This years unusual weather has delayed the grape harvest and caused some quality issues that are now starting to show. As a result of the weather we have seen increased prices and lower availability on premium quality export shipments from California.
This time of year tends to get a little tricky as the quality in the late season fruit tends to be questionable and most buyers switch to Southern Hemisphere supplies from Chile, Peru & Brazil.
Prices on red seeded grapes are higher than normal due to limited availability. Red seedless varieties however are more competitive due to larger volume. Green seedless grapes have remained expensive throughout the season and will remain high priced until the Chilean arrivals start increasing around the first and second weeks of February.