ARRA Fire Crunch™ Sparking the Senses

The Red Star of Piura, Peru

There is a huge buzz around the ARRA Fire Crunch™, now being harvested in Piura, Peru. This past week Pura Fruit opened their gates to share their beautiful results. Growers and traders from near and far were eager to be part of the special tours that Karl Conrads, founder and CEO of Grapasa, the territorial representative for the ARRA™ varieties in South America, led among the rows. Over a few days, general managers and farm managers from leading producers and exporters, came to see ARRA Fire Crunch shining on the vines right before harvest.

Amazing in all parameters

The esteemed guests were thoroughly impressed, so we are glad to share some of their reactions:

“Noteworthy fertility, especially in a very challenging year in Piura.”

“Extraordinary crunchiness.”

“A brilliant red colour.”

“Great eating quality.”

“Outstanding rachis, strong and green.”

“Easy to grow.”

“Excellent berry size, 24-26 mm and weight, average 10,5 g, about 3 g more than other varieties of comparable size.”

“Strong vines to support a heavy crop that reaches close to 40 tons per ha.”

And to think that all this was achieve from vines planted in the first week of January 2023.

Five Star ARRA Fire Crunch

Everyone who sees and tastes this remarkable, mid-season sparkling red variety, is mesmerized. The eating quality is literally out of this world. It’s totally different from any grape anyone’s seen. Hard to describe in words, but it’s like eating an apple and everyone who tastes them experiences a joyful celebration of the pallet.

Samples of ARRA Fire Crunch from Peru are on their way to one of the leading retailers in the US and we can’t wait to hear about their arrival.

ARRA Sweeties™ Leading White Seedless of Chile

The Chile Table Grape season kicks off in Copiapo, region III. The grape growers have big hopes that this season will be a “kinder” year, allowing the grapes to reach the shelves on time, with good quality. Indeed, so far, the season is starting a little bit earlier than usual and growers are focused on producing high quality grapes to offer the best for the consumers.

ARRA Sweeties™, off to market

Guillermo Baez, ARRA agronomist at Grapasa (the territorial representative for the ARRA™ varieties in South America), covers the northern regions of the country. He recently visited the Rio Blanco farms, during ARRA Sweeties™ harvest. Year after year you can see the impressive results reached by Rio Blanco.

ARRA Sweeties is the leading exported white seedless variety in Chile, as has been recently published.

The next region to be ready for harvest will be IV, Ovalle and Vicuña. We look forward to bringing you news in upcoming editions.

All of us at Grapasa and Grapa wish the ARRA growers a fruitful season.

ARRA Field Day Variety Spotlight

The TopFruit team, the exclusive territorial agent for the commercialization of the ARRA™ varieties and Early Sweet™ in Southern Africa, is making sure everyone gets to experience ARRA Honey Pop™. In week 47, a Field Day was held at Sweet Sensation Farm, Augrabies, Northern Cape. There was great attendance from big growers and also key export companies present on the day. Attendees could enjoy seeing the beautiful performance of the ARRA Honey Pop in their commercial block. This very early variety received good feedback and a lot of attention.

ARRA Honey Pop has too many upsides to consider anything else

DJ Strauss, Sweet Sensation Farm Head Manager, explained the growing protocols of ARRA Honey Pop and shared his bottom line with the attendees: “Compared to other early white varieties, this one has too many upsides to even consider anything else”. He further explains: “The amount of labour used here is minimal and so you can benefit at farm level already; farming more cost effective”.

Great Excitement around ARRA Fire Crunch and ARRA Cherry Crush

During the field day the attendees also visited Sweet Sensation’s commercial ARRA Passion Fire™ block. At the farm’s trial plot there was great excitement around the ARRA Fire Crunch™ and ARRA Cherry Crush™, although it is still at an early stage. Producers and marketers plan to keep an eye on the progress of these two varieties throughout the season.

Elsewhere in the Northern Cape

Namibia ARRA Shine in all Colours

AJ Jansen van Vuuren, Table Grape Manager at TopFruit, made a whirlwind visit to Namibia, which turned out to be an opportunity to share a glimpse of the ARRA Passion Fire and ARRA Sweeties™ at Namibian Grape Company farms.  The early red ARRA Passion Fire boasts beautiful bunches with berries between 24-26mm. These began harvest already last week. Some of the earlier ARRA Sweeties plots are ready for harvest and are a truly impressive sight. You’ve got to see these beauties, start with the video below!
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Red Hot with ARRA Passion Fire

So Sweet Sweeties

Early ARRA Varieties steal the show at 10th ITGS

Last week the tenth ITGS (international table grape symposium) was held at the beautiful Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West RSA. Over five hundred delegates (49% international and 51% South African), took part to share and learn from the symposium’s main topic: “where science meets industry”.

Grapa Varieties and TopFruit were proud to be among the sponsors of this peak industry event. It was so fitting to the ARRA program’s focus, that the speaker Schalk Reynolds of the South African Society of Oenology and Viticulture, told attendees: “Climate change will be one of the big things going forward”. 

Where Science Meets Industry

Arnold Viljoen, Specialist Viticulturist at TopFruit, remarked that he was very impressed by the extent to which “the symposium presentations covered a large range of research and science-based topics delivered by extremely knowledgeable individuals. The opening address by Prof David Hughes was very insightful as it covered the topic of global marketing and branding in the table grape industry.”

He details highlights: “Presentation topics such as the use of carboxylic acid as a replacement for ethephon, ensuring better colour in grapes; the use and the effect of netting and plastic on vineyards; the effects of early gibberellic acid on rachis and cluster shoulders were all very insightful. Presentations on breakthroughs in table grape technology by using artificial intelligence, to optimise production into the future was fascinating.”

ARRA Varieties Stand Strong

The ARRA Varieties stand was beautifully organized and managed by the TopFruit marketing team’s Liza Matthews and Herschelle Mentoor. Every day the stand displayed fresh very early and early varieties from Namibia and the Northern Cape.

Everyone at the symposium was talking about the ARRA varieties, the only table grapes available for tasting, thereby clearly showing how early these varieties are. On show were ARRA Honey Pop™, ARRA Passion Star™, ARRA Passion Fire™ and Early Sweet™. Delegates were eager to taste and loved every bite.

Magical ARRA Dinner

The symposium brought together many from all over the world, making it the perfect opportunity to gather ARRA Partners from near and far for an unforgettable evening. Everyone celebrated their passion for table grapes at the magical Longridge Wine Estate. At the welcome reception, guests viewed the video about Shachar Karniel, paying homage to the man behind the ARRA Varieties. So, for those who missed it view now.

This was a wonderful, magical evening, with everything one could ask for: lovely weather, amazing view and perfect atmosphere. Together, at one long table, the ARRA worldwide family enjoyed a special gathering filled with laughter, interesting discussions and delicacies. 

The team is now heading off to the Northern Cape for the last part of the symposium.

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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.