Watermelon industry discusses safety, crowns queen - The Packer

Watermelon industry discusses safety, crowns queen

02/27/2012 04:05:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

During the banquet, the association named Richard De Los Santos, Texas Department of Agriculture coordinator for horticulture, produce and forestry, the watermelon marketer of the year.

A Feb. 24 auction of truckloads of watermelon generated a record $542,217 to finance association activities.

Wroten succeeds Jim Schmidt, managing member of SunTerra Produce Traders Inc., La Quinta, Calif. Schmidt now serves as association chairman.

Association second-vice president John Corsaro, executive vice president of The Giumarra Cos., Los Angeles, advanced to first-vice president and Don Hiller, salesman with Class Produce Group LLC, Jessup, Md., is second vice president.

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