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Welch’s: This year’s Concord grape harvest was the smallest since 1977

Welch’s, the Concord-based processing and marketing subsidiary of the National Grape Cooperative, said the 2012 Concord grape harvest was devastated by fluctuating temperatures, the Midwest droughts, and Hurricane Sandy.

According to Welch’s, the harvest of the grapes it uses for juices and other products was reduced by 30 percent. Welch’s added that 2012 was the smallest harvest for Concord grapes since 1977. Welch’s said it relies on more than 1,000 family farmers in North America to grow Concord grapes and doesn’t source those grapes from anywhere else.

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But in the precision of the cliche, Welch’s suggested that it will weather this storm.

Along with farmers, “America’s beloved grape juice, Welch’s, also has been threatened but is standing strong – in the vineyard and on the store shelf,” Welch’s said in a press release.

The release included a statement from Welch’s chief executive Brad Irwin, who said: “As a small family-farmer owned cooperative, we are constantly adapting to what Mother Nature sends our way. Thanks to generations of grape growing knowledge, coupled with investment in new farming practices and technology, we can consistently deliver delicious, quality products that consumers expect from us.”

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.
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