To celebrate the start of the new year, in this edition we take a look back at some of the highlights of 2019 and appreciate what a great year it’s been for the ARRA programme. In addition, we are thrilled to have this opportunity to thank you, our loyal readers, for staying with us throughout 2019 and we are looking forward to keeping you up to date on the further development of the ARRA programme in 2020.

Enjoy the show

On the international exhibition circuit, the Grapa team kicked off 2019 with presentations of the ARRA™ varieties at Fruit Logistica, Berlin, followed later by appearances at Fruit Logistica in  Hong Kong, PMA Fresh Fruit Summit in California, the Global Grape Summit in London and Fruit Attraction in Madrid. As always, these events provided a great opportunity to present the ARRA varieties to a global audience.

Those were the days

In keeping with tradition, the year saw the presentation of the annual ARRA field days at the ARD breeding programme site in Bakersfield. The field days were the first held since the passing of dear John Giumarra Jr. and his presence was sorely missed. 

The pictures of the field days below, bring back great memories of hot days and even hotter grapes and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone again to Bakersfield, in 2020.

Achieving grapeness

This year, the ARRA technical teams worldwide once again pulled out all the stops in their support of the ARRA growers. 2019, saw numerous ARRA field days and technical seminars take place across the globe. The Grapa team, which took part in many of the events, was delighted and inspired to see such dedication and enthusiasm from the participating growers towards the ARRA programme.

Snapshots from ARRA world

HaciendasBio is looking to tap into growing demand in the premium organic fruit category with the introduction of exclusive varieties such as ARRA table grapes. Press here for the full article.

Grapa’s focus is on giving the growers excellent, top quality, sustainable ARRA varieties that are suitable for high volume production and can easily replace inferior, traditional varieties. Press here for the full article.

“ARRA grapes in California are famous for surviving adverse weather conditions and have a sweet taste. After the successful production of ARRA 15, ARRA 32 is next in line.” Press here for the full article.

Grapa’s social media platforms were very active this year and the ARRA varieties certainly created a buzz on Instagram.

2019, has been a great year for the ARRA programme; With the increasing popularity and solid reputation of the ARRA varieties, this year, we have seen expansion into new countries, new growers, new extensions and new ARRA varieties hitting the markets. In addition, we have been thrilled to welcome new team members to the Grapa and ARRA technical teams worldwide. 

We are looking forward to 2020 with enthusiasm and confidence in the bright future ahead for the ARRA programme worldwide.

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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.