In this week’s edition of our Newsletter, we are proud to share with our readers the early ARRA varieties soon to be harvested in South Africa and Namibia. In addition, we will have a sneak peek from Australia as well as from the successful Brazilian ARRA Field days held in Petrolina.

ARRA Sugar Drop™ (ARRA 30)

In light of the start of the season in Southern Africa, AJ Jansen van Vuuren, Table Grape Manager at TopFruit, the exclusive territorial agent for the commercialization of the ARRA™ and Early Sweet™ varieties in Southern Africa.

The South African and Namibian table grape industry had quite the roller-coaster ride in the 2020/21 season. Climatic challenges, container shortages and the Covid effect on buyers, had a very negative impact on our industry. On the one hand, several producers suffered greatly with claims but on the other hand, some producers were very fortunate to reap the rewards of early varieties that were packed before the rain had an effect and before all the mid-season varieties took up the available shipping space.

ARRA 15 (ARRA Sweeties™)

Such dreadful seasons give one the chance to see how varieties measure up against these challenges. With varieties such as ARRA 15 (ARRA Sweeties™) and ARRA 29 (ARRA Passion Fire™) now planted in big volumes, we had the chance to see how they perform in such a difficult year.

AJ Jansen van Vuuren, Table Grapes Manager at TopFruit

AJ says: “We are delighted to report that when it comes to net profit, ARRA 15 is one of the leading varieties according to local research groups, and the other ARRA™ varieties are not far off. Average prices and quality reports looked excellent and ARRA 29 (ARRA Passion Fire™) received exceptionally good reports”.

ARRA 29 harvesting this week in Limpopo

All varieties have their own limiting factors but the goal is to manage those factors efficiently in order to produce good quality grapes with good farmgate returns. The ARRA™ range has shown us that getting the highest price per carton should not always be the main goal. Looking at net profit over a 5 – 10 year period, TopFruit has gathered sufficient data that clearly indicate which varieties are best suited to which areas. The ARRA™ range has many attributes that allow producers to manage risk effectively and ensure that even in difficult seasons it will perform well.

AJ continues: “We have always said that the ARRA™ range is well known for being very labor-friendly, can withstand rain and has good storage ability. This is almost synonymous with our varieties by now, and we can see this reflected in recent sales figures. Producers have no choice but to plant varieties that are labor-friendly and that can withstand rain and the ARRA varieties are therefore perfect”.

ARRA 33 harvesting this week in Marble Hall, Limpopo

ARRA 33 (ARRA Honey Pop™) is another very good example of a variety with very low production cost as it hardly needs any labor intervention. We are very excited about this variety and optimistic that it will dominate the early white seedless market in the coming years. The word is out, producers are also interested and orders are streaming in for ARRA 33 (ARRA Honey Pop™)!

We are proud to report that in all provinces and growing areas, the ARRA varieties are looking extremely good. Fertility is looking good on all varieties and even with climatic challenges, we believe it is going to be a very good harvest. The first producer started harvesting Early Sweet™ last week.

Last week the Namibian Grape Growers Association (NGGA) hosted the annual Namibian info day. Click here to read the news shared by TopFruit on FreshPlaza.

We wish all South African and Namibian ARRA and Early Sweet producers a fruitful season!

John Staier, licensed ARRA producer and owner of Wurlin Pty Ltd will be harvesting ARRA 30 in his field in Emerald next week. Some vineyards are in their second year of production and some others are in their third year. John reports: “We’re very impressed once again by the yield per vine, the quality of the variety (ARRA 30) and the early lignification of the canes, which helps with resistance to disease through our wet season, giving us great confidence in next year’s crop. We were extremely pleased with this variety last season, and we’re equally as impressed this season with the promise of a fruitful crop.”

The Grapa team in Brazil held field days, over the course of 3 days, in order to present the new promising varieties currently under evaluation in Brazil. During each field tour, new varieties were introduced to the participants, allowing for the growers to have an opportunity to see them on the vine and to taste them. 

The Brazilian Team (Left to right): Augusto Prado, Russaika Nascimento, Amanda Rodriguez and Alana Gois.
Vered Karniel and Uzi Yaron could not be happier to have the opportunity to travel to Brazil and participate in these very successful field days

Stay tuned, we will report much more about this great event in our next edition!

Why Gesvatec?

We are all familiar with the difficulties of enforcing an effective control over the legal origin of the fruits and for this particular reason, and for many years now, Grapa is working with Gesvatec, an accreditation system to assure in a straightforward way the traceability and legitimacy of the origin of the fruit.

Gesvatec is used by breeders, IPR Companies and licensees of protected plant varieties to effectively monitor the legality of their protected products and have better control over the production of the legal origin of the product. Detecting illegal productions and identifying any possible irregularities that may arise in the process of commercialization not only protects the owner of the varieties but also the same producer from the illegal competition.

Grapa informs traders and retailers annually, of the use of the Gesvatec sticker, which had become an important tool for the supply chain to identify the legal origin of the produce. EU customs officers are also utilizing and checking if shipments carry the Gesvatec sticker. This has helped Grapa seize and subsequently destroy three illegal shipments in recent years with the last one being only a few months ago.
Follow this link for the full article published in FreshPlaza. 

Don’t miss out on these other newsletters:

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.