Dec 29, 2021
Sun World expands footprint in North America

Sun World International LLC (Sun World) announced Dec. 29 it has added a stone fruit marketer and two importers to its panel of North American licensees. These include stone fruit marketer, Trinity Fruit, and licensed importers, Capespan North America and Jac. Vandenberg.

The appointments bring the company’s panel of licensed importers to 13 companies; Trinity joins four other California grower-marketers in producing and distributing Sun World stone fruit varieties, further expanding the supply and distribution of Sun World’s proprietary grape and stone fruit varieties.

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

Each of these companies holds a license to distribute and market Sun World’s full line of proprietary grapes in the United States and Canada from licensed Chilean, Peruvian, Brazilian and South African suppliers. Trinity is the newest addition to the California variety development company’s stone fruit supply base, joining longstanding Sun World licensees PRIMA Wawona, Moonlight Companies, Sunwest Fruit Co. and Rivermaid Trading in producing and distributing the firm’s peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines under such brands as BLACK DIAMOND and HONEYCOT.

The licenses include the right to utilize the California company’s grape varietal brand trademarks such as AUTUMNCRISP, MIDNIGHT BEAUTY, SABLE SEEDLESS, ADORA SEEDLESS, and SCARLOTTA SEEDLESS.

“We are pleased to appoint these extraordinary grape importers and stone fruit marketer, to further bolster our presence in the global fruit trade,” Garth Swinburn, vice president of licensing for Sun World, said in a news release. “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 grapes, stone fruit and related varietal brands,” he added.

Trinity Fruit Co. has been a proud grower, packer, shipper of fresh fruits since 1999 supplying customers a range of products including mandarins, oranges, peaches, pomegranates, nectarines and plums. Capespan North America is a leading importer and distributor of a full range of fresh produce including table grapes, citrus, stone fruit and specialty products from South Africa, Peru, Chile, Colombia and Brazil allowing it to supply premium quality, counter-seasonal products to its retail customers in the United States and Canada.

Jac. Vandenberg Inc. is a full line direct importer of mostly Southern Hemisphere fresh fruit including grapes, citrus, stone fruit, apples, pears and pomegranates. The company imports annually between 8 and 10 million packages from numerous countries, including Chile, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Spain, Morocco, South Africa, Israel and Australia, fulfilling the needs of the company’s retail client base throughout North America.

Sun World International LLC is a global variety development and licensing business. Sun World’s mission is to drive the growth of fruit breeding, varietal development, licensing and agricultural technologies. The California-based company has a network of licensed growers and marketers and maintains offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America, Israel, North Africa, and South Africa. More information about Sun World is available at

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