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Raisins are the most popular dried fruit in the United States, accounting for about two-thirds of total dried fruit consumption. They are primarily produced in California’s San Joaquin Valley and are sun dried.

In 2012, nearly 1.9 million tons (fresh basis) of raisin-type grapes were produced, a 13 percent decrease from 2011 (ERS 2012). Reduced production and other factors kept grower prices for raisin grapes strong; they averaged a record $1,940 per ton. As a result, the value of production reached more than $725 million in 2012.  (NASS 2013)

The United States is generally the largest raisin producer in the world, although Turkish production did surpass U.S. production in 2006. Historically, U.S. and Turkish production combined have accounted for 80 percent of global production figures.  (FAS 2009)  February 2013 . . . Raisins


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