California table grape growers shipped more than 27.7 million boxes into the worldwide marketplace from Oct. 13 to Nov. 30, the highest amount ever for the time period, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The previous seven-week shipment record during the same time period was set in 2013.
Earlier this season, the five-week shipping record for the time period between Sept. 8 through Oct. 12 was broken.
The three-month period of Sept. 1 to Nov. 30 set another record with over 55 million boxes of grapes shipped; an all-time high, according to USDA, beating the previous record set in 2013 for this time period.
According to Kathleen Nave, president of the California Table Grape Commission, an aggressive fall and winter promotion program continues, with shipments expected to continue through the end of January.
The California Table Grape Commission was created by the California legislature in 1967 to increase worldwide demand for fresh California grapes through a variety of research and promotional programs. The fresh California grape season starts in May and runs through January.