The likelihood of a honeydew purchase fell five percentage points from Fresh Trends 2012, putting purchases at nearly the same level as 2010.
Weather-related production problems have pushed melon prices to abnormally high levels and sent Mexican and Central American watermelon prices to up to 50 cents a pound.
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.More Packer Stories for Honeydew
Market Scope - Honeydew — F.o.b.s as of Jan. 20
CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (56-61*-26) — Imports via boat from Guatemala. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading very active for limited supply. Prices higher. 2/3 cartons 5-8s mostly $19.95-20.95. Quality good. *revised.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (9-21-19) — Movement expected to increase. Supplies insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. The f.o.b. report is interrupted because of a harvest gap. The report was expected to resume the week of Jan. 19. Quality and condition variable.
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