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WATERMELON — F.O.B.S AS OF JULY 21

GEORGIA — Shipments (1,263-1,057-903, red-flesh seeded 80-63-70, red-flesh seedless 1,183-994-833) — Movement expected to decrease as some growers finish for the season. Trading fairly slow. Prices red-flesh seedless 36s generally unchanged, others slightly lower. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seeded-type 35s 11-12 cents; red-flesh seedless-type 36s mostly 11 cents, 45s 11-12 cents 60s 12-13 cents. Quality generally good.

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (303-384-372, seedless 278-352-357, seeded 25-32-15) — Movement expected about the same. Trading seedless active, seeded moderate. Prices seedless slightly higher, seeded slightly lower. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 count mostly 19-20 cents, approximately 45 count mostly 20 cents, approximately 60 count mostly 18 cents; red-flesh seeded-type approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 12-13 cents. Quality generally good.

MISSOURI — Shipments (8-64-166, red-flesh seeded 2-6-11, red-flesh seedless 6-58-155) — Movement expected to increase. Trading fairly slow. Prices lower. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type 36s 12 cents, 45s 13-14 cents, 60s 14 cents. Quality generally good.

TEXAS — Shipments (349-182-155, seedless 333-171-145, seeded 16-11-10) — Movement expected to increase as production increases in West Texas. Trading moderate. Prices 60 count higher, others generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 count 15-16 cents, 45 count mostly 15-16 cents, approximately 60 count 14-15 cents. Quality variable.

SOUTH CAROLINA — Shipments (140-125-153, red-flesh seeded 18-6-5, red-flesh seedless 122-119-148) — Movement expected to decrease as some shippers finish the season. Trading fairly slow. Prices generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seeded 35s supplies insufficient to quote; red-flesh seedless 36s 11-12 cents, 45s mostly 11-12 cents, 60s 13-14 cents. Quality generally good.

SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS — Shipments (0-8-112, red-flesh seeded 0-0-12, red-flesh seedless 0-8-100) — Movement expected to increase. Trading red-flesh seedless 36s fairly slow, others moderate. 24-inch bins per-pounds red-flesh seeded 35s 13-14 cents; red-flesh seedless 36s 13-14 cents, 45s 15-16 cents 60s 15-16 cents. Quality generally good.

NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (16-39*-110, red-flesh seeded 6-7*-23, red-flesh seedless 10-32-87) — Movement expected to increase as more shippers begin the season. Trading moderate. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seeded 35s mostly 14 cents; red-flesh seedless 36s mostly 12-13 cents, 45s and 60s mostly 13-14 cents. Quality generally good. *revised.

DELAWARE, MARYLAND AND EASTERN SHORE, VA. — Shipments (0-0-17, red-flesh seeded 0-0-2, red-flesh seedless 0-0-15) — Movement expected to increase as more shippers begin the season. Trading fairly active. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seeded 35s 14-15 cents; red-flesh seedless 36s, 45s, and 60s 15-16 cents. Quality generally good.

MICHIGAN — Shipments (0-0-0, red-flesh seeded 0-0-0, red-flesh seedless 0-0-0) — Very light harvest expected to begin by mid-August. Expect sufficient volume for first f.o.b. by mid- to late August. FIRST REPORT.



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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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