Many Westside California melon grower-shippers have found the processing market to be a solid outlet for their product.
As California’s Westside cantaloupe industry kicks off its second season under a stringent safety inspection program, nearly all of the state’s cantaloupe handlers have received the required certification, said John Gilstrap, manager of the Dinuba-based California Cantaloupe Advisory Board.
Anthony Wright, who is new to the produce industry, has been hired as a salesman at Del Mar Farms, Patterson, Calif., said sales manager Brian Wright. He will sell the company’s melon line and other commodities.
Retailers and restaurateurs who want to offer customers a unique melon experience look to a number of California Westside melon grower-shippers to fill that niche with a wide selection of specialty melons.
Despite the declaration of a drought emergency by California Gov. Jerry Brown, most California Westside melon growers say they’ll be able to get by this year, and some even have boosted their acreage.More Packer Stories for Melons
Market Scope - Melons — F.o.b.s as of July 14
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (1-5-15) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading moderate. Unofficial prices 2/3 cartons orange-flesh, galia, juan canary, sharlyn, hami, santa claus, crenshaw, 5s and 6s $10.75-10.95, 8s $8.75-8.95. Quality generally good. Prices from trade sources. No f.o.b. report issued as of July 14 because of supplies in few hands.