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.
Sluggish Mexican watermelon markets should pick up in December.
After establishing a customer base for its table grapes, mini and seedless watermelons, greenhouse peppers, euro cucumbers and other items, Divine Flavor LLC has decided it’s time for a home of its own.
Higher supplies and good growing conditions in Sonora sent watermelon prices tumbling as the west Mexico winter deal approached.
Although heavy autumn rains slowed the start of winter vegetable and fruit production for some west Mexico growers, most importers expected any gaps to be negligible and a distant memory by December.
Mid-Atlantic wholesaler Class Produce Group LLC is opening a fresh-cut processing plant.More Packer Stories for Watermelons
Market Scope - Watermelon — F.o.b.s as of Nov. 25
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (seedless 257-164-111) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading moderate. Prices higher. Red-flesh seedless-type cartons per pound 4-5s mostly 12 cents, 6s mostly 8-9 cents. Quality and condition variable.
FLORIDA — Shipments (43-53-53, red-flesh seeded 9-11-15, red-flesh seedless 35-42-38) — Movements expect to remain about the same. Expect light harvest to continue for the duration of the season. Supply in too few hands to establish a market.