California watermelon deal brings strong demand

MANTECA, Calif. — Reasonable f.o.b. prices, strong demand and high quality have converged on California’s northern San Joaquin Valley watermelon-growing region this season, and grower-packer-shippers aren’t complaining.

“I think it’s one of those things where the stars kind of lined up for us ― it’s hard to explain,” said Art Perry, with George Perry & Sons Inc., Manteca.
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