In this edition of the Grapa Newsletter, we bring you exciting updates on the ARRA Mystic Dream™ harvest in Australia, as well as a sneak peek of Brazil right before the season kicks off. We also give you a glimpse of the Grapa team members who will be speaking at the upcoming Global Grape Congress, sharing their valuable insights and experiences with industry counterparts.
Not to be overlooked, ARRA Mystic Dream has a fantastic shelf life. Fresh produce traders know how important it is to have a product that can hold well during transport and then on the supermarket shelves.
In Sunraysia, Alpha Fresh Australia just finished picking and packing ARRA Mystic Dream™ and we would like to convey to our readers the excellent results of these young vines.
Our ARRA Mystic Dream is in its first year of production and has proven to be a resilient variety in a year of extreme threat of disease during the spring. It is an excellent variety and shows great ability to stay on the vines. The vines are merely 18 months old and they yielded a very substantial crop this first-year production”
Upcoming first semester sneak peek
Augusto Prado, Grapa Brazil President, provides an update on the commencement of the Brazilian season: “Following two extremely challenging harvests during 2022, where we experienced completely adverse weather conditions with well above average rainfall, we have commenced the 2023 season with favourable weather and minimal rainfall”.
Stay tuned to see how the ARRA Brazil season will unfold!
On March 28th, the virtual Global Grape Congress will be live from Melbourne and London. Using a combination of talks, interviews, and discussions, the Global Grape Congress delves into all aspects of the business, including the creation of new grape varieties, the implementation of new technologies, and the exploration of new markets.
Don’t miss out on the chance to join Grapa at the Global Grape Congress 2023.
Uzi Yaron Grapa R&D Director
In his upcoming talk, Uzi will discuss how the ARRA Varieties are helping growers combat the threat of climate change. The talk will conclude with a discussion on whether there is a balance to strike between a grape’s resistance to extreme weather conditions and its overall eating quality, or if the latter is non-negotiable. Overall, this will be an informative and insightful talk for growers and marketers alike who are concerned about the impact of climate change on global grape production.
Alexandra Sapir Grapa Chief Operating and Legal Affairs Officer
Alex will discuss how science and the law can support breeders in the table grape industry. Specifically, the focus will be on protecting intellectual property, as the illegal planting of licensed varieties is a major challenge that undermines efforts to add value to the industry. Alex will explore possible solutions and strategies that companies and governments can implement to strengthen protections for breeders and IP holders in this field.
Grapa Global Tech Support Advisor
At this year’s Global Grape Congress, Andre will be presenting a talk on the burgeoning table grape business in Namibia and the prospects for future growth. Andre started his career in the fresh produce industry 4 decades ago as a table grape producer in South Africa. His career continued in Aussenkehr, Namibia, where he managed and established mega table grape farms. With his knowledge in the field and vision of the evolving industry, Andre played a pioneering role in the Namibian scene of new cultivar developments.
For a preview of Andre’s interview published on Fruitnet CLICK HERE.
YES! The ARRA Field Day dates are here!
Details on registrations coming soon