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Grape Crush Report May be Impacted by Government Shutdown

The ongoing federal government shutdown, which began Dec. 22, may soon affect a key program of great importance to winegrape growers. Thursday, Jan. 10 is the deadline for wineries to submit grape purchase data from the 2018 harvest to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Pacific Region office. NASS collects and compiles the data for …

Sun-Maid Marketing Plan to Increase Demand for California Raisins

The California raisin industry maintains their reputation for producing the highest quality raisins in the world; however, they are no longer the highest yielding raisin community in the world.  The dynamics of raisin marketing also need to evolve with changing economic and consumer trends.  Sun-Maid CEO Harry Overly addressed this at their Annual Meeting and shared Sun-Maid’s plans to increase …

How to Keep California Raisin Vineyards in the Ground

Over the last couple years, Central Valley raisin growers have been receiving great prices for their crop; however, that hasn’t stopped the continual raisin grape vineyard pullouts going on. So what’s going to change the tide and bring more balance and longterm prosperity for this much needed industry in California? Check out this interview with Sun-Maid Chairman Jeff Jue and …

Sun Maid Rationale Behind Opting out of the Raisin Bargaining Association

Sun-Maid made a big decision this year to opt out of the Raisin Bargaining Association’s negotiated field price for the first time ever.  While growers were excited about receiving the highest price ever for their raisins, Sun-Maid representatives felt the price was too high under current circumstances in the world raisin market.  Watch this interview with Sun-Maid Chairman Jeff Jue, …

“NEW” SUN-MAID HOLDS 106th ANNUAL MEETING

Sun-Maid Growers of California held its 106th Annual membership meeting at the Convention Center’s “New Exhibit Hall” in Downtown Fresno.  The theme “It’s A New Sun-Maid” was evident throughout the event with a newly created management team and marketing strategy.  The meeting was moved for the first time in over 30 years from the Saroyan Theater to accommodate Disney’s production …

Central Coast Wine Industry Trends: Another Great Vintage

At the time of Malcolm Media’s Central Grape Expo mid-November, some growers were still out harvesting; but many took a short break to attend this popular half-day industry event.  One of the featured speakers this year was Todd Azevedo from Ciatti Company who shared his insights on the current State of the Central Coast Wine industry, and how different varieties …

New AgTech Startups from Portugal Share Services at Fresno State

Technological Innovations in Agriculture are playing a key role in helping American farmers succeed in adapting to meet today’s challenges and remaining sustainable well into the future. But these new technologies need to start somewhere, and sometimes ‘somewhere’ can be far away in distant lands. Check out this video featuring several AgTech Startup Companies out of Portugal who visited the …

Record High CA Raisin Price Established for 2018 Crop

The Raisin Bargaining Association and packers came to an agreement on October 19th to establish the highest price ever in California raisin history for the 2018 California raisin crop.  Watch this brief interview with RBA CEO Kalem Barserian as he shares the price and update on inventory. Read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine, and be sure to attend …

Madera Grape Grower Steve Schafer Receives CAWG’s Highest Honor

If you missed the CAWG Summer Conference this year, be sure to check out this video presentation honoring the CAWG Grower of the Year, Steve Schafer. Diversified grower and Vintner in Madera, Schafer grew up in the industry and has also been involved in the community. He has served on many grower boards and leadership roles. Watch this video and …

RBA & Packers Make Progress Toward Record CA Raisin Price

Raisin Bargaining Association Board Members and packers are making progress towards finalizing the high price ever in California raisin history for the 2018 California raisin crop. Watch this brief interview with RBA CEO Kalem Barserian as he shares the progress being made, as well as the recent rainstorm impact on the crop. Read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine, …

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