Major upswing in grapes to Russia

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BY GILL McSHANE

Major upswing in grapes to Russia

Argentine grapes have headed to Russia in force

Major upswing in grapes to Russia

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The Argentine table grape industry has witnessed a major shift in its export market panorama in the past year with Russia becoming the leading destination for the very first time. Argentina has exported just under one-third of its table grape export crop to Russia so far during the 2007/08 season.

"Up to March 2008, Argentina has shipped around 17,254 tonnes of table grapes to Russia, out of a total export crop of some 64,368 tonnes," reveals Martín Valle of local supplier Early Grapes SA (EGSA). "We have increased enormously our Russian business," Mr Valle adds. 

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