Last month Grapa and Giumarra conducted their annual open field day for the ARRA varieties in Bakersfield, California. "Over 300 visitors from all over the world attended the ARRA breading program in Giumarra vineyards, making this field day our largest yet," said Rafi Karniel, managing director for Grapa. "This year's open field day definitely lived up to the high standards and the feedbacks we received were very positive," he added.…
Last month, Grapa and Giumarra hosted open field days in Bakersfield, California to give potential licensees a look at the ARRA grape varieties developed through the ARD breeding program. The ARD event hosted over 200 attendees over three days, in what was their biggest event to date. “This was the largest three-day event we've had,” said Shachar Karniel, Grapa founder and head of the ARD breeding program. “There were growers…
Nile Fruits Horticultural Company (NFC), an Egyptian partnership between Technogreen, Agrostar, Fata and Yara companies, recently finalized a deal with Grapa to license the ARRA varieties in Egypt. The deal grants NFC the agency for the ARRA varieties in Egypt. It also provides NFC with the exclusive rights to propagate the ARRA plant material as well as test and evaluate future selections of ARRA varieties. “We see Egypt’s great importance…
A.V.I. Srl and GRAPA Varieties Ltd are pleased to present "ARRAs", a new range of varietal selection of seedless table grapes. The grapes belong to the family Giumarra from Bakersfield (California), with over 70 years of experience in table grapes production and marketing. The "ARRAs" are the result of several decades of experimentation and development by Mr Shachar Karniel and Mr Sal Giumarra. The Karniel family have always been dedicated…
Tucked away on 25 acres just south of Bakersfield California, lies a unique table grape breeding program. The ARD breeding program was founded by Giumarra Vineyards Corp., which is one of the largest growers and marketers of fresh produce in the United States. The ARD breeding program is in its thirteenth year of developing new ARRA grape varieties in search of the ultimate grape. “The ARD breeding standards are very,…
Egyptian grape grower Belco is producing Arra11 for supply to UK importer Mack for the first time this year. The fruit comes from the Arra breeding project in California and has unprecedentedly high sugar levels for an early season white seedless grape. It also has a crispy, crunchy texture and typically larger berry size. Sherif and Mohsen El-Beltagy, who own Belco, have been growing in Egypt for 30 years and…
The competitive world of grape breeding has been firmly in focus for Mack over recent years. There remain supply windows in the calendar which would benefit enormously from a better eating grape variety in abundant supply. The picture is complicated, with weather and technical issues all playing their parts, but the ARRA breeding programme is proving itself to be a great partner for growers around the world, producing varieties of…
Romeo’s Best, an innovative Australian grower, has been on the lookout for ways of supplying consumers with grapes 52 weeks out of the year. With their most recent license agreement for growing the ARRA varieties bred by Giumarra Vineyards’ subsidiary, Agricultural Research & Development (ARD LLC), it looks like they’ll be achieving their goal. Currently, the Australian growing season is limited to November through July. But Glenn Egan, Romeo’s Best’s…
On 26th August, 2011 the first Open Field Day, organized in Apulia (Italy) by A.V.I. Srl and GRAPA Varieties Ltd, took place in order to show the first results on the growing of the new assortment of ARRA seedless table grape varietal selections. The 'ARRAs' are the result of various decades of experimentation and development by Mr. Shachar Karniel (ARD-Agricultural Research Development director) and Mr. Sal Giumarra. The Karniel family…
To watch the video on youtube click here. On today's episode of Behind the Greens, we travel to Giumarra Vineyards, located in the fertile San Joaquin Valley. The family owned and operated Giumarra Vineyards is the proud producer of well known labels, like the GrapeKing, ARRA and Honeybunch brands, as well as a special mix of recently released varieties such as the Autumn King, Scarlet Royal and Sweet Scarlet. In…