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South African organic grapes in mid-January

by Tad Thompson | January 20, 2009
GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ -- The season's first arrivals of South African organic grapes were set to arrive in mid-January, according to importer Marc Solomon.

Mr. Solomon, president of Fisher Capespan, said that his firm has "a small program" for the Prime variety of white seedless organic grapes. He told The Produce News Jan. 8, meeting in the firm's office, here, that these South African grapes will be received through February.

The fruit was set to arrive at Pt. Elizabeth, NJ, aboard the container ship Ngami about Jan. 13 or 14. The second set of containers bearing South African organic grapes was due aboard the Lavina about Jan. 19. It takes several days after arrival for the fruit to receive clearances. The fruit was to be shipped to the Gloucester Marine Terminal, near the Fisher Capespan office, for distribution. Mr. Solomon said there will be "regular arrivals" thereafter.