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Fresh Del Monte sees sales increase, fresh-cut lags


An 11% increase in net sales for the second quarter of 2014 has officials with Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. expressing optimism about efforts to diversify, even though the company’s fresh-cut business posted declines for the third straight quarter.

Hail damages Rocky Ford melons


About 95 acres of cantaloupes from Colorado’s Rocky Ford region were destroyed in a hailstorm July 16.

California melons find sweet spot in restaurants


Many Westside California melon grower-shippers have found the processing market to be a solid outlet for their product.

Nearly all Westside melon handlers now certified


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.

Westside Melons business updates


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.

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Market Scope - Melons — F.o.b.s as of July 21


SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (5-15-11) — Movement expected about the same. Trading early moderate, late active. Prices generally unchanged. Unofficial prices 2/3 cartons orange-flesh, galia, juan canary, sharlyn, hami, santa claus, crenshaw, persian, casaba 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 21 because of supplies in few hands.


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