In the first case ever in Greece involving the enforcement of Community Plant Variety Rights Grapa Co, owners of Early Sweet and the exclusive master licensee for the ARRA table grape varieties, and SNFL Group, exclusive master licensee for Ralli Seedless and of the Sheehan Genetics table grape varieties, have together successfully taken legal action in a Greek court against a Greek nursery. Grapa and SNFL became aware that a…
In May 2015 a grape shipment arriving from Egypt containing two and a half tons of illegally grown grapes was destroyed at the Belgian customs. The grapes were of a protected variety and were grown without the necessary license. The variety in subject is the well-known white seedless grape variety “Early Sweet”™, owned by Grapa Company. Grapa is a family owned business based in Cyprus; it was founded over 15…
Belco one of Egypt's leading fresh fruit and vegetable exporters is preparing for their forthcoming grape season. Harvesting is due to begin in the second week of May with the Early Sweet variety. Mr El Beltagy explains that Egypt had the warmest winter he has ever experienced, "actually I can say that we almost had no winter". This warm weather had a positive affect on quality, naturally thinning the bunches…
Early SweetTM is the earliest white seedless table grape variety commercialy available, ripening at least 5 days before its competitors, and provides good eating quality, slight muscat flavour, crisp texture and an overall eating quality which has resulted in it being very well received in the marketplace. It is moderately rain tolerant and performed well over the past season in the Northem Province with very little berry split/crack, even though…
The timing of the harvest of the first grapes is critical because shippers try to place grapes on supermarket shelves in the UK and northern Europe prior to Christmas, in an attempt to secure good returns. One of the earliest and largest production regions is along the Orange River, the border between South Africa and Namibia. Here, grapes are harvested in desert conditions and temperatures soar to more than 30oC…
MTEX, one of Israel’s leading growers and exporters of fresh produce is expecting to start the season of the early sweet grapes about week 23. This is more or less the same period as last year which is in keeping with the total harvest of Israel. “We are expecting to harvest 3000 tons of the Early Sweet and about 1500 to 2000 tons will be exported” Says Dirk Willem Blijleven,…
Agrexco has reported an impressive 25 per cent increase in exports of its Carmel green grape variety Early Sweet, a popular variety in Europe and on the UK market in particular. Agrexco states that both quality and quantity are good this season, and the company anticipates a yield of 2,500 tonnes, up from last year’s 2,000 tonnes. Israel’s climate is conducive to a long grape season, since vines grown in…
Early Sweet, the licensed white seedless variety bred by Israeli company Grapa, is set to make even bigger strides in the UK market next year. New on the scene in commercial volumes only last year, the variety has quickly overcome the traditional suspicion of new strains. One importer described it as having “the best potential of any variety out there” last week. Grapa director Nomi Karniel-Padan told FPJ that a…
Israeli grape breeder Grapa, which has its administrative base in Cyprus, has become more prominent in the UK in the last 12 months through the introduction of its Grapaes variety. The secret to the grape’s success is held within its name – but it was the former rather than the latter part of that which got supermarket suppliers in the UK standing up and taking note. There was a discernible…
Early Sweet™ grapes are set to make a big volume breakthrough in the UK market this year and Nomi Karniel-Padan, director of breeder Grapa, was in the country last week to meet the category’s leading players and put a face to the variety. The GRAPAES variety has been part of Grapa’s breeding programme since the early 1990s and began the laborious process of obtaining protected breeder’s rights in 1999. Two…