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Sun World Expands Import Footprint In North America

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Bakersfield, California-based Sun World International has added three importers to its panel of North American licensees. These include GrapeMan Farms, Pacific Trellis Fruit and Sierra Produce. The appointments further expand the company’s panel of licensed importers to 17 companies.

GrapeMan Farms, Pacific Trellis Fruit and Sierra Produce join a list of Sun World licensed importers in North America, including Camposol Fresh USA, Capespan North America, Dayka & Hackett, Dole Fresh Fruit Co., Divine Flavor International, Fresh Flavor International, Jac. Vandenberg, Southern Fruit Import Co., Star Produce, Summit Produce, North American Produce Buyers, The Oppenheimer Group, Vanguard Direct and William H. Kopke Jr.

Each company holds a license to distribute and market Sun World’s line of proprietary grapes in the U.S. and Canada from licensed Chilean, Peruvian, Brazilian and South African suppliers. 

The licenses include the right to import fruit from varieties developed by Sun World, marketed under the company’s brands, such as AutumnCrisp, Midnight Beauty, Sable Seedless, Adora Seedless and Scarlotta Seedless. 

“We are pleased to appoint these extraordinary importers, to further bolster our presence in the global fruit trade,” said Garth Swinburn, VP of licensing. “We’re confident that providing further access to our proprietary fruit varieties will allow our licensed growers to maximize their revenues while increasing consumer exposure to our table grapes and related varietal brands.”

Grapeman Farms is a grape grower and marketer based in Bakersfield, California. With offices in Arizona, California and New Jersey, the company sources fruit from Chile, Peru, Mexico and California. 

Pacific Trellis Fruit is a year-round importer, grower and marketer of premium fresh fruit, including grapes, peaches, plums, nectarines, cherries, and citrus. The company partners with growers from Peru, Chile, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, and California to provide a 52-week availability of quality grapes to our customers.  

Sierra Produce is an importer, marketer and shipper of fresh fruit products sourced nationally and globally. The company has more than 35 years of fruit import experience with diverse grower/exporter relationships. 

Sun World International is a global variety development and licensing business. The California-based company has a network of licensed growers and marketers and maintains offices in the U.S., Europe, Australia, South America, Israel, North Africa and South Africa.

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