The likelihood of a honeydew purchase fell five percentage points from Fresh Trends 2012, putting purchases at nearly the same level as 2010.
Southern Mexico honeydew production should begin by mid-December, according to Nogales, Ariz.-based Shipley Sales Service.
Mid-Atlantic wholesaler Class Produce Group LLC is opening a fresh-cut processing plant.
Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. reported increased net sales for the second quarter of 2013 compared to last year, posting more than $1 billion compared with $557 million in 2012’s second quarter — in part because of higher banana, fresh-cut and tomato sales.
Net sales of bananas for the Coral Gables, Fla.-based, multinational company were up 8% compared to 2012’s second quarter, according to its quarterly financial report. Del Monte’s net secont-quarter banana sales were $249.9 million in 2012 compared with $457 million this year.
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.
Pineapple and melon shipper Pura Vida Farms has hired a new vice president.More Packer Stories for Honeydew
Market Scope - Honeydew — F.o.b.s as of Nov. 25
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (114-73-61) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading slow. Prices 8s lower, others generally unchanged. 2/3 cartons 5s mostly $5-5.50, 6s mostly $4-4.50, 8s mostly $3-3.50. Quality and condition variable.
CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (2-9-26) — Imports via boat from Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading moderate. 2/3 cartons 4s $6.50-7.25, 5s $7-8.95, 6s $8-9, 8s $8.95-9.95. Quality good. FIRST REPORT.
PALO VERDE VALLEY, CALIF., AND WESTERN AND CENTRAL ARIZONA — Shipments (AZ 35-28-9, CA 3-0-0) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally as most shippers are finished for the season. Supplies insufficient to establish a market. Quality variable. Lighter shipments were expected to continue through Nov. 30. LAST REPORT.