(March 5) The California Table Grape Commission will apparently continue for at least another five years.

California’s fresh grape growers affirmed the continuation of the commission and the commission’s promotional programs for another five years, according to a news release.

Among the results from a two-month voting period:

  • Nearly 60% of growers eligible to vote took part in the balloting; and

  • More than 81% of California’s fresh grape volume was represented in the voting.

“Through the years, the commission has helped our industry identify and manage critical issues, (has) kept California grapes (in the forefront of the minds of) consumers, (has) expanded our presence at the retail level and (has) coordinated the essential research we need to meet challenges from the vineyard to the table,” said Gary Gipson, a grower from Dinuba and chairman of the commission, in the release.

The commission was formed in 1967 by the California Legislature to increase demand for fresh grapes through research, promotions and issues management programs.