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Global Focus — Melons
Environment effect on L-citrulline levels in watermelon cultigens
Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) is the second vegetable, after tomato, in the world for cultivated surface and total production. In the last years, watermelon has been identified as a healthy food for its high content in lycopene and other antioxidant compounds.The amino acid L-citrulline helps to regulate.....
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Italy: Melon Roadshow 2013 to promote new Seminis melon
Monsanto promoted the whole range of melons sold under the Seminis brand and, in particular, the SV5448ML variety at the Melon Roadshow 2013, which took place from 24th June to 7th July 2013 at the Verona, Bologna and Fondi markets as well as in various companies producing and selling melons all over.....
Spain: AGF Group launches 'Fashion Go!' watermelon
The Spanish AGF collective ‘Grupo Fashion’ announced the launch of the Fashion Go!, an easy to carry black seedless watermelon. The product, released under the Fashion brand, will be for sale in convenience stores or supermarkets.The Fashion Go! is very sweet in taste, has crisp flesh with a high.....
Awaiting good weather
European melon market at a standstill
Last week, Almeria made its first shipments of Piel de Sapo and yellow melons to the European markets. Although the campaign started with good prices, these are now on a falling trend."We started with delays last week as a result of the rains in April and early March. Prices were high due to the low volumes.....
One year after the earthquake
Italy: ITAL-FRUTTA melons are back
One year after the earthquakes on 20th and 29th May 2012, the ITAL-FRUTTA sac cooperative of San Felice sul Panaro (Emilia-Romagna) is back on the melon market with a plant built in record time despite bureaucracy and financial obstacles.A huge team of employees, the board of the cooperative, partners,.....
Soldive commences Spanish melon production
Soldive has begun harvesting yellow charentais melons in their Spanish growing region near Alicante. Harvesting in Spain will run through this month and last through June.“The yellow charentais melons we grow in Spain are very tasty, and they have a good shelf life,” said Soldive's Audrey Brizard. Brix.....
Harris Moran unfolds Origami cantaloupe
Harris Moran, a worldwide leader in vegetable seeds, and a member of the HM.Clause Business Unit inside the Limagrain vegetable seed division, today announced the increased availability of Origami – the latest cantaloupe in a long line of varietal successes from a company known for its quality, reliability,.....
First Greek watermelons on their way to PeDe
The first Greek Dumara melons were loaded on Tuesday and are expected to arrive on Friday at PeDe in Venlo. The melons are from Pantazis, one of the largest melon exporters in Greece. "The oblong Dumara melons are very sweet in flavour and are one of the most delicious melons. They weigh 6kg and upwards,".....
Tunisian melons offer early season alternative to European melons
As the weather warms up and allows growers to change out of greenhouse melon production, Tunisian open field growers are starting to harvest and ship their melons and watermelons to Europe. With an early start, Tunisian melons and watermelons offer an early season alternative for a European market still.....
Spain: Murcia increases its surface area of melon cultivation
Melon Galia has experienced a rise and its average price ranges between 0.65-0. 70€/kg, the Piel de Sapo melon ranges between 0.95-1.10€/kg and the first batches of yellow melon are between 0.50-0.60€/kg. The quantities traded of the three types of melon are minority. Initial estimates suggest a reduction in.....
"Wild year" makes it difficult for Florida watermelon growers
Florida watermelon growers get far less notice than their counterparts in citrus and the rapidly expanding blueberry industries, but Florida has consistently ranked among the top three states in watermelon acreage for the past five decades.For 20 years, watermelon growers in Florida and the US have.....
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Italy: Producers ride the wave of mini-watermelons
The tendency of the market of preferring smaller watermelons (weighing around 2 kg) is a phenomenon occurring in various countries, including Italy. "Here in Pachino, for example, it seems that this year 70% less of traditional long watermelons have been planted, in fact, farmers are switching to mini.....
HM Clause presents Capoeira, a new Galia
Capoeira is a new LSL galia melon dedicated to the Brazilian and Central American seasons. It was developed by HM-CLAUSE for the export supply chain.Capoeira provides several advantages for growers including: high yield, a very small pistil scar resulting in a low percentage of discarded fruits, concentrated.....
US: Mini melons' size resonates with consumers
C.H. Robinson introduced MelonUp! mini melons eight years ago, and since then, consumers have warmed up to the size and taste of them.“Recent surveys done by C.H. Robinson on the mini category show that shoppers purchase mini melons for their perfect portion size and sweet taste,” said Josh Knox, strategic.....