Table grape imports ramp up for Divine Flavor
As the winter days come to an end in the Northern Hemisphere, peak production of grapes will start ramping up in volume from Peru, Chile and South Africa for importer Divine Flavor. The grower-distributor anticipates a strong second half of the season on premium red and white seedless grapes coming from those regions which strategically connects with new vineyards in Jalisco, Mexico at Grupo Alta.
“The next six to eight weeks should bring plenty of opportunity to promote premium red seedless varieties at very attractive prices delivering great value for consumers," said Antonio Escobar, grapes category manager of Divine Flavor.
“White seedless grape supplies will also continue steadily and we’re expecting decent volumes of Sweet Globe and Autumn Crisp coming from Peru, Chile, and South Africa,” he said.
Divine Flavor has been involved with the import deal for the past five years and the company has established strong roots with growers such as Ecosac located in Puira, Peru and Santa Elena and Unifrutti who have growing regions throughout Chile.
“Our partners in Chile and Peru are really top-notch and not only have the ability to meet industry requirements but they also have the passion to grow grapes just like we do in Mexico,” said Escobar. “We’ve been able to complement each other to build a great partnership that delivers excellent grapes from November through July.”
The month of March will see more shipments of specialty varieties such as the company’s Jellyberries and Candy Hearts, followed by the Chilean Muscat Beauty. Divine Flavor will transition to their Jalisco season at Grupo Alta the first weeks of April starting with Timpson, followed by Sweet Globe and Autumn Crisp, all premium white seedless, and finally in this region, Cotton Candy.
“Whether it’s our continued development with our partners in South America or internally at our farms in Mexico, we are always looking for ways to improve flavor and the eating experience because in the end, we all agree that’s what matters the most,” said Escobar.
Photo: Antonio Escobar