GrapeCo Australia and RJN Cua Vineyards become latest companies to join Sun World’s global supply programme

Sun World International has added GrapeCo Australia and RJN Cua Vineyards as licensed grower/marketers in Australia.

Sun World new  Australia licensees

The Bakersfield-based company said the move reflects growing market demand for its proprietary grape varieties and its globally recognised varietal brands. Australia’s strong domestic market and its proximity to Asia makes it a strategically important production region within Sun World’s global supply programme.

“This exciting expansion in Australia enables us to increase the supply of our leading grape varieties,” said Garth Swinburn, Sun World’s vice president licensing.

“Quality companies such as GrapeCo and RJN further complement our existing licensees both in Australia and further abroad servicing the Asian region.”

Sun World’s existing table grape marketers in Australia include Costa, Fruit Master, Fruitico and Fresh Produce Group of Australia.

The new marketers have been granted rights to distribute fruit from existing and new varieties developed by Sun World, marketed under brands such as Autumncrisp, Midnight Beauty, Sable Seedless, Adora Seedless, Scarlotta Seedless and Sonera Seedless.

GrapeCo Australia is a family-owned and operated farming and marketing business consisting of 750ha of grapes and citrus. Its Hellooo brand has become widely recognised through strong vertical integration, providing a strategic difference within the supply chain.

“We are excited about the opportunities the Sun World agreement presents, and we look forward to a collaborative working relationship with the team,” said Adrian Caia, GrapeCo’s managing director. ]

“This new alliance with Sun World provides us access to a wonderful variety portfolio that complements our current offerings and extends our window of supply. Sun World’s varieties have all the characteristics that a consumer wants and are now demanding.”

RJN Cua Vineyards, established in 1973 in Sunraysia, is situated in north west Victoria and has a production base of around 600ha. The compay prides itself on growing, shipping and marketing directly to customers both overseas and domestically.

Led by Reg and Nicolina Cua and their two sons Frank and Joey, the RJN team strives to establish and maintain the highest level of customer satisfaction by delivering premium quality table grapes for all markets.

Commenting on the announcement, Reg Cua said: “this partnership with Sun World provides the foundation to grow our business, producing and supplying high-quality tables grapes to the world. We are very excited about our future with Sun World.”