In this week’s edition, the focus is on grapes in Mexico, featuring ARRA Sugar Drop™ (ARRA 30) and ARRA Passion Fire™ (ARRA 29). In addition, we update you on the events marked on Grapa’s calendar for June.

ARRA Sugar Drop™ (ARRA 30)

2019 is the year that ARRA Sugar Drop (ARRA 30) has broken through with a bang.
ARRA Sugar Drop (ARRA 30) has begun to give substantial commercial yield this year and the results speak for themselves. In a number of countries, the growers see this variety as an excellent replacement for existing early, white varieties.
There is no doubt that ARRA Sugar Drop, harvested at the right time with optimal sugar levels and crunchiness results in an amazing eating experience.

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This is the second year that Videxport’s technical team have learned and incorporated the experience of the previous year leading to the improved quality of ARRA Sugar Drop (ARRA 30). The combination of ground cover and nutrition has resulted in relatively strong vines of ARRA Sugar Drop, whose vegetation is not typically strong.

Gilberto Salazar Escalante (on left) and Carlos Salazar Molina - the new generation of the Salazar family
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ARRA Passion Fire™ (ARRA 29)

With plenty of hopes and expectations from many of our growers to see ARRA Passion Fire (ARRA 29) as the best Flame seedless replacement, after the third year of growing and practising several growing techniques, we received a beautiful great commercial production.


It is worth mentioning that Victor Romero, Videxport’s General Director, and his team already in the first year of production succeeded to produce a relatively good ARRA Passion Fire (ARRA 29) crop.  As we can see below,  this is the second year of production and the results are world class, top quality, shape and colour, among the best of grapes in Mexico.

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Victor Romero, among the impressive ARRA Passion Fire (ARRA 29)

Campos Borquez

Campos Borquez’s technical team adapted Grapa guidelines to prepare and grow the ARRA Passion Fire (ARRA 29) according to last season’s experience and protocol modification. Campos Borquez’s President, Pablo Borquez Almada, with his vision for quality for grapes in Mexico, waited for the sugar to develop, resulting in beautiful ARRA Passion Fire (ARRA 29) production with the best eating experience from this variety.

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With a shiny, deep pink-reddish colour, the crunchiness and sweetness of the berries reflect out of the pictures.
The uniformity and berry size is reached by controlling the bunch size and right applications

Where the action is, in June

The 2019 summer field day season kicks off in Egypt on June 11th with the ARRA Field Day, hosted by the ARRA agent NFC, at Technogreen’s ‘El Kata Farm’. The following varieties will be presented at the field day: the black variety ARRA 24, ARRA Passion Fire™ (ARRA 29), and ARRA Sugar Drop™ (ARRA 30).

Don’t miss two opportunites to see the ARRA™ varieties presented at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane in London this week:

On 5th June, at the Global Grape Summit, the varieties will be on display in the lobby of the summit hall until 17:00. At this inaugural summit, the world’s leading table grape specialists will gather together to discuss relevant issues such as production, new varieties and emerging markets and will feature influential speakers from the table grape industry.

On 6th June, you can see the ARRA varieties presented at the Jupiter Marketing stand (stand 212) of the London Produce Show. This annual event attracts thousands of visitors from over fifty countries.

Make a note: Starting from this week, the Grapa Newsletter will now be published bi-weekly (once every two weeks). The next newsletter edition will be arriving in your inbox on June 16th.

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ARRA Cherry Crush™

The Crush Everyone’s talking about!

Tony Calvillo, Vice President of International Business Development, Dayka & Hackett LLC, shared: “Today, we visited the ARRA Cherry Crush—a grape variety that exceeds the expectations of growers, consumers, and retailers alike. We are thrilled to witness its remarkable potential. Boasting an alluring cherry colour, impressive size, abundant production, and a perfect balance of taste and crunch, ARRA Cherry Crush creates a mutually beneficial scenario for discerning producers, consumers, and retailers.”

ARRA Fire Crunch™

Igniting the senses

Just in time for the festive season, the inaugural batch of ARRA Fire Crunch™ made its way from Peru to the USA. Karl Conrads, founder, CEO of Grapasa accompanied the first year vines from budbreak all the way to Walmart facilities in Los Angeles.

Don’t miss the footage, showing this landmark arrival, now the sky’s the limit.

ARRA Passion Fire™

Sharing the passion – Right now in Southern Africa:

“It’s a great, beautiful grape, we are having a great time packing it.” shares Gabriel Viljoen of G.P. Viljoen Farming

We’ve heard other growers excited about this year’s performance.

“The ARRA Passion Fire was probably the most beautiful red grapes around on our farms.”

ARRA Fire Kiss™

Start the season with a Kiss

This year, attendees got a firsthand look at ARRA Fire Kiss™ in Egypt. What stood out was how distinctly different it was from the Flame, leaving no doubt that it is the perfect Flame replacement.