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Del Monte Fresh Produce NA Inc. is expanding tomato production by buying more Florida farmland, giving the company year-round field tomato production.
Members of the National Watermelon Promotion Board met with Australian watermelon growers interested in creating their own promotion board.
The Giumarra Cos., Los Angeles, is tasting success at filling a gap in its late winter and spring lineup — watermelons.
The America Trades Produce conference is set for March 12-13 at the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa in Tubac, Ariz.More Packer Stories for Watermelons
Market Scope - Watermelons – F.o.b.s as of March 3
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (56-74-70) — Movement expected to increase. Trading early fairly slow, late slow. Prices much lower. Red-flesh seedless-type cartons per pound 4s mostly 38-40 cents, 5s mostly 38 cents. Quality variable.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (45-64-71, seedless 44-63-69, seeded 1-1-2) — Movement expected to increase as harvest begins in Guaymas, Mexico. Trading slow. Prices much lower. Red-flesh seedless-type cartons per pound 4-5s mostly 28-30 cents, 6s 24-26 cents. Quality variable.
CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (81-59*-23, seedless 1-3*-4; seeded 0-0-0) — Imports via boat from Guatemala and Honduras. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading moderate. Prices 4s and 5s lower; others higher Cartons flat red-flesh seedless miniature 6-8s $14.95, 9s mostly $13.95. Red-flesh seedless cartons 4-5s mostly $32-33. *revised.
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