The likelihood of a honeydew purchase fell five percentage points from Fresh Trends 2012, putting purchases at nearly the same level as 2010.
Ayco Farms Inc. has named a vice president of its West Coast division.
Importers report strong demand for melons at the start of the Guatemalan deals.
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.More Packer Stories for Honeydew
Market Scope - Honeydew — F.o.b.s as of Dec. 8
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (67-33-31) — Movement expected to decrease. Supplies light. Trading 8s active, 9s fairly slow. Prices higher. 2/3 cartons 8s mostly $8.35, 9s mostly $6.35. Quality and condition variable.
CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (24-27*-7) — Imports via boat from Guatemala. Movement expected to increase. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading fairly active. Prices lower. 2/3 cartons 5s mostly $11.95-12.95, 6s mostly $12.95-13.95. Quality variable. *revised.