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US: Supply of watermelons coming from Mexico remains light

The volume of watermelon imports entering the United States from Mexico has been light, and prices have been accordingly high. But as more growing regions increase production in the coming weeks, the market could cool off as supplies increase.

“The market is pretty tight right now,” said Andy Lozano with Sandia Depot in Edinburg, Texas. “Prices are around 34 or 36 cents per pound, and they've been in the low 30s all this month.” Mexican growers have had to deal with unfavorable weather this season, noted Lozano, resulting in diminished production. But that situation is expected to turn around in the coming weeks.

“Production began in Campeche this week, so we should get some fruit from there by this weekend,” he said. “We're currently getting melons from Jalisco, and Sonora should start by next week.” Though increased production will ease prices, he expects the market to remain strong through Easter.

“There's going to be good supply for the Easter holiday,” said Lozano. “But the market will come down in the 20s after that.”

For more information:
Andy Lozano
Sandia Depot
+1 956 318 0180

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