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California table grapes shipped at record pace

California table grapes have been shipped at a record pace in recent weeks. According to USDA data through Sept. 13, five of the past six weeks have seen week-ending shipment totals of over 4 million boxes. Last year, only one week in the entire season surpassed 4 million.  

"Grapes from California are in strong demand worldwide," Kathleen Nave, president of the Fresno-based California Table Grape Commission, said in a press release. "With nearly 45 million boxes shipped, the industry is on pace for another record crop year."

August 2013 saw 18.4 million boxes shipped, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data, a record-high for the month of August. This is 6 percent more than August 2012. The previous record of 18.1 million boxes was set in August 2007.

The total volume surpassed the 100 million 19-pound box equivalent mark for the first time in history last year and set a new record. The 2013 season estimate is 105.7 million 19-pound box equivalents.

Grapes from California will be available around the world through January 2014.