Watermelon — F.o.b.s as of May 7

FLORIDA — Shipments (257-534-837, red-flesh seedless 204-447-669; red-flesh seeded 53-87-168) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading red-flesh seeded 35 count moderate, others fairly slow. Prices lower. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seeded 35s $13-14; red-flesh seedless-type 36s $16-17, 45s mostly $18, 60s $18-19. Quality generally good.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (306-367-489, seedless 276-349-466, seeded 30-18-23) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading moderate. Prices lower. Red-flesh seedless-type per-pound 24-inch bins approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 18 cents, approximately 60 count mostly 16-18 cents, 75-80s mostly 14 cents. Cartons red-flesh seedless miniature 6s mostly $8.95, 8s mostly $10.95-11, 9s mostly $10-10.95, 11s $10-10.95. Quality and condition variable. Most present shipments from prior bookings and previous commitments at lower prices.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (156-204-116) — Movement expected to decrease slightly. Trading 60 count fairly active, others moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Red-flesh seedless-type per-pound 24-inch bins approximately 35, 45 and 60 counts mostly 22 cents. Quality variable.

LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — Shipments (0-18-48, seedless 0-12-40, seeded 0-6-8) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading 60 count fairly active, others moderate. Prices red-flesh seedless-type per-pound 24-inch bins approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 22 cents, approximately 60 count 22-24 cents; cartons 4s and 5s mostly 24 cents, 6s mostly 24-26 cents. Quality generally good.

CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (34*-22*-45, seedless 39-4-36; seeded 0-0-0) — Imports via boat from Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Movement expected to decrease. Port of entry: south Florida. Cartons flat red-flesh seedless miniature 6-8s supply in too few hands to establish a market. Quality good. *revised.

IMPERIAL AND COACHELLA VALLEYS, CALIF., AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN ARIZONA — Shipments (AZ seedless 0-4-7, seeded 0-0-0; CA seedless 0-0-0, seeded 0-0-0) — Movement expected to increase seasonally in Coachella Valley, California and western Arizona. Trading active. Unofficial prices red-flesh seedless-type per-pound 24-inch bins approximately 35 and 45 counts 22-24 cents, approximately 60 count 22 cents. Quality generally good. Prices from trade sources. No f.o.b. report issued as of May 7. The first f.o.b. report is expected to be issued the week of May 14. Shippers in Imperial Valley expect to begin late in the week of May 7, followed by central Arizona the week of May 28.


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