- Demand for raisin grapes is so hot that the industry's packers are working feverishly to make sure they have enough raisins to sell.
From the Fresno Bee:
Raisin farmers have struggled over the years with too much fruit and low returns -- but now they may have one of their best years ever as prices reach a near record.
"I can't remember when it has been this good," said Monte Schutz, a raisin grower from Caruthers.
The reasons for the rebound: steady consumer demand, smaller crops and growing interest in raisin grapes among the state's wineries.
Demand for raisin grapes is so hot that the industry's packers are working feverishly to make sure they have enough raisins to sell.
All this comes as welcome news to central San Joaquin Valley growers, who produce nearly the entire U.S. crop and employ thousands of workers for the late-summer harvest.
For more, see: Valley raisin farmers enjoy near-record prices