The California Table Grape Commission (CTGC) has revised its 2019/20 crop forecast downwards.
After earlier reports that growers were expecting the third largest crop in their history, recent assessments suggest the harvest will be in the normal range of 109m (19lb) cartons, similar in size to the crops of 2014-2017.
Shipments are expected to continue into January, the commission said.
“Grapes from California are stunningly beautiful, full of flavour and phytonutrients, and are both a healthy, anytime snack and a simple, awe-inspiring ingredient,” said CTGC president Kathleen Nave.
Noting that there comes a point when retailers can offer imported grapes to their customers instead of sticking with California-grown grapes, Nave said the commission will continue working with retailers to promote the crop and will encourage them to carry California grapes into January.