Van Groningen & Sons Inc., Manteca, Calif., plans to add organic seedless and miniature watermelons to its lineup starting about May 10 from the state’s Imperial Valley.
The grower-shipper will also expand its conventional melon offering by adding orange flesh honeydew, galia, hami and canary.
These company has been known for conventional melons such as seedless and seeded watermelons, mini watermelons, cantaloupe and honeydews — plus sweet corn, pumpkins and nuts.
The organic watermelons continue through June. “(This) will be our inaugural year starting with any organic items and we are very excited to introduce these two items to our customers,” Ryan Van Groningen, sales manager, said in a news release.
“Van Groningen & Sons has been growing conventional melons since 1939 but sees the need to diversify,” he said. “Though organics might not take a lot of the market share in the melon category, select consumers are asking for these organic melons at the retail level and we are happy to support our retail partners with these products.”