The likelihood of a cantaloupe purchase dropped eight percentage points from Fresh Trends 2012. The likelihood of a cantaloupe purchase increased according to age and generally increased according to income.
Federal inspectors have begun checking cantaloupe packing operations, with the first inspection at an unnamed facility in Florida.
Growers of California’s desert produce continue to expand organic programs and to comply with buyer requests for sustainably grown fruits and vegetables.
Growers in California’s Imperial Valley hope to have a good crop this spring, despite enduring a period of sustained winds that reached 50 miles per hour in early April.
Researchers, growers and regulators plan to compare findings from recent outbreaks of listeria and salmonella in cantaloupes in a food safety symposium at Colorado State University.
Cantaloupes, honeydews and specialty melons join watermelons to fill out the overall melon category, and they’re as versatile as ever in their retail offerings.
IMPERIAL AND PALO VERDE VALLEYS, CALIF., AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN ARIZONA — Shipments (CA 0-3-62) — Movement from Imperial Valley expected to increase seasonally. Trading 9s (6s) moderate, others fairly active. Prices ½ cartons 9-12s mostly $12.95, oversized 9s (6s) mostly $10.45-11.45. Quality variable. Harvest in western Arizona was expected to begin the week of May 13, followed by central Arizona the week of May 20. Palo Verde Valley shippers expect to begin in early June.
CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (205*-126*-57) — Imports via boat from Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica. Movement expected to decrease. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading slow. Prices lower. Half cartons 9s mostly $8.95-9.95, 12s $8-9.95, 15s mostly $8.95-9.95. Port of entry: Southern California. Trading slow. Prices lower. Half cartons 9-15s $7-8. Quality good. *revised.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (47-86-51) — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Half cartons 9-12s mostly $7.95-8. Quality variable.
FLORIDA — Shipments (6-17-24) — Movement expected to increase as more shippers start the season. Trading active. Prices athena 150s generally unchanged. Includes palletizing and cooling. Price 24-inch bins athena 120s, 140s and 150s mostly $200. Quality generally good.