SNFL takes control of Vitis grape series

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SNFL takes control of Vitis grape series
Britain'sfavouritefreshproducemagazinesince1895
ByMikeKnowles
Friday13thNovember2015,14:24GMT
SNFLtakes
controlofVitis
grapeseries
Breedingcompanysecuresacquisitionof
tablegrapevarietiesfollowingliquidation
offormerjointventureVitisLimited
S
pecial
New
Licensing
another grape breeding business called
flavouredvarietiesthatincludeanotherset
(SNFL), a subsidiary of Muñoz
Grapa Varieties, and was responsible for
calledtheSheehanGeneticscollection.
Group
developing the Arra series of varieties on
that
Fruit
VitistablegrapeshavebeengrowninSouthAfrica,
SpainandEgypt
specialises
in
developing and licensing new varieties of
behalf
of
Agriculture
Research
&
tablegrape,hascompleteditslong-awaited
Development,asubsidiaryoftheUS-based
purchaseofthegrapevarietalseriesknown
GiumarraVineyardsCorporation.
As Duncan Macintyre, chairman of SNFL
Group, explained, all of the seedlings
coming out of this new breeding
programme have undergone evaluation
asVitis.
The original Vitis programme, meanwhile,
since2010inSouthAfricaandcontinueto
The varieties, as well as an associated
has, according to SNFL, a number of
show “exceptional promise”, with 15
internationalbreedingprogramme,wereall
outstandingtablegrapevarietiesincluding
selectionsshowing“verygreatpotential”to
upforsalefollowingtherecentliquidation
K2, which has already been planted
becomecommercialvarieties.
of Vitis Limited, a joint venture in which
commerciallyinSpain.
“The Vitis varieties have been in the
SNFLandSouthAfricanexporterColors–
Other selections, such as the late-season
background for a long period of time and
white seedless variety G5, together with
we are now delighted to be able to add
earlyredsandearlywhiteswhichareabout
them to the already proven and exciting
Vitis was originally set up back in 2006 in
to be launched commercially, are also in
portfolio of Sheehan Genetics varieties
order to purchase a breeding programme
thecompany’sportfolio.
available
now no longer operational – had a 50 per
centshare.
belonging to Shachar Karniel, a renowned
grape grower and breeder based in Israel
who at the time was working for a
companycalledGrapeco.
AsSNFLexplained,Vitishasbeenbreeding
SNFL,
verywell,”hecommented.
itsownvarietiesinSouthAfrica,Egyptand
Spain since 2008, using the original Vitis
materialitboughtfromGrapecoaswellas
Karnielsubsequentlywentontosetup
from
as
the
two
programmes will complement each other
otherunique,highly
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