Near-record juice grape harvest in Washington

Near-record juice grape harvest in Washington

Growers of Concord juice grapes have harvested a near-record crop in Washington.

Figures compiled for the growers estimate the crop at 264,000 tons, the third-highest on record and well above the 10-year average of 190,000 tons.

Washington state is the nation’s largest producer of juice grapes, contributing about half the annual tonnage.

Most of the juice grapes in the state are grown around Sunnyside, Grandview and Prosser. The juice is processed at Yakima Valley plants into concentrates used for jams, juice, syrups and fruit snacks.