Mid-Atlantic wholesaler Class Produce Group LLC is opening a fresh-cut processing plant.
Operating income for Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. was almost 74% less in the third quarter this year compared to 2012, but company officials said they are pleased with top line growth and plan to continue to diversify, pointing to recently acquired tomato property in Florida that should be producing by early 2014.
NEW ORLEANS — Following in the footsteps of its Melorange-brand charentais melon, Monsanto’s Seminis vegetable breeders are working to develop a line of specialty melons that have extended shelf life as well as good flavor.
Growers Eric and Ryan Jensen have pleaded guilty in the 2011 cantaloupe-related listeria outbreak that killed 33 people. But they want a jury to decide if Primus Labs and its subcontracted food safety auditor are guilty of negligence and breach of contract for giving their Colorado operation an almost perfect score just before the 2011 shipping season.
Brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen each pleaded guilty Oct. 22 to six federal criminal misdemeanors in relation to the 2011 listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to Jensen Farm cantaloupes that killed at least 33 people.More Packer Stories for Melons
Market Scope - Cantaloupes — F.o.b.s as of Nov. 18
CENTRAL AND WESTERN ARIZONA — Shipments (188-223-128) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading early fairly slow, late moderate. Prices lower. Half cartons 9s mostly $8-9.95, 12s mostly $7.45-8.95, 15s mostly $5.45-6.45, 18s $4-5.95. Quality variable.
CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (0-11-72) — Imports via boat from Guatemala. Movement expected to increase. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading moderate. Prices lower. Half cartons 9s $10.95-11.95. Oversized ½ cartons 6s (5s) mostly $8.50-9.95, 9s (6s) mostly $10.95-11.95. Quality good.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (70-90-59) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading early slow, late moderate. Prices lower. Half cartons 9s $6-8, 12s mostly $6-7, 15s mostly $4-6. Quality variable.