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Global Focus — Melons
Italy and Eastern Europe prefer striped watermelons
The watermelon supply has grown substantially compared to last week for all three varieties analysed. Demand in the Spanish market is very active; however, it is not increasing in the international markets, mainly due to weather conditions that do not make watermelon consumption desirable and to the.....
Spain: Melon production not affected by New Delhi virus
The New Delhi virus (ToLCNDV) has eventually not affected the melon production of the province of Almería, according to sources from Andalusia's Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development.With the crop already in its final stages, no production losses have been registered, mainly due to growers.....
Great improvement of melon varietal in last 5 years
The melon market is not as disappointing as it used to be a few years ago, at least in terms of quality. "I won't deny the fact that I have criticised some Italian productions for their scarce palatability, but this year I have to say that quality is good," says Bruno Francescon, one of the leading players.....
Spain: Melon and watermelon prices down by around 30%
The agricultural organisation ASAJA claims that melon and watermelon prices have fallen by around 30% this season. So far, the value of watermelons has dropped 0.22 Euro/kg compared to last year, while Galia melons have seen a decline of 0.12 Euro/kg, according to a statement.ASAJA says that products such as.....
Italy: Watermelons and melons most popular in summer
Thanks to its 300 ha, 80 of which are greenhouses, Botticelli Cooperative occupies a great position on both the domestic and international markets."We supply important supermarket chains like Carrefour, Auchan and Sma. 60% of our produce is destined to the domestic market, whereas the rest goes to.....
Spain: Almeria melons dominate international markets
Melons grown in Almeria dominate the international markets, competing with the latest batches of yellow melons from Costa Rica and Brazil and with some volumes of Cantaloupe from France.Their average price stands close to 0.44 €/kg, with supply levels notably increasing compared to last week.Piel de Sapo.....
Spain: Murcia expects increase in melon production
Murcia's melon sector, united under the federation of cooperatives Fecoam and the exporters association Proexport, has predicted an increase in production volumes this campaign of between 8 and 20%, mainly due to the good weather conditions throughout the winter in the region.The president of Proexport's.....
Lucien de Wit, PeDe: 30% less available than last season
Greek watermelon season is in full swing
Last week Remco de Boer and Lucien de Wit of PeDe visited the Greek producers of the Pantazis watermelons. PeDe will once again be working exclusively with the largest watermelon producer in Greece. PeDe received the first melons more than two weeks ago, but the season didn't fully start until last week."At.....
European melon and watermelon demand on the rise
Melons reached an average price of close to 0.42 €/kg, slightly lower than in the previous week. Yellow and Piel de Sapo melons are the most valued this week, with prices of between 0.47 and 0.50 €/kg. Galia melons do not surpass 0.30 €/kg and Cantaloupes stand at 0.40 €/kg.Cantaloupe melon production.....
Mexican scientists create new fungicide improving mango's quality
A group of Mexican scientists from the Institute of Biotechnology of the UNAM (IBT- UNAM) developed a fungicide that can increase the quality of mango by inhibiting the anthracnose, a disease that causes black spots on the fruit.Mangoes are frequently colonized by some fungi varieties that cause the.....
Moroccan and Spanish produce at the moment
Soldive satisfied with Senegal's Charentais campaign
Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the French company Soldive, specialised in the growing and marketing of Charentais melons. Maxime Fuzeau, director of Soldive says: "We supply these delicious melons, produced by our own growers in France, Spain, Morocco and Senegal, for ten months a year. We have.....
Greek watermelon season starts at De Stigter Fruithandel
Last week De Stigter received the first truck watermelons from their regular supplier in Greece. After the big success in 2013 Baris Altan, the king of watermelons at De Stigter, recently visited Greece again to make agreements for the coming season. "I believe it is important to speak to the people in.....
Successful export of Moroccan melons
With 52,000-56,000 tons of melon exported annually, Morocco is the world's 12th melon exporter. Melon production is developing hugely in Morocco with acreage reaching over 12,000 ha. Charente melons are the main variety (produced in greenhouses around Marrakech, Agadir and Dakhla) covering 1,800 ha and.....
Charentais melon forecast : Morocco - Spain – France
Yellow Charentais area increases in Spain
Production Morocco The melon forecasts for Charentais from Morocco, Spain and France were presented at last week’s Medfel, Perpignan (France). Production of Charentais melons in Morocco covers 1560-1800 ha, of which 950-1,050 ha is in the Marrakech area. The melon season begins at the end of February and.....