Grapes born and raised in North Carolina are going for around $55 a box in China.


Muscadine grapes, a southern delicacy, can typically be bought at a grocery store for about $3.49 for a 20-ounce bag, but in Hong Kong they are being sold for $1.37 per grape, according to reporting done by 9News.


The North Carolina Department of Agriculture shared an Instagram post Tuesday with a special assortment of 40 Muscadine grapes in a box.


“Last week, our International Marketing Director Cathy Ma was promoting muscadine grapes at Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong. These grapes are currently selling for $55 in China! That's almost $1.37 per grape. Thank you to all of our hard working muscadine farmers in NC for providing these grapes to people around the world,” the post reads.

“上周,我們的國際營銷經理Cathy Ma在香港的果蔬展上推廣馬斯卡丁葡萄?,F在這些葡萄在中國以55美元價格出售!每顆葡萄幾乎1.37美元。感謝北卡羅來納州所有辛勤種植馬斯卡丁的農民,給世界人民提供這些葡萄”

The price of the grapes changing abroad isn’t too big of a surprise. Especially since North Carolina agriculture is a $100 billion industry, assistant agriculture commissioner Sandy Stewart shared with 9News.

海外的葡萄價格變化不是太令人驚訝。特別的是,北卡羅來納州的農業是一個1000億美元的產業,農業助理專員 Sandy Stewart告訴9News。

The state’s Department of Agriculture actively looks for products that are made locally and can be bought from buyers around the world.


Food shows like Fruit Logistica, one of the largest and most prestigious events for fresh produce business in Europe, helps farmers and local companies with product exposure.


“From the department of agriculture standpoint, we don't have the products to sell, but what we try to do is facilitate those business-to-business interactions on the front end by making the connection, and once they strike a deal, we have specialists that can help with the export requirements,” Stewart shared with 9News.


Officials with North Carolina agriculture department attend food shows like Fruit Logistica every year. They tend to promote the best of what North Carolina farmers have to offer.


“You have sweet potatoes and peanuts, cotton, Texas Pete is all over the globe, literally. We've had a gelato maker from Carteret County export their gelato to some of the Nordic countries. It really is a global market and we're trying to help North Carolina farmers and businesses participate in that global market.”

“你們有紅薯、花生、棉花和德克薩斯皮特遍布全球,真的,我們有個加特利縣的冰淇淋制造商向一些北歐國家出口他們的冰淇淋。真有一個全球市場,我們正盡力幫助北卡羅來納州的農民和企業參與全球市場?!?br />