While the likelihood of a watermelon purchase spiked last year, this year the likelihood of purchase fell seven percentage points, putting it closer to 2010 levels.
The National Watermelon Promotion Board and National Watermelon Association provided tons of the fruit at Marine Corp Marathon festivities in Washington, D.C.
NOGALES, Ariz. — Wind and rain generated by a couple of hurricanes during the growing season could affect some early-season shipments of winter vegetables out of west Mexico, but grower-shippers say most items should recover quickly as the season progresses.
Mack Farms Inc. is increasing its Florida potato and watermelon acreage and expanding into other items by purchasing a large south Florida operation.
IMMOKALEE, Fla. — Southern Corporate Packers Inc., is increasing acreage, growing some new items and expanding production of a commodity that isn’t widely grown in the fall.
Several fresh produce items are among more than 130 products under recall by SunBurst Foods, Goldsboro, N.C., because of possible listeria contamination.More Packer Stories for Watermelons
Market Scope - Watermelons — F.o.b.s as of Oct. 27
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (67-131-172, seedless 67-130-172, seeded 0-1-0*) — Movement expected to increase. Trading 60 count fairly active, others active. Prices 35 and 45 count higher, others generally unchanged. Red-flesh seedless-type cartons per-pound 4-5s 28-30 cents, 6s 28 cents; 24-inch bins per pound approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 26-28 cents, approximately 60 count 24-26 cents. Flat cartons red-flesh seedless miniature-type 8-9s $16. Quality variable. *less than 50,000 pounds