They already know it’s bad, but local grape growers won’t truly know how much damage their crop took from Tropical Storm Hilary until they get the answer to a deeper question: How much will North American consumers pay for California table grapes?
Labor costs skyrocket when harvest workers have to spend extra time trimming off rain-ruined berries and then reshaping every bunch. It remains unclear whether growers and retailers will be able to pass those costs along this year — or whether salvageable grapes will be left on the vine to wither.
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