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Supermarket Linella: "When it comes to quality, we don't compromise"

With only 20 years under the belt, the prettily-named Linella is a new kid on the Moldovan retail block. The supermarket chain, part of the Dragan Group and fully operational with Moldovan capital, owns about 150 stores, 60 of them in the capital of Chisinau and the rest scattered throughout the country.…

Limited crop of Winter Honeydew melons available early January

Super Starr International has begun the transition to Winter Honeydew Melon season with availability beginning in early January 2023. The company encourages retailers to place orders now to secure product for distribution as this is a limited-time crop. “Our winter melon crop is right on schedule and…

Watermelons harvest advanced due to rain in Bahia, Brazil

Due to between 250-300mm rain during November in Bahia, Brazil, watermelon harvesting in the region had to be advanced do avoid costly damages. Despite advancing the harvest,…

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Greenhouse melons and watermelons treated with antagonistic insects

"Thanks to the launch of beneficial insects against aphids and red spider mites, we were able to drastically cut down the number of greenhouse treatments on watermelons and melons," says Tommaso Concari, agronomic technical manager of Op Bristol, summing up the work begun in recent months with Bioplanet…

Uzbekistan set a new record of watermelon exports in 2022

Uzbekistan exported a record volume of watermelons in 2022, exceeding last year’s volume by almost twice. The increase was possible mainly due to an almost two-fold increase in the volume of exports to Kazakhstan and a multiple increase in export volume to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, EastFruit experts…

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Woolworths responds to customer’s outrage over watermelon pricing

A Woolworths customer has taken to the Internet to vent about the high cost of its watermelons. On Facebook, the customer voiced her outrage after noting that a whole watermelon was now priced at $34.32. A single quarter cost an incredible $8.58. A Woolworths spokesperson responded that adverse growing conditions…

Murcian company with a workforce of almost 240 workers has filed for bankruptcy

The horticultural company Cano Nature, which owns the Soleil Royal brand and specializes in the production of the Charentais melon variety, has filed for bankruptcy and…

BASF held a meeting dedicated exclusively to this variety

How to reverse the downward trend of the Piel de Sapo melon

BASF's horticultural seed business, which operates in the market under the Nunhems brand, held a meeting in Murcia on Thursday, November 24, with the Spanish Piel de Sapo melon producing and marketing sector to analyze the current situation of this fruit and expose some of its opportunities to continue…

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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…

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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.…

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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…


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