UK-headquartered grower-exporter Jupiter Group has been awarded the exclusive production and marketing rights for the ARRA table grape varieties in India, in what is described by owner Grapa Varieties as an “unprecedented move.”
Jupiter Group says it has already trialled the ARRA varieties in the region with “great success” and is excited to see the larger-scale plans come to life, with a volume harvest expected as early as 2020 for export to global markets.
Mark Tweddle, chief executive of Jupiter, said that being granted these rights is an “excellent and exciting step forward for the group.”
“It’s great to see the strong relationship we have with Grapa develop further this year as we expand our Indian supply as growers,” he said. “To have physical control right from variety generation through to the consumer retailer offers a transparency that reflects our core values as a business.”
“I truly believe the development of the ARRA varieties will positively change the demand for Indian grape and bring the market into its own as a key supply in the annual table grape supply calendar.”
Jupiter Group and Grapa Varieties have been collaborating globally for several years.
Grapa chief executive Rafi Karniel says: “We are very proud of our ever-strengthening relationship. The Jupiter Group, in just a few years, will become the largest producer and marketer of ARRA grapes worldwide.
“It is a great honour for Grapa Varieties to be the first table grape breeding program to enter India, there is huge potential in this vast country and we trust that the strong co-operation between the Jupiter Group and Grapa Varieties will make the program a great success.”
You will be able to find more information on topics such as this at the inaugural Global Grape Summit, which will take place alongside the London Produce Show and Conference on June 5th, 2019. For more information please visit www.globalgrapesummit.com.