In spite of the Covid pandemic and its resulting restrictions, the season in Egypt has got off to a good start and this week we are very excited to report on the ARRA™ and Early Sweet™ harvests of a selection of our Egyptian licensees.

Blue Nile have been exporting produce to Europe for over twenty five years, with a major focus on the UK market. During this time, Blue Nile have gained a reputation for reliability, consistency and above all, quality and safety. This season, the Blue Nile team have produced crops which show the ARRA varieties at their best.

ARRA Sugar Drop™ (ARRA 30)

This early white seedless variety is very fertile, has an excellent eating quality and holds up well on the vine and in cold storage.

This typical ARRA Sugar Drop crop was cultivated by the Blue Nile technical team who followed Grapa's recommendations regarding the bunch shape and growing practices. The dedication of the Blue Nile team has resulted in great success and achievement.

ARRA Passion Fire™ (ARRA 29)

The colour in the picture below isn’t photoshopped :), this is the colour of ARRA Passion Fire at its best, reflecting the sweetness and crunchiness of the variety. ARRA Passion Fire is an early variety with great eating quality and shelf life.

Early Sweet™

This variety, well known for its very high fertility, is the earliest commercial, seedless, white variety worldwide.

Early Sweet, our continuous and successful variety, still stars as the best early white variety in the market with its great eating quality and shelf life. Our North African licensees have refined their growing protocols to perfection.

Agrostar’s great reputation is built on years of hard work and the vast knowledge of Mr. Mokhles Harraz, the owner and founder of this unique, top quality, table grapes production company. Their desire to learn and constantly improve upon the quality of their selected varieties is the flagship of the company.

ARRA Passion Fire

ARRA Passion Fire™ (ARRA 29)

The colour in the picture below isn’t photoshopped :), this is the colour of ARRA Passion Fire at its best, reflecting the sweetness and crunchiness of the variety. ARRA Passion Fire is an early variety with great eating quality and shelf life.

Agrostar's first-year production of ARRA Passion Fire is absolutely stunning. It is no surprise that Mr. Mokhles Harraz has reached such a high level of quality and perfection in this first year.

Agrostar owner and NFC member (ARRA agency in Egypt), Mokhles Harraz, describes their first-year production of ARRA Passion Fire, “The average berry size is 22-24mm, with some berries reaching 25mm. The colour is very good with just one week to go before harvest. Press play to see Agrostar’s Passion Fire vineyard.

ARRA Sugar Drop

This season, Nasmo’s three-year-old ARRA Sugar Drop vineyard has produced one of its best crops. There is no doubt that the technical team have adapted the right growing practice to produce such great quality.

Regardless of the current pandemic, Technogreen succeeded in producing high quality harvests this season. Technogreen’s Farm Manager, Eng. Mostafa Hassan explains, “This season we achieved high quality in spite of the pandemic, and by the workers applying the recommended preventative safety measures we were able to overcome the dangers of infection from the Coronavirus during the harvest. The only problem we faced this season was the lack of daily workers due to the lockdown that was enforced during the Eid.”

ARRA 24

A very early, black variety harvested at the same time as Early Sweet. A sweet and tasty variety that the Egyptian growers produce and harvest as a complementary black variety to Early Sweet.

ARRA Sugar Drop

Pictured here are the impressive results of Technical Manager, Eng. Fayez Dowidar's experience and improved growing protocols. Today Technogreen is the largest ARRA and ARRA Sugar Drop producer in Egypt.

ARRA Passion Fire

Eng. Fayez’s vast experience has produced a great crop of ARRA Passion Fire showing both excellent yield and quality. It appears that the Egyptian ARRA growers have reached the right growing practice, producing premium ARRA Passion Fire.

The team at Pico are happy with this season’s Early Sweet harvest. As Pico Quality Manager, Eng. Mohamed Ashraf reports, “In general, the acceleration of Brix this season was very good and took place at a normal rate without the need for any special applications. In addition, the weather helped a lot with the brix and also with the sizing, all sizes were in line with the quality requirements of the U.K.” 

Early Sweet

Pico was one of the first growers in Egypt to plant the Early Sweet with great success thanks to their technical team, who improved and modified the growing protocol to a level of quality and productivity, ensuring that the prestige of the variety will be maintained for many years to come.

FATA is owned by Mr. Hamdy Fayed who is also the Managing Director. All of FATA’s ARRA varieties are sold in high-end British supermarkets, including Marks & Spencers. Hamdy, as a member of NFC, is proud to represent the best of the ARRA varieties’ quality to the UK market and we appreciate the exceptional quality and culture practices employed on FATA farms.

ARRA Passion Fire

Hamdy says of ARRA Passion Fire, “It has a good eating quality, especially when the Brix is over 17, then it becomes crunchy and the colour gets richer.”

ARRA Passion Fire, ready for harvest; uniform, large and sweet

ARRA Sweeties™ (ARRA 15)

Planted worldwide due to its adaptability to differing climates. this variety is very fertile, has an exceptional eating quality, great shipping performance and long shelf life. Hamdy reports, “The ARRA Sweeties is a beautiful, white, seedless grape which easily replaces Thompson. It is crunchy and sweet and this may be the reason to name it Sweeties!”

ARRA Sweeties pictured one week before harvest. The FATA team have improved their culture practice of growing the ARRA 15 to a level of perfection.

 FATA’s ARRA Sweeties vineyard

ARRA 24

It took Hamdy a while to adapt the right growing protocol for the ARRA 24 which responds totally differently in the Egyptian environment compared to the Californian practice and to educate the Egyptian ARRA growers to succeed commercially in growing the ARRA 24.

ARRA 24: The ARRA solution for an early black variety joining ARRA's best three colour range for the Egyptian exporters.

Magrabi farms are well known for their top quality grape production. They are the largest Early Sweet producers in Egypt and continue to plant and develop the variety by all means.

Early Sweet

Great culture practise of bunch and berry size and uniformity

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the growers for their continued support of the ARRA and Early Sweet programmes in Egypt and for kindly sharing with us the pictures and material for the newsletter. 

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