The annual Sonora Grape Summit is scheduled to be held April 28-29 in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. The event will be hosted by the Asociation Agricola Local de Productores Uva de Mesa, the local association of table grape growers in Sonora, commonly known by its Spanish acronym, AALPUM.
The two-day event, which is open to buyers and anyone else in the industry who is interested in attending, will consist of a tour of grape vineyards on one day and meetings on the following day.
According to John Pandol, chairman of the grape division of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas in Nogales and vice president of special projects for Pandol Bros. in Delano, CA, on Thurdsay afternoon, April 28, "a caravan of probably about 40 vehicles leaves Hermosillo and goes to a couple of vineyards." That will be followed by a barbecue dinner.
The meeting agenda had not yet been finalized when The Produce News talked to Mr. Pandol March 28, but in the past it has typically involved panel discussions and speakers from various segments of the industry, ranging from producers to retailers.
A highlight of the event will be the presentation of the official crop estimate for the 2011 season.
Getting to the event may be a little more challenging this year than it has been in the past, since there is only a limited number of flights into Hermosillo available. But Mr. Pandol said that "if someone wants to come down" and "can get a flight into Tucson," the drive down to Nogales is just about an hour, and "I am sure any of the Nogales-based importers, most of whom will be driving down to for the Summit, would be happy to give you a ride" from Nogales to Hermosillo. The trip down is about three to three-and-a-half hours, and the trip back is about four-and-a-half hours, allowing for delays at the border.