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Global Focus  —  Melons / Pineapples

Florida encountering a tough start with watermelons

Just under a month into Florida’s watermelon season, it’s been a tough go for the entire state almost. Produce from Guatemala and Honduras has finished, but supply is still coming in from Mexico. “It’s still coming in but we’re trying to stick with Florida’s (melon) crops,” said Raquel Mello of Hapco Farms.....

AU: Strong winter pineapple harvest expected

An Australian pineapple grower expects to have more fruit on the market than usual this winter.Piñata Farms says pineapples are not typically thought of as a winter fruit, but this year the good growing conditions in recent weeks have allowed more fruit to grow, which should be on the market in 6-8.....

Jacob Aktalan, MG Fruit:

“Early start to Spanish watermelon season”

Overseas melons are gradually taking the place of Spanish product on the melon market. “Spain is already sending a considerable volume of watermelons from Almeria, and that’s earlier than in previous years,” says Jacob Aktalan from MG Fruit. “From overseas, Costa Rica and the final Panamanian watermelons are.....

Frank Ocampo, Hagé International: the market has collapsed

May and June are critical months for Spanish pineapples

After a reasonably good start to the year, the pineapple market has taken a turn for the worse. "Right after Easter, prices tanked. Prices were between 17 and 19 euro three weeks ago, but after the Easter weekend, the market collapsed. There are all sorts of prices circulating on the market, but the average is.....

Poor weather sharpens pineapple market

Poor weather in Costa Rica during 2016 and early 2017 has reduced pineapple production and export volumes for July and August are looking low. This of course will affect the prices this summer."The market in Costa Rica has stayed strong for the beginning of 2017 with volumes lower and demand still good for the.....

AU: Help sought for melon exports to Japan

Australian Melon growers want more assistance from the government in exporting their fruit to Japan.An agreement was reached regarding market access last year, opening the door for the Australian product to be sold in the Asian country. So far a small number of shipments have been made, but the Australian.....

China: Disappointing market prices for Guangxi watermelons

With the weather getting warm, early-ripening watermelons are entering the market. Guangxi is a major production area of the watermelon variety of Black Beauty, but due to the frequent rainfall this spring, the initial fruit setting rate of watermelons here was not ideal. With the second and third batch of.....

China: Melons from Shenxian county to hit the market next week

The total cultivation area of melons in Shenxian County in Liaocheng City has reached close to one million acres, 80% of which are greenhouses. The county is also known as the "Home of the Melon", the "Home of Agaricus Bisporus" and the "First County of Vegetables" in China. The main varieties currently grown.....