Ramón Gil, coordinator of Algitama:

"As the weather improves in Europe, melon and watermelon consumption will increase"

Watermelons and melons from Almeria have already reached the markets, although volumes for now are small, given that the campaign is still in its early stages. At this point, the reduction in the supply of overseas fruit has created a favorable scenario for the Spanish production. "The off-season supply…

Progene Seed, advanced breeding

Watermelon varieties suitable not only for the Mediterranean climate

"Thanks to the most advanced techniques of varietal selection, alongside the traditional methods, we are increasingly asserting ourselves on the market with important contributions to horticultural genetics," said Vincenzo Cassibba, breeder and administrator of Progene Seed, an Italian seed company…

O.P. Agricola Campidanese

Delayed start of the season for melons and watermelons

The first "L'Orto di Eleonora" melons and watermelons have been available for the past two weeks. Sales started off slowly and have increased only in the past few days: "It seems the weather is finally improving. The sunny weather and increased temperatures help push sales and, thanks to the fact…

CuteSolar

The first Spanish solar-greenhouse watermelons hit the European market

The European markets started to receive the first continental watermelons of the season at the end of April. This was possible because the fruit was grown in solar greenhouses in southern Europe, where this fruit has the natural and optimal conditions to grow and producers respect the fruit's ripening…

Late start on West Coast melons

West Coast supplies of honeydew and cantaloupe melons will see a slightly delayed start this month. “The domestic season will not begin until mid-May this year. It’s about a week to 10 days later than normal because there was cooler weather in February-March,” says Stephen Patricio of Westside Produce in Firebaugh, CA. The earliest…

Watermelon, Almeria's second most important agricultural product

Coexphal and Hortiespaña launch the SANDI 'The first European watermelon' campaign

The southeast of Spain is the first and only watermelon-producing area in Europe that has been able to place top-quality delicious watermelons in the market since mid-April thanks to its excellent climate and its greenhouses. This was made clear during the presentation of the SANDI “The first European…

Javier Carmona, marketing director at La Unión Corp:

"There's a growing focus on brands in the melon and watermelon category"

The watermelon season is just starting in Almeria. The first batches of the fruit have reached the market at a time when the weather in Europe is not ideal to motivate consumption; however, they are also facing less competition from third countries, such as Senegal, where the acreage has been reduced…

Approximately 30 percent jump in pricing on Chilean kiwis

Chilean kiwis are just over halfway through the harvest. “The supplies today are pretty ample. We had kiwis in one growing area that were a bit delayed to start--maybe about five to 10 days delayed from a normal season,” says Nicolas Damm of Rio Blanco. “Harvest should go on for another two weeks and…

FreshPlaza May Special - Melons and Kiwifruit

This month FreshPlaza will be will be highlighting Melons and Kiwifruit in our special. Are you an importer of either kiwis or melons or do you export any of these products? Do you have interesting news to share regarding the market? We would love to hear from you for our May special section. You can…


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