshness. Read more…

June 1, FruitNet, Get ready for Global Grape Congress

Global Grape Congress streams live on 30 June from Melbourne, London and Los Angeles, allowing viewers to pick their most convenient time to take part live or to watch on demand. The event will bring together key players in the fresh table grape category to connect and share their experience and expertise. Register now for free, and join us for what will be an unmissable opportunity to grow your own business in fresh grapes. Read more…

May 20, FreshPlaza, Sun World South Africa Celebrates 20 years

Twenty years ago, Sun World opened its first international licensing office in Paarl, South Africa. The Sugraone variety, disguised as “Festival Seedless” in the late 1990s, was one of the early unauthorized seedless introductions with many hundreds of hectares established illegally in South Africa. At the time David Marguleas, today Sun World’s CEO, saw an opportunity in an unpleasant dispute with the South African table grape industry to obtain recognition of Sun World’s intellectual property vested in the table grape Sugraone variety, marketed under the SUPERIOR SEEDLESS® brand. The settlement of this dispute in 1998 paved the way for Sun World to import its leading table grape and stone fruit varieties into South Africa. Read more…

May 3, The Produce News, Sun World expands in markets targeted for growth

Sun World International LLC, a global fruit genetics and licensing company, has granted six additional licenses to Egyptian table grape grower/marketers, bringing the total Egyptian licensees to seven. Two new Italian table grape grower/marketers have also been appointed as part of the company’s strategy to extend its reach in these high-potential gateway markets, bringing the total Italian licensees to 10. Read more…

May 3, FreshPlaza, We have an ambition to be the reference of grapes from Morocco

We were focusing on white varieties, but since we decided to grow our grapes business, we’ve managed to introduce Morocco to Sun World’s famous varieties of black seedless grapes: Midnight beauty® and Sable®. The UK market prefers Midnight Beauty and Sable. Having these varieties in the Delassus portfolio facilitates our supply to the UK. Morocco competes with Egypt, so in May prices are under pressure, they should start to come back to normal in June.” Read more…

April 19, FreshPlaza, “New varieties will significantly extend Egyptian grape season”

“The interest in particularly red grapes, however, has skyrocketed. It’s been rising anyway. But, in the past two years, more consumers, especially, prefer red grapes. These are now on the market in top form – in volume and great varieties. That, while at the same time, there’s actually a somewhat lower interest in white grapes. Read more…

April 9, The Produce News, TerraFresh Organics adds organic Amber Crest peaches to lineup

TerraFresh Organics, an organic fruit company known for supplying organic citrus, mangos, stone fruit and grapes to North America, announced the addition of organic Amber Crest peaches to its Earth Greens label through May 2021. Read more…

April 9, The Produce News, Divine Flavor earned its name with focus on flavor

This year, Mexico’s growers of older varieties like Perlettes, Flames and Sugraones are expected to be down in production. But the company isn’t seeing that on premium varieties like Sweet Celebration, Sweet Globe, Timpson, Jack’s Salute and Autumncrisp. Divine Flavor expected significant increases in such premium production in 2021, versus young vines’ yields just a year ago. That said, conditions haven’t been perfect in 2021, yet Bon’s company may still see a 30 percent volume increase for the flavorful new varieties. Read more…

April 5, The Packer, Coachella Valley grape output expected off slightly

California’s Coachella Valley grape output may slip in 2021, as bearing grape acreage has declined and the industry has consolidated, said George Tudor, president and owner of Tudor Ranch, Mecca, Calif. Production of grapes in the Coachella Valley this season could be about 2.1 million cartons, down from about 2.6 million cartons a year ago… Over the past few years, Sun World has pulled out a significant amount of its grape acreage. While some of that land has been replanted, it is not yet producing a full harvest, Tudor said. Read more…

March 31, FreshFruitPortal, Sun World to be acquired by private equity group Bridgepoint

Global fruit genetics, R&D and licensing company Sun World has announced an agreement to be acquired by Bridgepoint, an international private equity group. CEO David Marguleas, who will serve on the company’s new board and hold an equity position in the company, said: “Our connection with the Bridgepoint team was undeniable from the first conversation”. “They understand and appreciate the extraordinary head start we enjoy in the sector after 30 years of breeding superior produce. And they share our vision of the many ways we can grow. To say we’re ‘excited’ undersells what this new partnership means for Sun World.” Read more…

March 26, FreshPlaza, Overview Global Table Grape Market

The Netherlands: The grape market is under pressure due to the large supply in a short period of time. Australia: Shortage of pickers and difficult market conditions. North America: Rains affect the price and supply. Latin America: Mexican season starts early. Germany: South Africa dominates the market. Italy: Still too early for Italian grapes. South Africa: Record harvests in different regions. Read more…

March 26, FreshPlaza, “Large grape supply peak on European market soon”

There’s currently an ample supply of grapes on the European market. “South Africa, however, shipped huge volumes of white, pitless grapes quite late. Normally, late varieties like Regal and Sundance should’ve arrived in February. But they all arrived in March. South African farmers also planted many new varieties like …Autumncrisp. These, too, will be arriving later.” Read more…

March 15, FreshPlaza, Peru has the potential to export nearly 70 million boxes of table grapes without increasing the cultivation area

The increase in the cultivation of varieties that have higher productivity, such as …Autumncrisp…, among others, offers the potential to reach a production of almost 70 million boxes without having to increase the acreage. Read more…

March 9, FreshPlaza, Egypt in Talks to Export Grapes & Pomegranates to Japan

…Egyptian citrus fruits are currently invading the Japanese markets, and negotiations are underway on exporting grapes and pomegranates to Japan. Read more…

March 7, ProduceBusinessUK, Innovation suffers at the hands of private label

The specific and exact goal of private label is to reduce margins for producers, but those margins are the funding for future product innovation and improvement. How can we build a better consumer offer if margins aren’t there to invest in research, licensing and marketing? Read more…

Feb 22, FreshPlaza, South African Grapes: “It’s Not A Vintage Year”

Chinese buyers have been extremely selective, and they are adamant that they’re only taking Sweet Globe and Autumncrisp, he says, and a mere 5% deviance from the quality specification results in a disproportionate impact on the product’s sales value. “My feeling is that they’re even stricter this year,” he notes, “and it’s because the market’s appetite is fairly limited.” Read more…

Feb 19, FreshFruitPortal, South Africa’s Hex River Expecting Weeks of Large Grape Volume

The Hex River – one of the country’s two largest growing areas, along with the Orange River – had a “very strong pack week” last week, the organization said. “Cultivars currently being packed include Sweet Globe, Sweet Joy and Autumncrisp while the packing of the mainstay cultivar Crimson has started well. A few weeks of large volumes are expected,” SATI said. Read more…

Feb 17, FreshPlaza, Market Overview Southern Hemisphere Grapes

Peru and Chilean grape demand is particularly strong in Mexico, and increasing in Canada, the USA, and Asia as California completes their ‘storage season’. Note, the release mentioned that Peru has shipped 12 mm more boxes of table grapes through Week 5 compared to last season through week 5. It should be 48 mm boxes, which is 6 mm (12%) more than last season. Read more…

Feb 12, FreshPlaza, “If the Rain Stays Away, I Forsee Very Good Arrivals on Premium Varieties”

…In the Hex River Valley they’re briskly packing table grapes for mostly the UK and Canada at the moment, while demand from the US is much higher than usual. Read more…

Feb 9, Eurofruit, Apofruit Invest in Club Varieties

As part of its new, five-year development plan for 2021-2025, Apofruit is providing members throughout Italy with exclusive access to a large number of protected, trademarked varieties. These include: Pink Lady, Candine and Joya apples; kiwifruit varieties Zespri Gold (of which 1,000ha are already planted), Divo (green), and HFR18 (red); Fred pears; Lanelate and Fukumoto oranges; Tango late clementines; and the Sun World portfolio of seedless table grapes. Read more…

Feb 8, TheProduceNews, Spring Deal Looks Bright for Divine Flavor

Also, in recent years, Divine Flavor has made alliances with growers in Peru and Chile to produce these and other special varieties for distribution by Divine Flavor in North America. In late January, DuPuis noted that “we’re starting our first shipments from Chile.” Those were being received in Philadelphia and California seaports. For Divine Flavor, strong proprietary varieties arriving from Chile include Autumn Crisp, Sweet Globe and red-green hybrid Muscat Beauty. Read more…

Feb 5, AndNowUKnow, The California Table Grape Commission Reports Grape Consumption May Protect Skin Against UV Damage

“We saw a significant photoprotective effect with grape consumption and we were able to identify molecular pathways by which that benefit occurs, through repair of DNA damage and downregulation of proinflammatory pathways,” said Dr. Craig Elmets, who led the study. “Grapes may act as an edible sunscreen, offering an additional layer of protection in addition to topical sunscreen products.” Read more…

Feb 2, FreshPlaza, Chinese Market has South Africa Grape Growers on the Edge of Their Seats

Up to now the grape price per carton is on average 30 RMB lower than last year, but they need the Chinese market, especially for their black seedless and for premium varieties like Autumn Crisp, Sweet Globe or Crimson, Francois notes. They have already sent a number of containers to China this season. Read more…

Jan 18, FreshFruitPortal, South Africa Table Grape Exports Stay Low Into January

After the South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) released the second crop estimate for the 2020-21 season, it looks like other regions in the Western Cape may be able to make up for the volumes lost due to heavy rainfall. The Northern Provinces region has a few more weeks to pack and look on course to reach 7 million cartons with good grape quality. They will finish with Crimson Seedless, SCARLOTTA SEEDLESS® and AUTUMNCRISP®. Read more…

Jan 14, IOL, Grape Industry Hopes for Bumper Harvest

The industry representative organisation released the 2nd Crop Estimate for the 2020/2021 season with intake volumes lowering to between 61.7 million and 67.1 million cartons (4.5kg equivalent) caused by the effect of rain in week 1 in the Orange River region. Viljoen jr said that the mid to late cultivars in the Orange River, AUTUMNCRISP®, Arra 15, Sweet Globe, SCARLOTTA SEEDLESS®, Sugar Crisp, Crimson Seedless and Red Globe would still be packed with great care and focus on quality. Read more…

Jan 7, Blue Book Services, Study Shows Fresh Grapes Are a Natural Source of Vitamin K and Flavonoids

The researchers identified an increased need for vitamin K during a COVID-19 illness and noted that depletion or deficiency of vitamin K can have devastating consequences in the lungs. Vitamin K, a nutrient found in abundance in fresh grapes, plays a critical role in blood clotting including maintaining the balance of both pro-and anti-clotting factors. Read more…

Jan 6, FreshPlaza, The Peruvian 2020/2021 Grape Campaign Got Off to a Good Start

Peruvian table grape exports had a good start to the season, as the value of shipments in October increased by 10.96% over the same month of 2019, totaling $80,152,000, according to data provided by the Association of Exporters (ADEX). Read more…

2020

Dec 8, AndNowUKnow, Sun World Grants Additional Import License to Star Produce for Canada

Sun World International LLC., has added a Canadian importer, Star Produce, to its panel of licensed importers. Their appointment brings the company’s panel of licensed importers to 11 licensees, further expanding the supply and distribution of Sun World’s proprietary grape varieties throughout North America and Canada. Read more…

Dec 1, FreshPlaza, Extended European grape season with better late varieties, hampers start of overseas grape sales.

“And, honestly, European grapes’ quality is increasingly improving toward the end of the season. Italy, for example, has done an outstanding job with AUTUMNCRISP®. The European season is now mostly over,” continues Eddy. Read more…

Nov 30, The Produce News, Sun World Announces Opening of New Center for Innovation

Sun World International LLC recently announced the (virtual) grand opening of its Center for Innovation, a sophisticated new fruit breeding and genetics facility located in Wasco, CA, just north of this central California farming community. See video. Read more…

Nov 24, Fresh Plaza, Quality Assurance Critical for Protecting Fruit Brand IP

Delytics Ltd is assisting Sun World International, LLC, an Australian licensing business to ensure its table grapes meet the quality standards required to bear its premium varietal brands such as MIDNIGHT BEAUTY® and AUTUMNCRISP®. The independent quality assurance provided by Delytics is underpinning Sun World’s Australian compliance monitoring of its branded proprietary table grapes, sold throughout Australia and exported throughout Asia. Read more…

Nov 16, Vine Magazine, Varieties to Watch

Sun World’s Sugrafortythree is an ultra-late green seedless grape new to the Australian market. An ultra-early black seedless variety, Sun World’s Sugrafortynine is currently being trialed in Australia, having been well-received globally. Read more…

Nov 12, Produce Business, Celebrating 35 years: over the course of the year, we pay tribute to 35 living Vanguards and 12 departed heroes

Produce Business, November 2020.  Sun World President & CEO David Marguleas was named a ‘Vanguard’ by Produce Business.  To celebrate 35 years of publication, Produce Business chose 35 Vanguards, leaders who have contributed to the advancement of the produce industry in a significant way. Read more…

Nov 11, Fresh Plaza, The grape replacing South Africa’s Thompson Seedless

Among mid-season green cultivars, AUTUMNCRISP® is a good replacement for Thompson, despite the difference of three weeks in ripening. The South African table grape industry has taken a liking to AUTUMNCRISP®. Introduced in 2013, by 2017 the variety wasn’t even yet on the list of the top twenty most planted table grape varieties in South Africa. Now it is in seventh place. Read more…

Nov 10, Fresh Plaza, South African grape grower starts with red seedless

Consumer behavior remains an unknown variable
Nevertheless, there are expectations that the wholesale market in Europe will be under pressure and the impact of lockdowns on shopping behavior is a concern. Their grape trade with China will start soon after New Year when stronger varieties like AUTUMNCRISP® and MIDNIGHT BEAUTY® are harvested. Read more…

Oct 26, Produce Business, Celebrating 35 years: over the course of the year, we pay tribute to 35 living Vanguards and 12 departed heroes.

Having had the privilege of knowing almost all the 35 Vanguards and the dozen leaders who have passed, we have little doubt that the industry would not have advanced as it has, had these leaders not been in place. Countless moments of crisis, countless opportunities in technology and politics, countless instances that demanded leadership — these moments were met by these individuals — men and women willing and able to seize the opportunities and advance the industry. Read more…

Oct 23, Fresh Plaza, The grape season is back to normal, but the world is not

“All of our clients have informed us that their orders will be 15% lower than usual. There’s the possibility that it could go up later, but they are starting cautiously and this information has actually helped us, it has removed some of the uncertainty from the upcoming season.” Read more…

Jul 28, Fruitnet, Strong Start to Summer Campaign for El Ciruelo

Maude describes…“There are very few varieties that grow well, sell well and eat well, so it’s vital that we get the basic mix right,” he notes, adding that the closest he’s come to a perfect variety is Autumn Crisp. “If I could just grow that year-round I would,” he laughs. Read more…

Jul 1, Fruitnet, Sun World Takes Firm Stance on IP Infringements

Sun World International has reached a settlement with an Australian table grape producer and associated entities following a breach of its intellectual property and contractual rights. The settlement terms include the removal of unauthorized vines and payments to Sun World totaling in excess of A$325,000 (US$220,000). Read more…

Jun 29, The Produce News, Virtual Wellness Challenge a Real World Success

More than 500 participants crossed the finish line for the Center for Growing Talent by PMA’s first Virtual Wellness Walk/run challenge June 21. The Wellness event, which contributes to Center for Growing Talent efforts to attract and develop the next generation of talent on behalf of the produce and floral industries, was the first of its kind. The Center for Growing Talent’s Wellness events are a fun way to give back to our industry, while providing a wellness-inspired networking and team-building experience at a time when we simply cannot gather in person. A total of 562 participants representing 46 teams from across the industry took part in the Virtual Wellness Walk/Run Challenge. Sun World International had the largest team, followed by Naturipe Farms and Frieda’s Specialty Produce. Read more…

Jun 29, The Packer, California Black Grapes Find a Niche

Black table grapes rank a distant third in sales after red and green varieties, but there’s a decided group of consumers who have taken a liking to the darker-hued fruit. Grower-shippers seem divided over the impact of black varieties. Daniel Bell, senior produce and floral buyer for Grocery Outlet Inc., a chain of 246 stores based in Emeryville, Calif., is a fan of black grapes, and so are many of his customers. Sun World International LLC, International Fruit Genetics and even the U.S. Department of Agriculture have developed some great-tasting black grapes, Bozick said. Sable Seedless, Midnight Beauty and Sweet Sapphire are among his favorites. Read more…

Jun 22, The Packer, Coachella Valley Grapes off to a Late Start

Good-quality table grapes are coming out of California’s Coachella Valley after a “really late” start this season. “This is some of the best quality I’ve ever seen in this valley,” said Bob Bianco, co-owner of Bakersfield, Calif.-based Anthony Vineyards. “It’s amazing — big size and good color.” The company has been licensed to grow varieties from Bakersfield-based Sun World International LLC, such as Autumn Crisp, which will be available next season, Bianco said. Read more…

Jun 9, The Produce News, Hundreds walk for Center for Growing Talent’s Virtual Wellness Walk and Run Challenge

The Virtual Wellness Walk and Run Challenge serves as an inclusive outlet for healthy activity, especially during a time when many were living under stay-at-home restrictions due to the global pandemic. It has also served as an outlet for healthy competition and team building. Many organizations are using the Walk and Run Challenge as a way to bring their teams together even when they’re far apart. There are three organizations that are leading the way with the most participants, including Naturipe Farms, Sun World International and Renaissance Food Group. Cumulatively, participants have clocked more than 5,500 miles. Read more…

May 28, Fresh Plaza, Update on California and Mexico Grape Crops

California grapes
Overall growing conditions have been good throughout California lending itself to a positive outlook for the upcoming season. Timing initially was expected to be about 10 days earlier than last season, but due to some cooler weather, this has pushed harvest back a few days, landing at around a few days earlier than last season. Read more…

May 18th, The Packer, Grape Expectations – Suppliers Talk Varieties, Packaging, Season

In 2000, grower had only a dozen commercial table grape varieties from which to choose. These days, growers can select from more than 80 varieties of different shapes, sizes and flavors with longer shelf life, said Dané Joubert, marketing manager for Palm Desert, Calif.-based Sun World International, which specializes in variety development and licensing. Read more…

Apr 28, Fresh Fruit Portal, Sun World Opens Brazilian Office and Appoints New Licensing Manager

Variety development and licensing company Sun World International LLC., has opened a new Brazilian office to build support for licensees in this important region. Andrea Pavesi, who has already been working with Sun World for the past 12-years, has been appointed Licensing Manager for Brazil. Earlier this year Sun World announced the opening of its Peruvian office, appointing Pablo Ramirez Licensing Manager for Peru, and appointing Daniel Desmartis Licensing Manager for Chile. Read more…

Apr 24, The Packer, New grape varieties continue to alter the grape landscape

New grape varieties are quickly supplanting older, established cousins across Mexico, growers say. “We will see an increase of all proprietary varieties with progressive growers, and a definite reduction of acreage as older vineyards and less desired varieties are being removed from production,” he said. “In regards to new varieties, Sun World will have a few new early season selections with trial volumes available,” he said. Read more…

Apr 22, Fruitnet, Costa Hopeful for Stronger 2020

Neil Chatfield, chairman of Costa Group, said the report reflects what was a very difficult year for the company, in which it faced issues relating to drought and weather, and market conditions in some categories. In table grapes, one category that achieved success in 2019 for Costa, the company will continue to develop its Sun World proprietary program and expects to have 100 percent of its crop covered by permeant netting by 2020. Read more…

Mar 12, Fresh Fruit Portal, Sun World Grants New Grape Licenses in California and Mexico

Sun World International, LLC has granted new licenses to several leading California and Mexico produce companies, further expanding the supply and distribution of its proprietary grape varieties, Licensing Vice President Garth Swinburn announced this week.

The new licensees include Anthony Vineyards, Inc. for grapes produced in California’s Coachella Valley and Illume Ag Sales LLC (formerly known as Fabbri Group, LLC) in the state’s San Joaquin Valley, as well as Divine Flavor, LLC of Mexico for grapes produced in Sonora and Jalisco, Mexico. The newly appointed licensed distributors join Dayka & Hackett in Mexico; Richard Bagdasarian, Inc., Famous Vineyards LLC and Sun Pacific Marketing Cooperative, Inc. in the Coachella Valley as well as Dayka & Hackett, Sun Pacific, Famous Vineyards and Sunlight International Sales, Inc. (Pretty Lady) in the San Joaquin Valley. Read more…

Mar 11, The Packer, Illume Adds Sales Executives, Received OK from Sun World, IFG Grapes

A newly-named table grape company with a group of well-known sales executives has received licenses to market Sun World International and International Fruit Genetics varieties. Illume Agriculture, Bakersfield, Calif., was previously known as the Fabbri Group/D&J Farm Management, according to a news release. The company has farmed in Kern County since the 1930s. Read more…

Mar 9, Fresh Plaza, Spain has Everything it Needs to Play a Leading Role

PMA can help improve the commercial value of the Spanish fruit and vegetable sector and change trends by providing global connections and market information. Representatives of the companies and organizations that make up the GDC, such as Sun World, Costco Wholesale, NS Brands Limited (NatureSweet), Maria Flowers International, Pro Colombia, Fresh Produce Marketing or Dallas/Fort International Airport, took part in guided tours in order to learn more about leading production. Read more…

Feb 18, Eurofruit, Sun World’s Peruvian Promise

Sun World International, a leading variety development and licensing company, has announced the opening of its Peruvian office to build support for licensees in the region. Pablo Ramirez, who has already been working with Sun World for a number of years, has been appointed licensing manager for Peru. He is joined by another South American appointee, Daniel Desmartis, who has taken up the role of licensing manager for Chile.  Read more…

Jan 18, Fruit Logistica, Autumnal Grape Flavour

The AUTUMNCRISP® variety of grape stands out for its sweet and juicy flavour with a light note of muscatel, and its firm texture. This makes it popular among consumers, but producers also benefit from its traits, because the grape’s strong resistance to environmental influences makes it relatively low-maintenance during cultivation. As with all innovations from Sun World International, the development of this grape – which ripens in late autumn – requires much time and patience. The breeding and development of AUTUMNCRISP® took 18 years before it was ready for market, where it is now sold via partners in Australia, Africa, South America, North America, Europe, and Israel. Read more…

2019

November 27th, New LADWP commissioner works for a company that markets water and power

Spokesman Eisenhauer described Renewable Resources Group as “an asset management and investment firm that focuses on sustainability, agriculture, water, conservation, and renewable energy.” The firm owns agricultural operations including Sun World International, best known for its table grapes. The company “prioritizes working openly and cooperatively with other key stakeholders, especially our neighbors and the community,” Eisenhauer said. Read more…

November 20th, Sun World Partners with New Fruit Licensees in Chile and Peru

If one were to ask me what the zeitgeist of the 2010s was, I might be inclined to say table grapes, especially after Sun World International announced it’s closing out 2019 with three new licensees. This week, the company revealed it is partnering with Pronto Exports, Agrícola Interandina, and Sun Fruits as it continues to build out its table grape profile. Read more…

November 1st, Australian Sun World Growers Target Quality

An agronomic field day held in Euston on Wednesday (30 October) brought together over 100 Sun World licensees, who discussed agronomy and production techniques for the branded varieties Autumncrisp and Adora Seedless. The event was heavily supported by licensed Sun World marketers Fruit Master and Costa Group . Read more…

October 30st, Sun World Reaffirms its Intellectual Property Rights on Stone Fruit Varieties

Sun World reminds all Spanish growers, nurseries and distributors that the above varieties cannot be propagated, marketed or planted legally without a license agreement with Sun World. Anyone who propagates, plants, produces or sells trees or fruit of these varieties without a license will be prosecuted to the fullest extent permitted by law. Read more…

October 14th, Chilean Exports of Protected Grape Varieties Grow by 17%

In terms of exports from the southern hemisphere, including India, Urrutia highlighted that if comparing the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 campaigns, Chile is the origin that has recorded the greatest drop in the volume of table grape shipments, with 11%, while countries like Peru, Australia and India have recorded increases of 39%, 35% and 25%, respectively. “Despite that, Chile continues to be the biggest exporter of table grapes in the southern hemisphere, with a 44% share,” he said, adding that Chile’s decline in exports is also due to a varietal replacement currently underway. Read more…

September 27th, Marguleas Leads PMA Through Active Year

One of the new tools that PMA members have access to now is the association’s Global Market Tracker, bit.ly/PMA-market-tracker, which allows members to research consumption and production trends across the globe. Another resource for members is a new food safety certification program called Essentials of Produce Safety, Marguleas said. More will be revealed about that program at Fresh Summit, he said. Read more…

August 15th, SVG Ventures and Produce Marketing Association Join Forces to Support Start-ups
The innovations that are made possible by this partnership will be critical next steps to addressing the big questions of how we will feed our growing world,” said Vonnie Estes, Vice President of Technology at PMA.“Both SVG Ventures and PMA have been working closely with experts from Driscoll’s, Taylor Farms, and Sun World to deeply understand the specific industry challenges,” added John Hartnett, Founder/CEO SVG Ventures +THRIVE Agrifood. Read more…

August 13th Sun World names CEO and plan expansion into other fruit crops
Sun World International has named David Marguleas as its CEO, as the company plans to ‘expand its focus’. To help direct the new Sun World growth strategy, Jeff Jackson joins the company as its executive vice president, focusing on business development along with CFO Keith Mitchell, who directs all finance and administrative function. Read more…

July 8,2019 How to future proof? Data, data and more data

President of Sun World, David Marguleas, told the conference that the supply side of the horticulture industry is overdue for technology that will help reduce the cost of production.”Particularly in Australia, Spain and California where there’s not only a dearth of labour or people available to do farm work, but an increasingly higher cost structure than would be supported by the price people are receiving for the products,” he said. “This begs for the introduction of some significant automation, particularly on highly labour-intensive crops that require a lot of hand labour. In addition, the predictive analytics that help growers make better decisions and estimate crops more accurately will help smooth out a lot of inefficiencies in the supply chain.” Read more…

June 17, 2019 Great Britain a market of reference for seedless grapes

According to Ventura, seeded grapes will not disappear in Italy, but only high-quality varieties will remain. “In the UK, America and other markets consuming seedless grapes, this phase occurred 40 years ago. If they survived it, so can we.” Read more…

June 14, 2019 Global Grape Summit wrap-up part four: Retailing in China and the U.K. markets

China may not be the world’s biggest table grape import market, but it is rapidly building a taste for seedless and newer varieties, becoming an increasingly attractive destination for many exporters. George Liu began his presentation by highlighting the monumental growth of the Chinese e-commerce market. Read more…

June 13, 2019 Global Grape Summit wrap-up Part III: Ensuring success in the future

The grape market, he said, was becoming increasingly segmented into ‘value’ and ‘quality’. “In the apple category it’s really clear – there are Fujis and there are Honeycrisps,” he said. “There are two different apples and two different prices. They look the same, relatively speaking. They’re both red-stripe apples, as we call them, but the consumer knows them differently. We’ve marketed them that way differently.” Read more…

June 12, 2019 Global Grape Summit wrap-up part two: Consumer response to new varieties

Total market share of white grapes over the last four years has declined by 3%, while red grapes have increased 4%, black grapes have risen 70%, and purchases of mixed grapes have grown 33%. Read more…

June 11, 2019 Global Grape Summit wrap-up part one: International panorama and spotlight on Peru

A major trend has been the rapid introduction of newer varieties and the replacement of older cultivars such as Flame. These new varieties, combined with new production regions entering into markets, are contributing to supply gaps being closed in the two biggest import markets – the U.S. and Europe, he said. Read more…

June 6, 2019 Oppy to market Sun World proprietary grapes of multiple origins

“This is meaningful for Oppy because it broadens our grape portfolio with many of the exciting varieties our customers are seeking,” said Bill Poulos, grape category director. “We’re honored to have been selected among the handful of marketers granted a standard import license, which enables us to partner with a wide span of growers throughout the Southern Hemisphere—and beyond—in this innovative program.” Read more…

June 5, 2019 Q&A with El Ciruelo’s Rupert Maude: A crystal ball for the table grape industry

Ten years on, the only thing I would say with any certainty is fruit will continue to be consumed. I would be very surprised if grapes didn’t continue to be a very popular product — as to how it would reach the customer or the final user, in what format, that I think is beyond me. Read more…

May 31, 2019 Vanguard International chosen by Sun World to market patented grapes

Vanguard International has announced its wholly owned subsidiary, Vanguard Direct LLC, has been chosen by Sun World as one of a group of select companies to market and sell its proprietary grape varieties in North America.“We are thrilled to partner with Sun World to bring these great tasting grape varieties to market,” says Craig Stauffer, CEO, Vanguard International. Read more…

May 29, 2019 Be In The Room Where It Happens: The Global Grape Summit

Now, long term, of course, it is unlikely that this business can succeed if the growing community does not prosper. In the same article, we pointed out some deep concerns of the California grape growing community: 1) California’s minimum wage law raising the cost of production. 2) Worldwide over-production of grapes. 3) Mexico on the front end and Peru on the back end, eliminating the once profitable shoulder seasons. 4) Many new varieties not delivering on a promise of better taste, but still costing in royalties and licensing fees. 5) Consolidation on the buying end of the business, allowing for great pricing pressure to be put on producers. 6) Spain and other producers competing for Asian business that once was exclusively a market for California grapes. Of course, many of these concerns are global. In Spain, they worry about Morocco; in Chile, they worry about massive plantings in Peru, etc. Read more…

May 25, 2019 Sun World grants 10 licenses for its full line of proprietary grapes

Sun World has designated a panel of leading U.S. and Canadian fruit companies to import its proprietary branded table grape varieties to North America, President David Marguleas announced. The newly licensed importers are Camposol Fresh U.S.A. Inc.; The Oppenheimer Group; Dayka & Hackett LLC; Divine Flavor International LLC; Dole Fresh Fruit Co.; Fresh Flavor International Inc.; North American Produce Buyers Limited CCPC; Summit Produce Inc.; Vanguard Direct LLC; and William H. Kopke Jr. Inc./Southern Fruit Import Co. Read more…

May 18, 2019 New Table Grape Varieties Lifting Sales and Boosting Category in South Africa Market, Says Freshmark 

There is a definite ceiling price for new cultivars. Consumers are still uneducated when it comes to different varieties and most consumers only know a red, black or white grape. Some of the newer varieties that are proving particularly popular with South African consumers are Autumn Crisp, Adora, Sweet Globe, Candy Hearts, and Cotton Candy. But she noted that the latter two only sell well at the correct price point, and consumers are often not willing to pay the premium. Read more…

May 07, 2019 Vanguard Expects New Grape Varieties Next Season Following Peru Packhouse Upgrade

Vanguard International says that in the next Southern Hemisphere table grape season it will offer a range of new varieties which will be packed at its upgraded facility in Peru. “Our new varieties offer consumers great taste with large, crispy, and crunchy berries,” says Dirk Winklemann, business development officer, Vanguard Direct. The new varieties will include Icon Firestar, Allison, Midnight Beauty, Adora, and Autumn Crisp. Read more…

May 06, 2019 Sun World Divests it’s Farming and Focuses its resources on Genetics, Branding, and Licensing

BAKERSFIELD, CA – Sun World International LLC (Sun World) today announced the sale of it’s leased and owned California farming property to an investor group, which has contracted with Sun Pacific to farm the vineyards. The acquired entity will be called Famous Vineyards.

This move triggers a redeployment of resources to Sun World the company’s technology, breeding, and licensing business. Read more…

Red Seedless Supplies Low Following “Complicated” Period In Table Grape Market, Says Importer

A changing political landscape, as well as a typical season lengths and volumes, has had a marked impact on the European table grape industry over the last few months, says Robert van Melle, the head of grapes at Origin Fruit Direct. Read more…

April 15th, 2019 Global Grape Summit Announces Stellar Lineup of Panelists, insightful sessions

A star-studded lineup of speakers and panelists including retailers, exporters, marketers, and breeders from around the world have been announced for the first-ever edition of the Global Grape Summit, which takes place in London on 5 June, 2019. Numerous educational sessions have also been scheduled to provide attendees with insights they need to be successful in a fast-moving industry. Read more…

April 08th, 2019 Grape growers seek more flavorful varieties

Some retailers want consumers to know which varieties they’re buying so they can differentiate their stores from the competition, while others simply want a good-tasting grape, he said. Fuller said promoting branded grapes in-store and in print has been one way of connecting with consumers, but increasingly, “social media space is where things are trending.” Read more…

March 05th, 2019 Sun World unveils “Make it a Grape Two Weeks” retail promotion

Sun World International, LLC announced today that they will launch an in-store and online promotion opportunity called “Make It A Grape Two Weeks” during peak grape season in the U.S. The two-week campaign aims to support retailers in driving sales of Sun World’s proprietary grapes including ADORA SEEDLESS®, AUTUMNCRISP®, MIDNIGHT BEAUTY®, SABLE SEEDLESS®, and SCARLOTTA SEEDLESS® brand grapes. Read more…

February 25th, 2019 AUTUMNCRISP® and ADORA SEEDLESS® driving Sun World’s global growth. 

Two of the company’s newer table grape releases that are driving some of the highest growth at the moment are Autumn Crisp, a late-season seedless green grape, and Adora Seedless, a late-season black grape. Sun World has a number of new early and late ripening white, red and black table grapes in the pipeline, Marguleas said. They are all seedless, many with neutral flavor profiles and some with new fruity flavors as well. Read more… See the Spanish version

February 21st, 2019 New windows force Hex hands

The shortening of the marketing window for table grape growers in South Africa’s Hex River Valley is forcing them to change their packing and marketing strategies – resulting in a greater emphasis on new, larger and more modern packhouses. Viljoen says in the past more rapid expansion in the east has not been possible because the company has not had the right cultivars to do so. “It is a niche market looking for extra-large berries of certain cultivars. We now have Midnight Beauty, Sweet Joy, Sweet Sapphire, and Sweet Globe which will be suitable for this kind of expansion.” Read more…

January 28th, 2019 South Africa: Good harvesting conditions lead to good quality grapes

In South Africa ,the early grape producing regions are winding down packing, while the later regions are in full swing. Harvesting conditions have been good throughout all the regions, there was a little rain in Berg River but according to the South African Table Grape Industry statement it only had minimal impact, overall the good conditions have ensured a good quality grape harvest. Read more…

January 25th, 2019 T&G, Laris Manis promote ADORA SEEDLESS® to Indonesia

With a focus on healthy snacking for families, Laris Manis Utama in collaboration with T&G Global as the market developer for Sun World Indonesia held a number of promotional activities for Sun World’s Adora black seedless grapes between November and December 2018. The purpose of the event was to [encourage the] community to start consuming healthy snacks, because so far, as we know there are still many snacks that are of low quality which can endanger the health of children and families,” Laris Manis Utama said in a statement. Read more…

January 8th, 2019 Chile Looks to Build on top Exporter Status

In terms of overall produce value, Chile is now the fourth largest exporter of fruits and vegetables in the world and the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere, accounting for 59 percent of fruit exports from the region. Among their top exports to the United States are grapes, watermelon, stone fruit, cherries, and citrus, which keep the fruit pipeline flowing when the fruit is in short supply or unavailable from domestic growers. There is also an expanding number of companies like Sun World International LLC, Bakersfield, Calif., that export U.S.-grown produce to Central and South America. Read more…

2018

December 12th, 2018 Grape producer reports a significant increase in export volume

Grape company Sun World International has reported it has grown its export volume over the past few years. Specifically, Sun World International said it has grown their export volume by 40 percent year over year for the last three years with the company attributing strong receiver partnerships for the rise in volume this season. Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Korea are some of the countries the company said it has grown its brand presence. Read more…

December 11th, 2018 How businesses interpret the PMA/United Fresh Ethical Charter

Sun World, Bakersfield, Calif., a grower and exporter of grapes, talked with farmworkers and community members to find solutions to California’s farm labor shortage while improving their working conditions and support systems, Marguleas said. In early 2018, the company helped launch California Harvesters Inc., an employee benefits company that provides members with better pay, health benefits and access to education, according to Marguleas. Now, Sun World finds its laborers through that independent cooperative.“As more growers become aware of this, and the labor pool continues to tighten, it will broaden its reach,” Marguleas said in the webinar. Read more…

November 14th, 2018 PMA, United Fresh host web seminar on Ethical Charter

The Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh Produce Association, which jointly launched the Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices, are offering a web seminar as they seek endorsers of the document. The Dec. 4 seminar is at 11 a.m. Pacific/2 p.m. Eastern. Participants can register online. PMA CEO Cathy Burns and United Fresh President and CEO Tom Stenzel will discuss the charter, and representatives of companies that have endorsed it will also speak: Soren Bjorn, president of Driscoll’s of the Americas; David Marguleas, executive vice president of Sun World International LLC; and Preston Witt, human rights director of global sustainability and compliance for Costco Wholesale. This is the first web seminar on the Ethical Charter, and its goal is to “inform participants and future endorsers why the associations launched this collaboration, share the vision of the Charter and how it was developed, and discuss the Charter’s values, goals and principles,” according to a news release. Read more…

November 6th, 2018 Good retail relationships and quality will carry South African grapes through the season

The white grape season has started in the northern regions of South Africa amid sweltering temperatures last week. Early Sweet (pictured right) opens the season at Schoonbee Landgoed, in Limpopo Province, with the following weeks seeing a quick succession of Prime and Flame, then Starlight and MIDNIGHT BEAUTY®. Rain and cooler temperatures at the moment will be a boon for the color development for which the area is known. Read more…

October 10th, 2018 Sun World to showcase proprietary fall grapes at PMA

Bakersfield, Calif.– Grape category leader Sun World International will showcase their late season’s best proprietary grapes at this year’s PMA Fresh Summit, including red SCARLOTTA SEEDLESS®, green AUTUMNCRISP®, and black ADORA SEEDLESS® brand grapes. Over the past three years, Sun World has seen tremendous growth in grape volume with this year yielding the largest crop in the company’s history. “We expect the great quality we are seeing in our vineyards so far to continue throughout the rest of the table grape season, providing more opportunity for promotable volumes,” Vice President of Sales Jason Fuller said. “To support this historic volume, Sun World is strategically working toward expanding its global export business and growing and strengthening the Sun World brand both domestically and internationally.” Read more…

September 28th, 2018 “I look forward to connecting fresh produce companies around the world”

At this year’s PMA Fresh Summit, David Marguleas will be welcomed as PMA’s Board Chair. Marguleas has been involved in the produce industry for more than 30 years and currently oversees Sun World. “I am thankful for this opportunity,” he said. In the next 12 months, I look forward to bringing PMA’s vision to life by bringing together the global produce and floral community to grow a healthier world.” Read more…

August 21st, 2018 Brazil’s Argofruta licensed to market Sun World grapes.

Sun World added the Brazilian company to its list of licensed growers, allowing Argofruta to expand seedless production and give them access to domestic and international markets, according to a news release. Argofruta, Petrolina, Brazil, specializes in grapes, but also grows melons, ginger, limes, mangoes, guavas and passion fruit. Total Produce PLC purchased Argofruta in 2016. “We are pleased to appoint Argofruta, to help bolster our presence in the global fruit trade,” Garth Swinburn, Sun World vice president of licensing, said in the release. “We’re confident that providing further access to our seedless proprietary varieties will allow producers to maximize their revenues while increasing the seedless grape volume in Brazil and the visibility of our varietal brands.” Read more…

August 13th, 2018 U.S: California grape season “turning a corner,” says Sun World.

The U.S. grape season is now picking up after a slow campaign from Mexico and California’s Coachella Valley, with the San Joaquin crop looking to be around a record level. Jason Fuller, vice president of domestic sales at California-based grape and stonefruit breeder Sun World, said the company was poised to have its biggest harvest volume on record. “For the overall grape industry in San Joaquin – although it is very early in the season – we do see at this point in time close-to-record or above-record type numbers hanging in the vineyard,” he told Fresh Fruit Portal. He said the volumes were leading to opportunities to be promotable with retailers, following what has been a sluggish few months. Read more…

August 8th, 2018 Sun World’s explosive growth leads to promotable opportunities for retailers

Bakersfield, Calif.– Grape category leader Sun World International will have a record amount of Sun World proprietary grape varieties this coming fall including their flagship “late season trio”: SCARLOTTA SEEDLESS®, AUTUMNCRISP®, and ADORA SEEDLESS® brand grapes. The company’s grape volume has grown a record amount overall. This year, retailers can plan aggressive promotions from mid-September through mid-November. Read more…

To learn more about Sun World’s grape varieties and product offerings, visit https://www.sunworld. com/types-of-grapes. 

June 21st, 2018 Sun World offers black grape sales tip

According to Sun World International, retailers are reporting category growth, market share growth, and improved margins through a key strategy of running black only grape ads…“Currently, we see 40 per cent of all grape sales are on promotion,” Sun World executive vice president Gordon Robertson said. “Customers that are running black only ads are seeing category lift and improved margins. Read more…

May 24th, 2018 Sun Richard Bagdasarian’s Franz De Klotz Talks 2018’s Coachella Table Grape and Veg Seasons

COACHELLA, CA – Richard Bagdasarian, Inc., worldwide marketer of fresh fruits and vegetables grown exclusively in California’s Coachella Valley, is off to the races for its 2018 season, giving retailers a taste of several new table grape varieties. “We’re very excited for our grape season this year, as we are introducing several new varieties. Bagdasarian will now be offering retailers MIDNIGHT BEAUTY®, SABLE SEEDLESS®, AUTUMNCRISP®, Sweet Sapphire, and Jack’s Salute for the first time,” Franz says. “We had a late start this year due to some unusually cool temperatures, but we’re expecting our Coachella Valley grape harvest that will go through the week of July 16th.”Read more…

April 24th, 2018 Sun World Celebrates Earth Day With Plans To Install Solar-Powered Vineyards

Bakersfield, Calif.– Grape category leader Sun World International, LLC, is planning to install 921 kilowatts (kW) of solar-powered photovoltaic (PV) facilities at four new ranches in the Central Valley of California. With this project, the company aims to have 10 percent of their power generated. Read more…

A group of solar photovoltaic panels powering a California vineyard, reducing the carbon footprint

April 23rd, 2018 Agritech California desert grapes ready for early May start

California’s Coachella Valley grape harvest is expected to begin between May 7-10, with crop prospects off slightly from a year ago.Despite cool weather in parts of February and March, Nick Bozick, president Mecca, Calif.-based Richard Bagdasarian Inc., said April 19 that the crop on the vine looks good.Richard Bagdasarian is growing several proprietary varieties and is the exclusive licensee of Sun World varieties in the Coachella Valley, he said, and is planting Sun World’s MIDNIGHT BEAUTY®, SABLE SEEDLESS®, AUTUMNCRISP® and SONERA SEEDLESS® varieties.Read more…

April 19th, 2018 Agritech Startup Backers Announce New Corporate Partners

Entering its fourth year, the THRIVE Venture & Innovation platform announced today the nine finalists and investment in its spring ’18 accelerator cohort. The THRIVE Venture & Innovation Platform also welcomes the latest partners Coca Cola and Wilbur-Ellis alongside its existing partners Wells Fargo, Trimble, Taylor Farms, Land O’Lakes, Western Growers Association, Verizon, City of Salinas, Corteva, Driscoll’s Berries, Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory, Produce Marketing Association, Sun World, Orrick, JV Smith, and Turatti.THRIVE’s partnership with Coca Cola aims to sustainably source 100% of the Fortune 500 brand’s priority agricultural ingredients by 2020 and build a healthy agricultural supply chain. Read more…

April 3rd, 2018 Italian Grape Growers Join Sun World Licensees

Sun World, the fruit grower-marketer’s fruit breeding and licensing business unit, has added two Italian companies to the foreign companies allowed to grow proprietary Sun World seedless grapes. Orchidea Frutta, Rutigliano, and the Salvi Group, Ferrara, can grow the Sun World seedless varieties in a country where most grapes are seeded, according to a Sun World release. The grapes will be sold in Italy and export markets. Read more…

March 8, 2018  A Snapshot of Sun World® Grape Varieties in Europe

California-based table grape breeder Sun World has recently added two more Italian companies, Orchidea Frutta and Salvi Group, to its long list of licensees worldwide. The move comes in a country where seeded cultivars dominate but farmers are increasingly looking to seedless grapes for export opportunities and domestic market development. During Fruit Logistica in Berlin we caught up with Sun World’s licensing manager for Europe, Maurizio Ventura, to discuss which brands were finding favor with producers in Italy and the Iberian Peninsula. Read more…

February 6, 2018 Sun World® Announces Six New Licenses

BAKERSFIELD, CA – Sun World has licensed six new companies in South Africa, Peru, Morocco, and Tunisia to grow and market the lines of proprietary fruit that Sun World has developed. “We’re confident that emerging production regions such as Peru, Morocco, and Tunisia, along with our more established regions, will provide more quality-oriented producers with access to our proprietary fruit varieties and further increase the visibility of our varietal brands”. Read more…

2017

November 3, 2017 Sun World™ Website Launch

If you’re looking for variety information and technical support for Sun World’s distinctive proprietary table grape and stone fruit varieties look no further. Retail, supermarket buyers, technologists and merchandisers from around the world will now have a central source for their preferred Sun World® stone fruit and grape varieties, including fruit quality traits, seasonal availability by growing region, marketer licensees and artwork for their own packaging and promotional needs. Read more…

October 22, 2017 Sun World™ at Produce Marketing Association

2017 Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit in New Orleans was a hit. Not only was there a strong retail presence from different national and international markets but also a high attendance with over 1000 exhibitors, and 19,500 people attending This year Sun World made its first official appearance at the PMA Fresh Summit, since its launch in December, 2015.  Read more…

August 22, 2017 Corporate Partners Advancing FoodTech and AgTech

Together with its partners, THRIVE AgTech identifies, invests, and accelerates that set standards for the future of food & agriculture. Watch Video…

August 22, 2017 Spain: “Best Quality Seedless Grapes in 15 years”

Enrique Moya, CEO Ms Fina Mena points out that “it will be an exceptional campaign as far as quality, size and colour are concerned, especially when it comes to colour and sugar content. “The Sable Seedless®, Midnight Beauty®, Cotton Candy, Sweet Sapphire, Muscat, Ivory, Sweet Globe, Timco or the incredible Adora Seedless®, AutumCrisp® and Pristine have a quality above any specification.” Read more…

August 18, 2017 California Table Grape Scholarship Aid College Education for Three Students

The children of three California table grape farm workers will soon start their college career, thanks in part to scholarships from California’s table grape growers. Read more…

March 22, 2017 Court Sides with Sun World International in Israeli Intellectual Property Right Case

A newly resolved court case brought what Sun World International is referring to as noteworthy victory for proprietary fruit breeders. Read more…

May 11, 2017 Sun World™ to Accelerate Ag Technology as a THRIVE Corporate Partner

SVG Partners announced that Sun World has joined THRIVE as a corporate partner, joining Verizon, JV Smith, Land O’Lakes, Driscoll’s Berries, Taylor Farms, Wells Fargo, Western Growers Association, the City of Salinas, Panasonic, Yamaha Motor Ventures and PMA in a mission to advance agriculture technologies globally. Read more…

June 9, 2017 Sun Pacific Expands Grape Program

 In addition to offering Air Chief grapes, this season marks the launch of Sun Pacific’s partnership with Sun World, the company with one of the world’s longest-standing private table grape breeding program. Read more…

July 20, 2017 THRIVE News Article

Established late 2015, Sun World is the technology and licensing arm of Sun World International LLC, the US based producer and marketer of fresh fruit. As part of its overarching mission to supply more and consistent supplies of delicious fruit varieties, Sun World explores technologies in crop input, water, harvest and labor efficiencies, along with plant breeding. Read more…

2016

April 20, 2016  Sun World International announces Garth Swinburn as VP of Licensing, Terry Bacon as VP of Variety Development, and the addition of Ph.D Terrence Frett

Sun World International, LLC is bolstering its teams in licensing and variety development, having appointed new vice presidents to each department and adding a new expert in fruit breeding. Read more…

July 6, 2016  Sun Pacific, Dulcich to Grow, Market Sun World Grapes

Sun Pacific, known for its Cuties clementine’s, and Jakov P. Dulcich & Sons, whose grapes are marketed by Sunlight International Sales, are now licensed grower-marketers for Sun World International LLC. Read more…

July 13, 2016 Table Grape Harvest in the Coachella Valley

It takes a lot of hard work to bring our delicious red, black, and green grapes from our farms to your table. Take a behind the scenes look at this year’s Coachella harvest, and read the full article here, courtesy of AgWeb. Watch video…

July 15, 2016 Between the Vines: A Look Into Grape Research Video

Get a behind the scenes look into the product research that goes into Sun World’s Variety Development program explained by head breeder, Terry Bacon. Watch video…

Nov 22, 2016 Sun World adds Three Grape Marketer Licensees

Sun World, the fruit breeding, technology and licensing business unit within Sun World International LLC, has appointed three additional grape marketer licensees: T&G Global (Peru), LCS Exports (South Africa) and FruitMaster (Australia) – to distribute the company’s proprietary grapes. Read more…

Dec 21, 2016 Sun World™ Names Richard Bagdasarian as New California Grape Licensee

Sun World, the fruit breeding, technology and licensing business unit within Sun World International, LLC, has licensed Coachella Valley-­‐‑ based Richard Bagdasarian, Inc. to grow and market its line of proprietary table grapes. Read more…

2015

February 25, 2015 Sun-World ADORA SEEDLESS® – Behind the Greens

David Fenn, Senior VP of Farming, Land & Water at Sun World International, joins AndNowUKnow for this exclusive look at the company’s first commercial vineyard of Adora Seedless, a large black variety. Watch video…

 

March 4, 2015  Sun World International AUTUMNCRISP® – Behind The Greens Video

Sun World International has launched into the company’s late season green seedless grape harvest with the new AUTUMNCRISP®. There are three attributes that make AUTUMNCRIPS® so special it’s timing, size, and flavor. Watch video…

 

June 4, 2015  Sun World Licensees Target Greater Integration to Benefit Buyers

Licensees of Sun World table grape varieties are wide and varied in location, structure and size, spreading across the Mediterranean arc from southern Spain to Egypt and beyond, while the company is also strongly represented in South Africa. However, one aspect almost all the growers have in common is a keen interest in the UK market. Read more…

Sept 30, 2015 Sun World Adds Stone Fruit Licensees

Bakersfield, Calif.-based Sun World named six more companies to license its proprietary peach, plum, nectarine and apricot varieties, according to a news release. Read more…


Nov 24, 2015 Sun World Taps Two Chilean Grape Companies for Licensing Program

Sun World International has licensed two of Chile’s leading table grape producer-exporters, Rio King and RIOblanco, to grow and market its proprietary seedless grapes, executive vice president David Marguleas announces. The two grape companies join existing Sun World Chile grape marketer licensees: Subsole, Unifrutti, Dole, Compania Frutera Santa Maria, Gesex, Santa Elena and Exser. Read more…

Dec 7, 2015  Launching Business Sun World

Sun World International LLC has announced that it is looking to drive growth with the launch of its new entity Sun WorldRead more…

2014

Feb 6, 2014 Sun World Names Carolina Uquillas as South American Licensing Manage

Sun World is welcoming accomplished Chilean grape breeder and agronomist Carolina Uquillas to manage all of the company’s fruit licensing business throughout Brazil, Chile, and Peru. She will be based at the California company’s Santiago, Chile office

May 1, 2014 Sun World International Names Moonlight Sales Corporation Newest Licensee

Moonlight Sales Corporation in Reedley, CA is the newest licensee of Sun World International LLC, enabling the Moonlight family of companies to access and expand Sun World’s renowned peach, plum, nectarine, and apricot varieties along with marketing its premiere brands. Read more…

March 18, 2014 Sun World Announces New Licensees

Sun World International has appointed Italian-based firm Giuliano Puglia Fruit and Chilean exporters Santa Elena and Gesex as grape marketer licensees. The appointments bring Sun World’s total marketer network to 32 companies from 12 countries. Read more…

2013

Sept 30, 2013 Sun World Adds Peru and Mexico Licensees

California-based fresh produce company Sun World International, a renowned supplier and breeder of premium fruit and vegetable varieties including grapes, stonefruit and peppers, has appointed Camposol and Grupo Alta as its new grape producer-marketer licensees in Peru and Mexico respectively. Read more…

Nov 27.2017 Sun World Names International Grape Licensees

Sun World International LLC has added two marketer licensees — Freshworld and Fresh Produce Group-Western Australia — to distribute its grapes. Read more…

2012

Sun World Expands South African Stone Fruit Licensing Program

Sun World International LLC has appointed Stems Fruit Pty Ltd, a relatively new stone fruit export company in South Africa, as a licensed stone fruit marketer. Read more…

Agricola Don Ricardo Joins Sun World as Licensee

Sun World has appointed Peruvian grape specialist Agricola Don Ricardo (ADR) as its first grape producer-marketer licensee in the Andean nation. Read more…

2011

July 5, 2011 Sun World MIDNIGHT BEAUTY® – Behind the Greens Video

Cecilia Rivera, Grape Quality Manager of Sun World International talks about the Midnight Beauty® grape in the Coachella Valley. Watch Video…

Seedless Grapes – Behind The Greens Video

Meet Terry Bacon, director of Sun World’s Variety Development as he explains how new varieties brought into the making. See him explain the breeding process and factors that influence the making of new varieties. Watch video…