Global Focus Melons / Kiwifruit

Swiss technology works to increase growth, quality and health of melon crops

Many growers throughout the world have to use low-quality water for irrigating their crops. This might be because it is the only water available to them, or to save on costs. This low-quality water often has high levels of salt and this can be harmful to the crops as well as to the soil. Swiss company…

Graciano, a new early Piel de Sapo melon for Almeria

Graciano is the new early Piel de Sapo variety that Syngenta has launched in Almería and that several major producers in this area have already tested. In mid-May, it is already possible to analyze the development of this variety in the field, so we have spoken with José Miguel Sánchez, an Almeria-based…

Pietro Ciardiello: "We must strengthen the Italian melon supply chain by focusing on the netted melon"

Coop Sole increases quantities and lands destined for melons

"For the current campaign we plan to handle 5000 tons of melons, and we expect to finish about a month later compared to last year, around September 10th. The areas dedicated to the melon have increased by 10%; for the previous campaign of cucurbitaceae, that is watermelons and pumpkins in addition to…

Kiwifruit packhouses in lockdown change ways of working

Fully operational packhouses and social distancing aren't exactly easy bedfellows. But ripening kiwifruit couldn't wait for the Covid-19 pandemic to be over, and packhouses…

Panama resumes melon and watermelon exports to Europe

After a period in which the expansion of the pandemic interrupted the development of international shipments, Panama resumed melon and watermelon exports to the European Union. Agrolat de Tonosi, an export company from the province of Los Santos, has been one of the companies that have resumed shipments…

Gansu produced fewer Chinese Huang Guifei watermelons this year

Lanzhou has a proud tradition of watermelon cultivation that dates back to ancient times. The Huang Guifei watermelon is a watermelon variety that is characteristic of this area. The fruit flesh is a distinct yellow. The melon rind is thin. The watermelon is quite juicy and has a sugar content of…

Brendon Lee - Mpac

Mpac builds 13,000m2 to kiwifruit cold store for additional crop

Mpac - Mount Pack and Cool is a privately owned company which was formed in 2009 and has grown significantly since then, when it first started it was packing around 2 million trays of kiwifruit, these days the company packs over 12 million trays. “In 2018 we built a new post-harvest facility for…

Melon and watermelon acreage reduced in Spain

Good year for melons for export and difficulties for large watermelons expected

According to sources in the melon and watermelon sector, the area planted with Piel de Sapo melons in Spain this year has again been reduced by around 10%, while that for the more export-oriented Charentais, Galia, Yellow and Cantaloup melons has been reduced by approximately 5%. This is a result of the…

The President of Andalusia visits Vicasol

"The climate has a bigger impact than COVID-19 on melon and watermelon sales"

The melon and watermelon harvest is currently in full swing in Almeria. The marketable volume of watermelons is still limited due to the influence of bad weather during the fruit setting period. Melons are not as affected by this. The president of the Andalusian Government, Juanma Moreno, together with…

Large watermelons become a "grab-and-go" product

Watermelon Wedger cuts melons without a moving knife

A watermelon is large and heavy. That is why more and more retailers are opting to offer manageable wedges of watermelon instead of a unhandy whole fruit. And watermelon is a popular fruit. Of course because of the taste and certainly also because of the red and refreshing appearance. In addition,…

Spain

Melon and watermelon acreage in Castile-La Mancha reduced by 20% this campaign

The melon and watermelon campaign in Castile-La Mancha has already started with the first plantings under thermal blankets. This year, the acreage in the autonomous region is expected to be reduced by 20% compared to the previous campaign, as reported by the president of the Interprofessional…

Jordi Valle, of Melón de Autor: "Small melons will have better chances in this crisis"

"It is a challenge to find enough quality watermelons in Almeria and prices are at record high"

With the melon and watermelon campaigns in Brazil and Senegal already completed, the harvest in Almeria is currently underway. The watermelon shortage is reflected in the prices, but the campaign is expected to be difficult, marked by the influence of the drop in tourism as a result of the coronavirus…

Aweta: yellow pulp kiwi, more color more flavor!

IQA-InScan Pulse is the Aweta sensor for kiwi selection based on the organoleptic characteristics of each single product that determine its flavor and consistency: these are fundamental elements for operators to determine when, to whom and at which price to market their products. Until now, technology…

Shelf-life extending chemical free post-harvest treatment now available for melons

Ensuring that a product arrives in stores with optimal freshness and is able to hold onto this freshness even after it has been purchased has always been one of the most important goals for the fresh produce industry.  Extending a products’ shelf-life means less product loss, less food waste and more efficiency…

BestMelon premium netted melons from Italy

"BestMelon was inspired by our corporate mission to promote and rediscover the flavors and colors of the Mediterranean diet through the genetic improvement of varieties of the past," explains Andrea Restuccia, Product Manager for Med Hermes Vegetable Seeds. "We have developed a fully Italian chain that…

"Muskmelons from Chinese production areas will enter the market in large volumes in May"

A growing number of seasonal fruits have recently entered the Chinese market as the weather is warming up. One of the most popular fruits among them is the muskmelon. Chinese production areas start to harvest large volumes of muskmelons in May. At that time, the supply volume of muskmelons will greatly…

South Africa’s third kiwi export season gratifies with good arrivals

There has been a keen interest in South Africa’s entry into kiwifruit exports, and the third season of sending South African yellow kiwis to Europe, the Middle East and the Far East is now concluding and they’re looking back at a gratifying season, says Peter Turner of Variety Innovation, license holder…

Michael Franks - Seeka

“It’s been a tough run for the SunGold harvest but the post-harvest teams have pushed through"

The New Zealand kiwifruit harvest has faced challenges this season due to the restrictions put in place due Covid-19, but the SunGold harvest is nearing completion and the focus is now turning to the Hayward harvest. “It’s been a tough run for the SunGold harvest but the post-harvest teams have pushed…

Kiwi Atlántico

Spanish kiwifruit sales increased by 30% since the start of the crisis

Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, kiwifruit sales from the main Spanish company in the sector, the Galician Kiwi Atlántico, have increased by 30%. Normally, the production - whose harvest came to a close in November - is enough to supply the domestic market until mid-June, but this time, it…

FreshPlaza Global Focus Melon / Kiwifruit

FreshPlaza will be focusing on melons and kiwifruit in our May Global Focus. There are many new challenges facing exporters and importers in this strange new world. The New Zealand kiwifruit season has started and kiwis are already arriving in the markets, as is production from other Southern Hemisphere…


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