The likelihood of a honeydew purchase fell five percentage points from Fresh Trends 2012, putting purchases at nearly the same level as 2010.
Several fresh produce items are among more than 130 products under recall by SunBurst Foods, Goldsboro, N.C., because of possible listeria contamination.
Melon growers in California report outstanding quality but surprisingly tepid demand for some varieties.
Watermelons and honeydew in Colorado’s Rocky Ford region, expected to start production around Aug. 5, will take a volume hit from the same hailstorm that wreaked havoc on the larger cantaloupe crop.
About 95 acres of cantaloupes from Colorado’s Rocky Ford region were destroyed in a hailstorm July 16.
Many Westside California melon grower-shippers have found the processing market to be a solid outlet for their product.More Packer Stories for Honeydew
Market Scope - Honeydew — F.o.b.s as of Oct. 14
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (153-129-50) — Movement expected to decrease sharply as most shippers are finished for the season. Supplies in too few hands to establish a market. Quality variable. Lighter shipments were expected to continue through Oct. 18. LAST REPORT.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (2-30-31) — Movement expected about the same. Trading 4s moderate, others active. Prices 4s slightly lower, others higher. 2/3 cartons 4s mostly $6, 5s mostly $7-7.35, 6s mostly $7.35-8. Quality variable.
CENTRAL AND WESTERN ARIZONA — Shipments (20-24-21) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading early active, late very active. Prices higher. 2/3 cartons 5s and 6s mostly $9-9.50. Quality generally good.