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Preliminary 2023 Grape Crush Report Reveals Slight Increase from 2022

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service released the preliminary California Grape Crush Report at noon on February 10th, revealing a total 2023 crush of 3,728,923 tons, up 1.6% from the 2022 crush of 3,670,861 tons. Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of all grapes crushed, at 1,959,024 tons, up 2.3% from 2022. White wine varieties crushed totaled 1,709,270 tons, up …

First Woman Honored As Sonoma County’s Vineyard Employee of the Year

Sonoma County’s wine community has a long, rich history of women winegrowers, winemakers, winery owners, executives, and industry leaders.  Today, it has added to that legacy with the announcement by theFundación de la Voz de los Viñedos that it has chosen Yolanda Cruz, of Redwood Empire Vineyard Management (REVM), as Sonoma County’s Vineyard Employee of the Year, marking the first …

Sun-Maid Growers Evolve to Meet Consumers Where They are Today

At the annual meeting of Sun-Maid Growers of California in downtown Fresno, grower members gathered for a nice brunch while listening to the cooperative’s leadership on the current performance of the iconic brand and how California raisins can continue to command a premium market share around the world.  Watch this video with Sun-Maid President Steve Loftus, and read more in …

Applications Now Open for Children of Vineyard & Winery Workers Scholarship

The Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship, a program designed to support the children of California’s vineyard and winery workers in their pursuit of higher education, is now accepting applications for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors or students currently enrolled in junior college, four-year universities, or trade schools. Applicant or applicant’s parent/guardian must be employed …

USDA Temporarily Suspends Continuance Referendum Requirement for California Raisins

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing the temporary suspension of the continuance referendum requirement under the federal marketing order regulating the handling of raisins produced from grapes grown in California. This action suspends the continuance referendum requirement while USDA conducts formal rulemaking to amend the marketing order. The suspension will remain in place until Nov. 26, 2029. The final …

Public Hearing in February on Proposed Amendments to California Raisins Marketing Order

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the federal marketing order for California raisins Feb. 13-14, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT at the Raisin Administrative Committee offices in Fresno, California. The committee, which locally administers the marketing order, recommended the following amendments: Reduce membership from 47 to …

Opportunities to Grow Tree Nut & Wine Exports in Serbia

Serbia offers good opportunities for the U.S. exporters of consumer-oriented agriculture products. From January-October 2023, total U.S. exports of agriculture products to Serbia reached $22.6 million, an increase of about 16 percent compared to the same period in 2022. The most significant commodities traded were almonds, whiskey, bourbon, tobacco, sweet potato, pistachios, peanuts, vegetable planting seeds, pet food, cranberries, juices …

Legislation Introduced to Extend Pierce’s Disease Control Program

Last week, Assemblywoman Dawn Addis, (D-Morro Bay) introduced AB 1861 to extend a vital program within the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) that protects California’s picturesque vineyards and our iconic wine industry from deadly disease. This legislation is sponsored by the California Association of Winegrape Growers and Wine Institute. “The wine industry is integral to the economic success …

Global Bulk Wine Market Challenges to Navigate

Watch this brief interview with Turrentine Brokerage bulk wine broker Marc Cuneo following his State of the Industry report at Malcolm Media’s Tree & Vine Expo on what’s going on in the bulk wine market and the challenges that lay ahead. Read the State of the California grape industry reports in the January and upcoming issues of American Vineyard Magazine.

Waning Demand Concerning Future of the Wine Industry

At Malcolm Media’s recent Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo, Allied Grape Growers’ Jeff Bitter delivered a State of the Wine & Grape Concentrate Industry report, that left attendees concerned about the near future of the wine industry. Predicting an imminent market correction that will impact most in the industry, watch his interview and read more about it in American …

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