The likelihood of a honeydew purchase fell five percentage points from Fresh Trends 2012, putting purchases at nearly the same level as 2010.
With a focus on flavor, Fresh Quest Produce Inc. is releasing a new cantaloupe, dubbed the Honeymoon.
The America Trades Produce conference is set for March 12-13 at the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa in Tubac, Ariz.
Import melon markets were looking up in January for U.S. importers.
Fresh Quest Inc., a Plantation, Fla.-based grower-shipper and marketer, expects to import several varieties of melons from Guatemala for 25 weeks, from November through April, said Alan Guttmann, the company’s president.
Southern Mexico honeydew production should begin by mid-December, according to Nogales, Ariz.-based Shipley Sales Service.More Packer Stories for Honeydew
Market Scope - Honeydew — F.o.b.s as of Feb. 24
CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (32-47*-30) — Imports via boat from Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. 2/3 cartons 5s and 6s mostly $13.95-14.95. Quality variable. *revised.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (15-24-18) — Movement expected to increase. Trading slow. Prices lower. 2/3 cartons 5-6s mostly $8-9.35, 8s mostly $7-7.95. Quality and condition variable.