Sun World Promotes Melillo to Vice President of Grower Support Services

January 17, 2022 Sun World

Sun World International LLC has appointed Michele Melillo to the new position of Vice President of Grower Support Services. Melillo recently managed the company’s agronomic support activities. In his new leadership position, he will oversee all technical assistance and applied research programs and staff, assist with variety evaluation and management of the company’s global test site. Sun World’s Grower Support Services team supports its network of 1800+ growers in 15 countries growing Sun World’s table grape and stone fruit varieties.

Sun World Expands Footprint in Southern Hemisphere

December 21, 2021 Sun World International

Sun World International, LLC (Sun World), announced it has added several marketers to its licensee lineup in the Southern Hemisphere. These include two newly licensed marketers in Peru, PuraFruit and Pampa Baja, as well as Bravis in Brazil and EXSA in South Africa.

Promotable California Table Grape Volume Continues Through December

With promotable volume of California grapes available through December, retail promotion and consumer advertising continue through year-end in the U.S., and in Canada, Mexico, and other key export markets, according to Kathleen Nave, president of the California Table Grape Commission. 

Hazel Technologies Teams Up with Mirabella Farms, Inc. to Advance Grape Quality

November 11, 2021 Hazel Technologies

Hazel Technologies, Inc., developer of new USDA-funded technologies to protect produce quality, announces a partnership with Fresno, CA-based Mirabella Farms, Inc.®, a family-owned table grape grower/packer/shipper with over 60 years of industry experience. Mirabella will be using Hazel’s flagship technology, Hazel 100™, with its table grape exports to international destinations in Latin America moving forward.

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.