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WATERMELON — F.O.B.S AS OF AUG. 18

SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS — Shipments (452-536-505, red-flesh seeded 52-49-36, red-flesh seedless 400-487-469) — Movement expected to remain the same. Trading slow. Prices slightly lower. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seeded 35s 11 cents; red-flesh seedless 36s 10-11 cents, 45s 11 cents, 60s 11 cents. Quality generally good.

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (273-318-312, seedless 262-306-299, seeded 11-12-13) — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 count 16-18 cents, approximately 45 count 17-19 cents, approximately 60 count 16-18 cents. Quality generally good.

DELAWARE, MARYLAND, EASTERN SHORE, VA. — Shipments (349-354*-299, red-flesh seeded 2-1-1, red-flesh seedless 347-353*-298) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading red-flesh seedless 60s very slow, other seedless slow. Prices red-flesh seedless 60s slightly lower, others generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless 36s and 45s mostly 11 cents, 60s mostly 10-11 cents. Quality generally good. *revised.

TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA — Shipments (TX 274-295-288, seedless 249-257-251, seeded 25-38-37; OK 16-10-6, seedless 12-10-6, seeded 4-0-0) — Movement expected about the same from Texas and decrease in Oklahoma. Trading moderate. Prices seeded higher, seedless 35 and 45 counts lower, 60s generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 45 count mostly 13-14 cents, approximately 35 count mostly 12-14 cents, approximately 60 count mostly 12-13 cents; red-flesh seeded-type approximately 28 and 35 counts mostly 10 cents. Quality variable. Some present shipments from prior bookings and/or previous commitments.

NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (199-189*-187, red-flesh seeded 25-17-9, red-flesh seedless 174-172*-178) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading red-flesh seedless 60s very slow, other seedless slow. Prices red-flesh seedless 60s slightly lower, other seedless generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seeded 35s supplies insufficient to quote; red-flesh seedless 36s and 45s mostly 11 cents, 60s mostly 10-11 cents. Quality generally good. *revised.

MISSOURI — Shipments (195-137-93, red-flesh seeded 24-17-13, red-flesh seedless 171-120-79) — Movement expected to decrease as growers finish for the season. Supply insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. LAST REPORT.

MICHIGAN — Shipments (3-22-52, red-flesh seeded 0-2-6, red-flesh seedless 3-20-46) — Movement expected to remain the same. Trading fairly slow. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless 36s 11-12 cents, 45s mostly 12 cents, 60s mostly 12 cents. Quality generally good.



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SPECIAL REPORT: Processing Packaging Technology

A decade for Sormac

May 1 marked the 10th anniversary of Venlo, Netherlands-based Sormac BV, which specializes in packaging equipment for the fresh produce industry with a focus on the fresh-cut sector.

“We have an extensive delivery program. Our customers are happy with us. Our vegetable processing machinery can be found all over the world,” Sormac managing director Bert Haffmans said in a news release.

Changes for at the beginning of the company’s second decade include improvements to its line of weighing machines, a new approach to spare parts and service in the U.S. and added emphasis on technology development.

As of April 1, all service and spare parts needs are now being handled directly by Sormac, according to information on the company’s website. Previously, Reyco Systems Inc., Meridian, Idaho, provided Sormac’s customers with service and spare parts.

“Reyco has been a great partner for us and has done a good job supplying spare parts and handling service requests,” according to a statement on the Sormac website. “The reason for the change has to do with the desire from Sormac to improve our communications and build a stronger partnership with customers in the U.S.”

Another move to improve customer service, according to in the news release, in increased focus on technology development with the addition of a Technicum department.

“In our new Technicum, we will carry out tests, trials and demonstrations in order to meet increasingly stricter requirements set for the functioning and handling of our machinery and the materials that we use,” Haffmans said in the news release.

Sormac has already updated its weighing machines provide more accurate readings. By moving weighing sensors previously placed on the corners of belts to a “measuring hotspot” at the end of weighing belts, Sormac engineers improved the efficiency of the equipment, according to the news release.

“This means that it no longer really matters where the product is fed onto the belt. The guaranteed accuracy is around 3%. In practice, however, around 1% appears to be feasible,” according to the news release.

The redesigned weighing belts are already in use by fresh produce companies for measuring peeling losses and checking the capacity moving through a lettuce washing line, according to the Sormac website.

The weighing belts can be equipped with signal lights, belt control systems and other custom modifications.


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