World Table Grape Situation and Outlook
|Total production is expected to remain flat in the 2000 season for selected Northern Hemisphere table grape producing countries, while exports are expected to increase a modest 5 percent for these countries. California grape growers are expecting a record crop this year, with the production estimate reaching 720,000 metric tons, a 5-percent increase over the previous year. Exports are projected to increase by 25 percent to 300,000 tons.|
Japans grape production is relatively small and is expected to decrease slightly to 240,000 tons in 2000. Total Japanese grape imports are estimated at 12,500 tons, up almost 40 percent from 1999 levels.
Production is expected to fall more than 10 percent to 167,000 tons, due to unfavorable weather conditions. New plantings, as well as replanting with new varieties, have been increasing mainly due to attractive prices in the international market.
Production is expected to drop by 4 percent to 356,000 tons in 2000. Because of this, imports are expected to rise almost 20 percent in 2000. Imports in 1998 were 19,920 tons, slightly higher than the previous year. Italy and Chile were the largest suppliers, providing little opportunity for U.S. grapes.
Exports are expected to drop by 5 percent to 95,000 tons in 2000, due to the smaller supply. Spain is a net grape exporter, with Germany, Portugal, and France as its largest export markets.
The data for selected southern hemisphere countries has been revised in the semi-annual fresh deciduous attaché reports. Please see the grape tables in the individual fresh deciduous reports for the revised data. The fresh deciduous fruit reports containing grape data are required only for Chile, Greece, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, and Turkey. However, voluntary reports from other countries may also be available.
Beginning with this report, Production, Supply and Distribution (PS&D) tables for fresh grapes from France will be discontinued. This decision was necessitated due to declining Foreign Agriculture Service budget resources and the need to more strategically target remaining resources in support of the Agencys primary mission to facilitate the expansion of export opportunities for U.S. produced agricultural commodities.
(The FAS Attaché Report search engine contains reports on the deciduous fruit industries for more than 20 countries, including Japan, Mexico, and South Africa. For information on production and trade, contact Shari Kosco at 202-720-9792. For information on marketing, contact Yvette Wedderburn Bomersheim at 202-720-0911. Also, visit our grape web page at: http://www.fas.usda.gov/htp/horticulture/grapes.html )