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Starting price of Chinese watermelons is higher than last year

Watermelons gradually begin to enter the Chinese market as summer approaches. The price of Chinese watermelons is higher than last year. Retail conditions are also smooth. The…

Record volumes and prices

2018 has been a successful year for Spanish watermelon exporters

2018 was a successful year for the Spanish watermelon sector, with record exports and average prices, as confirmed by the report prepared by the statistical service Estacom…

Organic Food, stand L650 (Hall 14)

Bruñó showcasing its organic melon and its organic black seedless watermelon

The Bruñó family, a specialist in melons and premium fruit, will showcase its organic black seedless watermelon and its organic melon at Organic Food Iberia 2019. The two varieties are grown in a sustainable way and bring back the fruit's traditional flavor thanks to continuous innovation, while also…

China: "Xiale watermelon season kicks off - will last longer than usual"

"The new harvest of Xiale watermelons already entered the wholesale market in the middle of May. The supply season is expected to last until the end of August. We have two watermelon plantations in the north and the south of Shanxi province. Our main watermelon varieties are 8424 watermelons and Meidu…

Acreage down by almost 37.8% in five years; prospects are even worse

Watermelon cultivation continues to decline in Spanish region of Valencia

Watermelon, one of the summer fruits par excellence and traditionally popular in the Region of Valencia, is losing ground, and this gradual decline is only becoming more and more accentuated. In the last five years, the acreage dedicated to this herbaceous plant in the Region of Valencia recorded a…

José Miguel López, president of Hortamar:

European consumers demand melons and watermelons with a high Brix

"The volume and quality of Spanish melons and watermelons are good this season, but the prices are mediocre. In recent years, the production has tended to grow, but consumption is low for this time of year," says José Miguel López, director of Hortamar. "Everything that arrives in the warehouse is sold.…

"First Kirkagac melons will arrive in Cologne in a few days"

Turkish melon season ready to start

The melon campaign in the northern hemisphere is currently gaining momentum. In Spain, Sicily and Morocco, people are already harvesting diligently and in the other growing areas the season is ready to kick off. "We expect the first Turkish melons of the Kirkagac variety no later than the beginning of…

Its size and great flavor make it an ideal snack

Kisy, the new miniwatermelon from Agroponiente

The Spanish company Grupo Agroponiente, together with Jimbo Fresh, is launching Kisy, a new miniwatermelon that offers an individual ration of between 650 and 950 grams, easy to peel and to consume anywhere. Kisy has an excellent, fresh and sweet flavor, with 10-11 Brix degrees. Its size is aimed to meet…

Lelis smooth melons soon to become available in Italy

Italian melon specialist Don Camillo has launched a new brand - Lelis. It is a type of melon developed by Nunhems ( Tiaré variety ) with a perfectly smooth rind of an ivory color when ripe. It has an intense aroma with vanilla and floral notes and a sweet flavor typical of classic smooth melons, yet with…

Mourad Ben Salem, Med'Essor - Rungis :

France: "Last week was complicated but the situation is improving for melons"

"A week ago we went through very difficult times," begins Mourad Ben Salem, manager of Med'Essor. "With melons, it's all about the climate! The weather in France hasn't been very good lately, so consumption hasn't taken off yet. And yet, in terms of production, the volumes are there. Currently, on the…

South African yellow kiwis, conventional and organic, hit sweet spot in an early market

Yellow kiwis from South Africa have a six week window before fruit from New Zealand or Chile are sent to market. This year the campaign had an attenuated end as New Zealand came into the market quicker than expected, but the yellow kiwi industry is pleased with a season during which a number of…

Developed by Seminis

Bayer CropScience introduces a new variety of Charentais melon

A few days ago, the "Vegetable" division of Bayer CropScience presented the new early Charentais melon characterized by a very red flesh, called "SV9790MC" and marketed by Seminis®. The presentation took place in a two-day timeframe in Licata and Palma di Montechiaro, in Sicily. The locations that were…

Morocco, Spain, France

Predictions for the 2019 Charentais melon harvest

At MedFEL, Catherine Taussig of APREL, presented the 2019 predictions for the Charentais melon harvest in Morocco, Spain and France. Important conclusions Generally speaking, the surfaces have not evolved much. There is a slight decrease in France and Morocco and a slight increase in Spain. The favorable…

Bumper summer for watermelon farmers

If anyone happens to pass by the land of Al-Amin, a farmer in Galachipa upazila, he or she cannot help but see coloured watermelons lying on a plot of agricultural land. It is a marvellous sight bound to make people stop. Last year, Al-Amin planted hybrid watermelons on an experimental basis on one acre…

Florida watermelons wait for warmer weather to boost demand

Watermelon supplies are waiting for the weather to warm up to kick-start summer demand. “Right now supplies are very strong but demand is on the weaker side. It’s not normally like this,” says Andy McDonald of Sweet Life Farms in Plant City, Fl. “But in the Northern part of the United States, it’s been…

After slow start, watermelon volume is ramping up in US

The US watermelon season has made a good start in terms of production, with Florida's fruit quality reportedly high, despite some minor disease pressure. Imports of Mexican fruit were slow to get started but supply has rallied and are now strong. "We are finally getting a good flow of watermelons now…

US cantaloupe season starting up

Over the next week, the first cantaloupe of the California season will be harvested in the Imperial Valley. Up until now, the majority of supply into the US has been from Mexico and other parts of Central America. Florida is also in the process of starting their season, signaling the beginning of the US domestic season which…

Great start to US watermelon season

The domestic watermelon season in the United States has started on a positive note, with plenty of volume out of Florida kicking in. Production is currently concentrated in South and Central Florida, while Texas and North Florida are preparing to start their seasons very shortly. Volumes are expected to…

Seeka's kiwifruit harvest in full swing

Seeka's kiwifruit harvest is in full swing across both New Zealand and Australia with the company cautiously assessing the effect of the dry summer with both countries experiencing hot dry conditions. Rainfall in New Zealand was unseasonably low through the first quarter, and in Australia, Shepparton was…

AgricolliBio produces organic golden kiwis in South Africa

The first two containers of Violea golden kiwifruits from South Africa reached the warehouses of AgricolliBio last week. The produce passed the checks with flying colors and presented excellent firmness and Brix levels. In 2014, the producer and exporter - one of the top organic kiwifruit players on an…

Chilean kiwifruit import season off to strong start

Chilean kiwifruit has been arriving in the US for several weeks now, heralding the end of the California season. Importers say the season has begun strongly, with good volumes and quality helping to move the market along. This is in contrast to some seasons when early Chilean arrivals are sometimes not…

Ricardo Vallespín, of Líder Villaconejos:

"The markets are looking forward to receiving Spanish melons"

The Spanish Piel de Sapo melon harvest is about to start in the greenhouses of Almería. The main operators are now working with the last volumes from Senegal, since the Brazilian production has already run out. "Most of the melons marketed at the moment come from Senegal, since the rainy season has…

Nogales shipper now offering organic watermelons

The Sykes Company has announced it has expanded its organic program and is now offering organic red seedless watermelon to its customers in the U.S. and Canada. The watermelons are USDA Organic certified by Oregon Tilth. “After a lot of work on the part of our grower-partners our melons have been…


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