California grape shipments setting records

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The month of August has seen record shipments for grapes from California, posting week-ending totals of over 4 million boxes three weeks in a row, according to the California Table Grape Commission.

According to USDA data, more than 28 million boxes of California table grapes have been shipped from the beginning of the year through August 23.

The year-to-date total is 10 percent ahead of last year, which saw a record-high season total volume that surpassed the 100 million 19-pound box equivalent mark for the first time in history.

Earlier this year, a study conducted by The NPD Group found that fresh fruit is the top snack food and the fastest growing snack food in America.

“Shoppers are becoming more health conscious about the food they buy for themselves and their families,” Kathleen Nave, president of the commission, “As one of the top-selling fruit categories, grapes are a good fit for today’s shopper.”

Grapes from California are available around the world, with over 40 percent of the crop exported. The 2013 season started in May 2013 and will continue through January 2014. Over 60 percent of the crop is shipped after August 31.

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