On Nov. 21, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported prices of $11-12.95 for one-half cartons of cantaloupes 9s from Guatemala, up from $16.95 last year at the same time for Mexican cantaloupes.
Two-third cartons of honeydews 5s from Guatemala were $10.50-11, up from $6-8 last year for Mexican honeydews.
While its U.S. volumes will be down, Fresh Quest expects to ship more melons to Europe this season than last, Kertesz said.
Ayco expects to begin shipping cantaloupes, honeydews and personal watermelons from Honduras about Dec. 20, Torigian said.
Ayco’s Central American personal watermelon volumes are expected to be up this year, Torigian said. The company’s cantaloupe and honeydew volumes should be similar to last season.
In mid-January, Ayco plans to add large seedless watermelons, yellow honeydews and galia melons to its Honduras mix, Torigian said. The company grew all three varieties on a trial basis last year, and is upgrading to full-scale production this season.
The galia is an orange-flesh melon that is very popular in Europe and starting to gain traction in the U.S., he said.
Fresh Quest expects to begin receiving product from Honduras in mid- to late December, Kertesz said.