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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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Researchers invent afforable plastic circuit

Researchers have invented an affordable plastic circuit that they say could revolutionize the fresh food industry by allowing for freshness monitoring within packaging.

The plastic analog-to-digital converter unveiled earlier this year was designed with the goal of reducing food waste, according to the researchers, who presented their work at the International Solid-State Circuit Conference in San Francisco.

Scientists from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, and University of Catania, Italy, worked with two companies — CEA-Liten in France and STMicroelectronics in Switzerland — to develop the technology, according to a news release.

A key advantage to the plastic circuits is their cost. The developers say they will cost less than one euro cent, making them inexpensive enough to be used in disposable packaging for fresh foods. The circuits would be part of a sensing device that could test the contents of a package to make sure it is safe to eat by measuring the level of acidity of the food.

“In principle, that’s all already possible using standard silicon (components). The only problem is they’re too expensive. They easily cost 10 cents,” researcher Eugenio Cantatore of Eindhoven University of Technology said in the release.

He said in the release that the plastic semiconductors can even be printed on all kinds of flexible surfaces, which makes them cheaper to use. The sensor circuits could be read with a scanner or mobile phone to show the freshness of produce or other foods.

Isabelle Chartier, printed electronics business developer at CEA-Liten, said in the release that the analog-to-digital converter has been the missing link in creating this kind of freshness-sensing technology.

“This paves the way toward large area sensors on plastic films in a cost-effective way through printing manufacturing approaches,” Chartier said in the release.

The researchers estimate it will be about five years before such sensor technology on packaging reaches grocery stores.


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