California Table Grape Growers Estimate 25 Million Boxes Lost to Hurricane Hilary

Hurricane Hilary delivered wind and rain to many of California’s table grape
vineyards at peak harvest time for most of the 90 varieties grown in the state. The immediate
aftermath of the hurricane brought additional rain and humidity to many growing areas,
compounding problems and loss.

Leadership Transition Planned for California Table Grape Commission

Ian LeMay, President of the California Fresh Fruit Association will become President & CEO of the California Table Grape Commission in the spring of 2025. LeMay will succeed Kathleen Nave who has served in the lead staff role since January 1999 when she succeeded Bruce Obbink.

Study: Grape Consumption Benefits Gut Microbiome and Cholesterol Metabolism

A new clinical study published in the scientific journal Nutrients found that consuming grapes significantly increased the diversity of bacteria in the gut which is considered essential to good health overall.  Additionally, consuming grapes significantly decreased cholesterol levels, as well as bile acids which play an integral role in cholesterol metabolism.  The findings suggest a promising new role for grapes in gut health and reinforce the benefits of grapes on heart health.

California Table Grape Growers Award Scholarships

California’s table grape growers recently awarded scholarships to seven students in grape growing regions of the state. All recipients will be attending California universities or community colleges.

California Goodness Matters Campaign Encourages Consumers to Buy California Grapes

Asking consumers to support the California grape farming community during this difficult time by buying California grapes is the heart of a multi-faceted outreach effort underway now that continues into the fall.