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Aartsen: "Our branding key to growth in Asia"

"We import from and cooperate with farms in different countries to jointly develop markets. The farms are managed according to their own strict standards which are defined by the growers. We brand the high-quality harvests and import them into Europe and Asia," says Allen Wang, a representative from…

ApexBrasil sees great opportunities for Brazilian melons in Chinese market

Recent research by ApexBrasil, a Brazilian promotion agency, found great opportunities for Brazilian melons in Chinese market. This market was identified as “especially large”…

Return of the watermelon

LeaderBrand is busy investing in a domestic watermelon crop to produce a delicious, sustained supply for the local market. Kristine Walsh speaks to LeaderBrand's Gisborne team on the company's renewed interest in the crop and the challenges and opportunities it brings. There was a time when LeaderBrand general manager of…

Perla Nera midi watermelon is already looking ahead to 2023

The Perla Nera melon ended the 2022 campaign on a high note of satisfaction. It is a dark-skinned, low-seeded midi watermelon produced exclusively by the producers' organizations Op Francescon, Peviani S.p.A. and O.P. La Mongolfiera. It was also thanks to the hottest summer recorded in decades that…

Leon Hijweege and Ed Heijnen, Keelings International:

"Challenging pineapple market, less supply mean melon, strawberry sales more balanced"

Keelings International Ltd, a branch of its Irish parent company, has been based in the Netherlands for three years now. We spoke to Leon Hijweege and Ed Heijnen about the pineapple, melon, and soft fruit market developments. Ed Heijnen and Leon Hijweege PineapplesThe company bought a farm in Las Brisas,…

Brazilian melon exports increased over 60% in October

Brazilian melon exports went up in October. According to the Foreign Trade Secretariat (Secex), the volume shipped last month reached 35,000 tons, a 63% increase over September but a 23% decrease over October 2021. The increase from one month to the next was expected as the harvest is advancing in…

Melons Australia

Australian melon industry seeking to open up export opportunities in Japan after recent grower visit

Australia's peak melon industry body has recognised a number of opportunities for export, particularly in the Japanese market, which it is hoping to open up through the development of a new five-year export strategy. Melons Australia recently took a delegation featuring a number of growers overseas as…

Lakeland horticulture grower one melon closer to Japanese export market

Daintree Fresh will soon be picking and packing 15,000 trays of fresh produce weekly, ready to be exported to Japan with the help of a Rural Economic Development (RED) Grant.…

USDA report

Morocco exports spurred by berries, mandarins, watermelons avocados and oranges

Morocco has become the 15th-largest fruit exporter in the world by value. According to the most recent estimates (2019) by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 66 percent of its land area is devoted to agriculture, with more than 7 percent devoted to fruit production.…

Increase in exports despite strong US dollar

Fall update on Mexico melon supplies

It has been a slow start to the watermelon season out of Sonora. Scattered rains throughout September backed up the crop a few weeks from its original projected start date of October 3. “We’ve been receiving mini watermelons since early October and large conventional bin watermelons since mid-October,”…

Myanmar watermelons loses China market

Due to China's strict Covid-19 protocols, with no cross border movement allowed, Myanmar has lost the watermelon market right at the time when monsoons are also hitting the…

Watermelon growing in South of Nigeria also possible

The chairman of Nigeria's Edo State's All farmers Association, Joel Usiagu, encouraged farmers in the South of the country to plant watermelons in the area not traditionally…

Breeder to showcase melon and lettuce varieties at Asia Fruit Logistica

At Asia Fruit Logistica in Bangkok from 2-4 November, Rijk Zwaan is showcasing new varieties, such as the Salanova lettuce, and the Finura RZ and Sagami RZ melon varieties.  Champ Fungi is expanding its processing activities in the lettuce segment. “We use the colourful Salanova® in our leaf mixes,” explains…

Entering the first season shipping Golden Hami melons

As California winds down its seasonal production of Golden Hami melons, its supplies are becoming very limited. However, Seeded Produce is shipping its first season of Golden Hamis that are coming from Southern Mexico. “The Golden Hami Melon is a very sweet melon. It’s a very firm and crunchy melon and the…

Australian melon taste-testing trials intend to boost consumers eating experience

According to recent research, Australian melon eaters enjoy just half of the time they taste the fruit. Delytics managing director Mark Loeffen: "At the moment, the…

But it is still close to a five-year high

Price of late watermelons in Moldova is going down

The Moldovan watermelon season is coming to an end; most likely, on the domestic market, its supply will remain until the end of this week or, at most, until the middle of the…

Jordi Valle, of Melón de Autor: "With the rise in prices, consumption trends may change"

Lower supply and considerable rise in the price of melons and watermelons imported from Brazil

The Brazilian melon and watermelon import season in Spain is underway with lower volumes compared to last year, mainly due to difficulties in the logistics. The lower supply is resulting in significantly higher prices this year. "We started receiving our first Brazilian melons and watermelons three weeks…

Fresh produce exports from Panama on the increase

The small Central American country known for the Panama Canal, has seen a steady increase in exports of exotic and tropical fruits such as pineapples and melons over the past 5 years. According to the Export and Investment Promotion Authority of Panama (PROPANAMA), their second involvement in Fruit…

Export volume Rio Grande do Norte grows 214% in September

Exports from Rio Grande do Norte summarized growth in September this year, after the state showed a drop of 81.92% in August. With the resumption, growth was 214.74% (with a…

Fruits imported from China have been on an increasing trend in Singapore

Due to its climate, location and the scarcity of land, Singapore produces very little in the way of fresh fruit. As a result, the country mainly relies on imports. This is also the main reason why the Singapore government is currently pushing for the 30/30 initiative to build up the its agri-food…

Pieter de Ruiter van 4 Fruit Company

"Last year, the Spaniards begged me to sell their melons; this year, the tables are turned"

"The melon season ended up being truly fantastic," begins Pieter de Ruiter, with no trace of doubt. He owns the Dutch company, 4 Fruit Company. Not that enormous amounts of fruit were sold - product availability was too limited for that, with acreage shrinking in Spain after the disastrous 2021 season.…

Bertus Schipper, Zoutewelle:

"Less supply means Brazilian melons can be well sold in the market"

This year's Brazilian melon season got off to an excellent start. However, high freight costs continue to plague the sector. "These days, you pay €9,500 in freight costs for a container from Brazil. That's almost double last year's price. With large products like watermelon, freight costs, alone, are…

Production started on new seedless watermelon

Production has begun on seedless melons out of the Sonoran desert. As JC Myers, vice-president sales and marketing for SunFed Produce says, more than 20 years ago the harvest was 100 percent conventional--however today it’s split evenly with organic supplies. The production period on melons out of this region…

FDA reveals cantaloupe was behind outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infections

The FDA has determined an outbreak of infections from Salmonella Typhimurium was from contaminated cantaloupe and declared its investigation over.  First posted on Aug. 17 by the…

Carlo Porro, CEO Agricola Famosa:

“European market most important for Agricola Famosa and South American region”

The major South American supplying countries are now more than ever partners to the Spanish and rest of the European fresh produce industry – not only as alternative suppliers but to ensure the food security of consumers across the continent. This is according to Carlo Porro, CEO of Agricola Famosa, the…

Due to water crisis

Moroccan govt ends subsidies on avocado, watermelon, and citrus fruit cultivation

Morocco’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Ministry in charge of the budget have decided to cease irrigation subsidies on the cultivation of avocado, watermelon,…

First Brazilian melons of the season arrive at Rotterdam Port

On Friday, September 16, the first conventional reefer ship carrying melons from Brazil arrived at Rotterdam Fruit Wharf's (RFW) fruit terminal in the Port of Rotterdam,…

Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Complex logistics situation obstructs melon exports

Despite Rio Grande do Norte being Brazil’s largest melon-producing state, logistics obstruct the scope of shipments to the international market. Luiz Roberto Barcelos, institutional director of the Brazilian Association of Fruit Exporters (Abrafrutas) and founding partner of Agricola Famosa, the largest…

Brazilian melon producer set to export 10% more to Europe

Agrícola Famosa, based in Mossoró, Rio Grande do Norte, is the largest producer and exporter of melon and watermelon in Brazil. The company is about to increase fruit shipments to Europe by more than 10% in the current harvest season. The season started in August 2022. According to CEO Carlo Porro, the…

Asia Fruit Logistica is all about the Colorful Life for Rijk Zwaan

After a three-year wait, Rijk Zwaan will finally be participating in Asia Fruit Logistica again in Bangkok from 2-4 November 2022. At its stand (F-17), the vegetable breeding company will be presenting a palette of bright, healthy, and inspiring fruits and vegetables that contribute to a ‘Colourful…

Ceará fruit export prediction:

‘Expected volume of sales similar or higher than last year’

The month of September is the time to leverage the Ceará market with shipments of fruit, mainly to Asia and Europe. The period is known as the season for melon and watermelon…

Watermelons, tomatoes, melons, apples, onions, potatoes and lettuce

Iran exported over 1.5 mln tons of ‘water-intensive’ crops in five months

According to spokesperson of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration, Rouhollah Latifi, more than 1.52 million tons of ‘water-intensive’ agricultural products were…

Jérôme Jausseran, Force Sud:

Lower supply of French charentais melons this month

The drought and the high temperatures have had an impact on the harvest of French charentais melons. “This month, the supply of French charentais melons will be lower than usual. The campaign will last throughout the month of September, but the quantities will be lower,” explains Jérôme Jausseran,…

Dirk van den Heuvel, HillFresh:

"Good demand for Limelon everywhere, but England and Germany top the list"

"Demand for Limelons - the sweet melon with a lime's tangy flavor profile - has been good and increased again this year. The weather certainly helped. There's growth in all countries, but England and Germany top the list with above-average growth," says Dirk van den Heuvel of HillFresh. This year, this Dutch…

"Lower yield as well as earlier finish to the season led to higher watermelon prices"

Heatwaves across Europe cause earlier finish to Hungarian melon season

The Hungarian watermelon season, as well as the smaller domestic melon season, has all but ended about half a month earlier than usual, with lower yields caused by the intense heatwave that spread across Europe this summer. “The local Hungarian demand and watermelon exports to the rest of Europe competed…

Rigidity in premium segment affects Greek fruit exports Dreamstime

"Businesses are at stake, especially in the watermelon and grape sectors"

The Greek grape season is now slowly but surely starting to get underway. The first goods from Crete have already been traded since the beginning of the month, and currently…

Watermelons are quite expensive right now

Whole watermelons are currently selling for $34 each at Woolworths stores, and they aren't much cheaper at Coles, where a whole fruit is selling for $28. Why is this?…

80 kg watermelon wins contest in northern Japan

A contest to find the heaviest watermelon has been held in Akita Prefecture, northern Japan. Seven fruits were entered in this year's competition. They were of the Carolina…

USDA

2022 Farm Sector Income forecast

Vegetable and melon cash receipts expected to rise by $1.6 billion in 2022

Net farm income, a broad measure of profits, is forecast to increase by $7.3 billion (5.2 percent) from 2021 to $147.7 billion in calendar year 2022. This expected increase follows an increase of $45.9 billion (48.5 percent) in 2021 from 2020. Net cash farm income is forecast to increase by $22.1 billion…

Staay Food Group: "Good weather conditions for upcoming harvest"

Brazilian melon season about to start

The overseas melon season is about to begin. "The first Brazilian melons are now well underway. The first shipment should arrive in the Netherlands at the end of week 36," says Matthijs Vlasblom of the Staay Food Group. "That shipment's products have excellent quality. The weather in the production areas…

Alberto Montaña, General Manager of Vicente Peris

"We've sold 80% more of our melons than in all of last year"

Spain's 2022 melon campaign, which had a difficult start because of the influence that weather had on the production volumes in Almeria and Murcia, is advancing with high demand and good prices. "The beginning of this season was very complex due to the weather changes. It forced us to work more…


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