The fourth episode of our second season is now LIVE!

We’re delighted to have Grapa Varieties’ R&D Director Uzi, join Jupiter’s Head of Sales Gareth in our latest broadcast of the POD.

In this episode we talk about “what makes a good table grape?”

During the Pod, Gareth and Uzi discussed the on-going changes in the climate globally. Gareth said “When discussing new varieties it’s important to think about climate change, and the amount of rain that regions get that aren’t necessarily expected. We need to select varieties that are more tolerant of wet weather conditions.”

Uzi agreed and said that “varieties need to be tolerant of the change in climactic conditions. We’re pleased that our ARRA™ Varieties can tick these boxes, and flourish in changing circumstances.”

Gareth continues, “we have seen the benefit of the new varieties that we are growing with our partners in Greece, India and Chile. We are producing grapes in an optimum window for them to perform well. We are also proud to provide some of the latest black grape in Europe through our ARRA 32 (ARRA Mystic Dream™). “

Uzi provides a fantastic technical perspective through his extensive experience in fresh produce. He’s an Agronomist and highly experienced farmer, holding degrees in political science, history, and plant science. He has worked very closely with the ARRA programme for the past twenty years and supports all of Grapa Varieties technical matters worldwide.

Naturally through his expertise, he can contribute to the creation of new growing techniques and their implementation.

Grapa Varieties

Grapa Varieties is a global family business that specialises in breeding and licensing premium table grape varieties worldwide, under the ARRA™ and Early Sweet™ brands. Founded by a farmer for the benefit of farmers, they create timeless varieties that farmers love to grow and consumers love to eat.

At Grapa they commercialise exclusive and enduring table grape varieties for growers around the world, “creating the future of table grapes”.

Our relationship with the renowned table grape breeders stretches back many years and from the beginning of our joint success, we have worked hard together to produce safe and secure varieties in India, Chile, and Greece that extend the season.


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The Jupiter Group is an award-winning fresh produce grower with a simple vision – to be the most transparent company in fresh produce. With a year-round supply and innovative new variety development, Jupiter is hailed as one of the world’s leading fresh produce companies. Beyond their speciality in growing grape and citrus, Jupiter’s expertise also covers avocado, pineapple and kiwi in all formats and sizes across retail, wholesale, and food service businesses globally. Jupiter Group are different because they have digitised their supply chain and control a true seed to shelf process. The result? A consistent, transparent, trusted and traceable supply. On Jupiter’s own farms and those of their growing partners, the way they do business has British standards, global cultural heritage and unrivalled entrepreneurial spirit. Jupiter’s BRCGS AA rated prepared fruit facilities in the UK provide a range of pots, punnets and trays alongside co-branded products such as their Babybel® Light Cheese, Apple & Grapes snack pack. They have ranked consecutively for three years in the prestigious The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 for International Growth, most recently at number 17.
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