California grape marketers will benefit from strong retail sales through the balance of the year and should weather the COVID-19 crisis in good shape.
Talking about COVID-19 adjustments and the grape outlook, The Packer’s Tom Karst spoke July 6 with John Pandol, director of special projects for Delano, Cali.-based Pandol Bros.
U.S. imports of fresh fruits in May were down 10.4% compared with a year ago, while fresh vegetable imports jumped 17%, according to newly released statistics.
The contraction of U.S. foodservice business in April because of the COVID-19 crisis apparently contributed to a steep fall in U.S. fruit and vegetable imports, according to new trade numbers.
Led by grapes, avocados and berries, U.S. imports of fruits and vegetables rose 6% from May 2019 through April, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture trade statistics.
U.S. fresh oranges and tangerines showed the best year-over-year growth of any major fresh commodity in export sales in the year from May 2019 through April this year.
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