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China’s Raisin Production Rebounds After Previous Failed Crop

China’s raisin production is forecast at 180,000 MT in MY2021/22, a rebound of 20 percent from a failed crop in the previous year due to Covid-19 outbreaks in Xinjiang that prevented harvest and processing. Raisin imports are expected to improve to 23,000 MT in MY2021/22 as domestic consumption recovers, especially in the food processing sector. China’s raisin export market remains …

South Africa Increases Raisin Production & Export Position

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service forecasts that South African raisin production will rebound to normal levels and increase by 19 percent to 85,000 Metric Tons (MT) in the 2021/22 Market Year (MY), based on normal weather conditions, an increase in area planted, new orchards coming into full production, an improvement in yields due to new varieties and production practices, wine …

Risk Management in a Post-COVID-19 World for Oregon Vineyards & Wineries

Oregon Wine Research Institute — In recent weeks, many have read business and industry-oriented news articles about the “important lessons learned” for business managers as we look back at the past 14 months and how the COVID-19 pandemic upended so much of our lives. One of the recurring topics in these articles has revolved around the idea of “risk management.” Of course, …

Opportunities & Challenges for the Russian Wine Market

In 2019, Russia was the world’s ninth largest importer of wine in both volume and value. However, the Russian Ministry of Agriculture is focused on making wine production one of the key branches of agriculture in the country. While domestic wine production is growing, so have wine imports. In 2020, an increase in excise taxes, a decrease in real incomes, …

USDA Announces New & Expanded Pandemic Assistance for Farmers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is establishing new programs and efforts to bring financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and producers who felt the impact of COVID-19 market disruptions. The new initiative—USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers—will reach a broader set of producers than in previous COVID-19 aid programs. USDA is dedicating at least $6 billion toward the new …

Nearly 70% of Essential Sonoma Co. Ag Workers Vaccinated

As efforts to vaccinate essential agricultural and production workers struggle to proceed throughout California and the nation, Sonoma County’s farmers, vintners and health communities have been successfully partnering to get thousands of COVID-19 vaccination doses to these essential workers throughout the region. Now entering its 5th week of operation, the program has already vaccinated and scheduled vaccination appointments for more …

Vitamin K and Flavonoids Found in Fresh Grapes are Essential

A recent study published in the scientific journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that a lack of adequate vitamin K levels was associated with poor outcomes in COVID-19 patients. The researchers identified an increased need for vitamin K during a COVID-19 illness and noted that depletion or deficiency of vitamin K can have devastating consequences in the lungs. Vitamin K, a nutrient …

NAPA Valley Grapegrowers & NAPA Valley Farmworker Foundation Reach Millions Through Covid-19 Response

In the face of this year’s challenges, Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) and the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation (FWF) have maintained a steady focus and commitment to supporting the community through challenging times. In 2020, the organizations provided vital information and resources to grape growers, vineyard managers, vineyard workers, and their families. Together, NVG and FWF: Formed a COVID-19 Taskforce to …

Australia Ramps Up Table Grape Production and Exports

Australia’s table grape production is expected to continue to expand in marketing year (MY) 2020/21 and is forecast to reach a record 240,000 metric tons (MT), up 15,000 MT from the revised MY 2019/20 estimate. This higher production is due to increased vine plantings coming into fruiting, and nearly all of this increased production is expected to go for export. …

Wine Enjoying Mini-Boom in the COVID-19 Era, but Dark Economic Clouds on Horizon

Wine drinkers across key consumption markets have been turning more often to wine as a beverage during the Covid-19 pandemic, spurred by new ‘lockdown’ occasions and more drinking outside of mealtimes, according to a new report published on October 5th 2020. Wine Consumer Trends in the Covid-19 Era draws on tracking data collected from nationally representative samples of wine drinkers …

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