Nuevas variedades y su impacto en el mercado global

Octubre 2017 | Uva de mesa

Desde que los productores californianos decidiesen hacer un recambio varietal en sus campos, la penetración de las nuevas variedades está siendo imparable y está impactando en el comercio global. Además de los buenos precios que obtienen algunas de ellas y de la apuesta por extender las campañas, se pronostica una ardua competencia entre países productores.

Scarlet Royal, Sweet Celebration, Pristine, Iniagrape-one, Magenta... Ya no son nombres desconocidos para todo aquel que trabaja en la industria de la uva de mesa. Algunos hubo que memorizarlos, pero otros se están aprendiendo más fácilmente. Ya no hay vuelta atrás y otros, como Red Globe, Flame o Superior, poco a poco irán desapareciendo.

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The Grape Revolution

Asianfruit Magazine - July/August 2017

BAKERSFIELD - ASIANFRUIT talks to Adny Higgins, CEO of International Fruit Genetics (IFG) - one of the industry's leading table grape breeders - about what the future holds for the sector.

By Jeff Long

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Cotton Candy Grapes: The Science Behind the Sweet, Carnival Taste

July 17, 2017

A new breed of green grape isn't fluffy or flossy, but it tastes just like cotton candy, according to news sources.

The carnival-evoking taste isn't the product of genetic engineering or artificial flavors, but rather the result of regular plant breeding, NPR reported.

"When you go to the supermarket, there's, like, 15 kinds of apples - Fuji, Pink Lady, Gala, Braeburn. The list goes on, "David Cain, a horticulturalist in charge of fruit breeding at International Fruit Genetics in Bakersfield, California, told NPR. "We want to give consumers the same array of flavors for grapes."

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The new grape varieties gaining ground in Chile, Peru

June 29, 2017

Chile and Peru play a crucial role in the global table grape trade as a source of counter-seasonal supply to northern markets, which themselves have long been shifting to newer varieties to entice pickier consumers.

But the uptake of these newer cultivars has been slower in South America when compared to growing areas like California, where they now represent half of production according to Decofrut director Manuel José Alcaíno.

The industry analyst took part in a recent event hosted by the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) in the Chilean capital Santiago, where varietal introduction was the overriding theme in crops such as grapes, blueberries and apples.

"The Peruvians are getting out of the supply of Red Globe, grafting and re-planting seedless varieties which have gone well," Alcaíno told participants.

"In the five main ones we have practically 80% of the production [of new varieties]," he said of the Peruvian industry, where the percentage of new varieties out of total exports has risen from just 0.5% in 2012-13 to 6.9% in 2016-17.

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New varieties bring new attributes to table grapes

June 10, 2015

By Kate Campbell

They look like grapes, but they taste like candy, strawberries, pineapple and many other interesting flavors-and today's table grapes also come in new colors and unexpected shapes.

David Cain, head of plant breeding activities for Bakersfield-based IFG, said there's a big shift going on right now in grape production, in California and around the world. Older, labor- and water-intensive grape varieties are being phased out, as farmers plant eye-catching, taste-tickling varieties with higher yields.

"Growers come to our company asking about new varieties," Cain said, adding that a number are looking to replace older varieties, such as Thompson seedless and autumn royal. "They want to try something new."

He said the company doesn't create genetically engineered crops; instead, new varieties are created using advanced breeding techniques in traditional approaches. IFG was founded in 2001 by table grape grower Jack Pandol Jr. and the owners of Sunridge Nurseries, Glen and Terrie Stoller.

It used to be that new plant varieties were developed during years of study and experimentation, involving research activities at both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and universities. But these days, a lot of that painstaking work is being done by private plant breeders such as Cain and IFG.


Ryan Seacrest Tries Cotton Candy Grapes

August 09, 2013

You've heard of hybrid cars and cross-breed dogs ... but what about fruit?

The latest craze to come ut of California is cotton candy-flavored grapes, which sounds both yummy and confusing.

On Friday's On Air with Ryan Seacrest, the team tried the new "invention" from "fruit breeders" and our reaction will probably surprise you.

"I don't know that they necessarily go together," says Ryan. Still, once he popped a grape, "They taste just like cotton candy. It's not right. It's ridiculous ... you should pass those around to everyone. It's like getting cotton candy, but also health! It's so good. Remember when I was talking badly about fruit breeders? ... They're amazing!"

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Cotton Candy® A Sweet Spin On Designer Fruit

August 06, 2013 - by Michaeleen Doucleff

Can't we just leave our fruit alone?

Last year, apple farmers were their fruit in grape flavor to make them more attractive to kids. Now, plant breeders in California have created a grape that tastes like - well, spun sugar and air.

That's right, Salties. Say hello to the Cotton Candy grape.

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Cotton Candy® In The News

May 13, 2013

Table grapes come in many varieties, red, green, seedless, and now cotton candy. It isn't something most people would associate with the flavor of a grape but IFG created a variety it says tastes just like spun sugar.

IFG General Manager David Cain said, "It tastes quite a bit like cotton candy."

It's been eight years in the making. Cain says by breeding wild grape species, they've developed the unique flavor.

"This is all natural and we don't do any genetic engineering or anything," said Cain.

It's not a simple process. They start by pollinating the vines by hand. Cain says there are anywhere from 300 to 1,000 flowers on each of the 2,000 clusters.

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