The likelihood of a honeydew purchase fell five percentage points from Fresh Trends 2012, putting purchases at nearly the same level as 2010.
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.
About 95 acres of cantaloupes from Colorado’s Rocky Ford region were destroyed in a hailstorm July 16.More Packer Stories for Honeydew
Market Scope - Honeydews — F.o.b.s as of Nov. 17
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (128-115-75) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading 4s slow, 5s fairly slow, 6s fairly active, 8s fairly active at lower prices. Prices 6s higher, 5s generally unchanged, others lower. 2/3 cartons 4s (heavy supplies) $3.50-4, 5s mostly $5-6, 6s mostly $7-7.50, 8s $7.50-8. Quality and condition variable.
CENTRAL AND WESTERN ARIZONA — Shipments (35-38-19) — 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 Nov. 22. LAST REPORT.
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