June 14, 2022 — As Sonora passes the halfway point of the 2022 grape season, the grower members of AALPUM wish to communicate the following to our supply chain partners.
In the broadest terms, it can be said that the traditional, conventional varieties had more of a medium size, such as Flame Seedless in May 2022, while “patented” varieties remained large to extra-large.
This loss of volume in the first half of the season cannot be recovered, thus affecting the numbers of June.
The Sonoran grape volumes in May were also affected by the general supply-chain issues by a large presence of Chilean grapes in the USA & Canada, as well as an active market in Mexico, sending more product to Mexico.
The challenges of a tight labor market also contributed to tough decisions on production and markets. After the Memorial Day weekend, Chilean grape supplies began to subside, USA & Canada retail demand increased, while the Mexico market stabilized.
At this time, AALPUM has reconsidered its March ‘22 estimate of 25 million boxes and believes it is reasonable to expect a very similar total volume to 2021 which was 21.3 million boxes.
The grape growers of Sonora are committed, as always, to provide the best quality fruit to our markets, and we work continuously to achieve this. Shipping will continue from Nogales and other forward distribution points until mid-July.
Finally, the Sonoran grape growers wish to thank each, and every person involved in getting the grape crop from the vineyards of Sonora to the consumers of the world.