Sakata Seed America welcomes new melon breeder

Sakata Seed America recently welcomed Mark Frahm to its growing research and development team as the company’s melon breeder. Mark joins a team of passionate and innovative…

The price of Almeria's watermelon plummets and it will now be used for cattle feed

Almeria's watermelons and melons are experiencing one of their worst seasons. The prices of both fruits have collapsed and their average price is lower than 20 cents. There…

New "Dolce Passione" watermelons

The "Dolce Passione" campaign started in early June. The brand aims at having consumers try a new product that is the fruit of Italian genetics and which will be available both in Italy and abroad.  Watermelons have a black rind with a deep red flesh and few edible seeds. The variety is called Giotto due to its perfect round shape…

Sunup, new melon variety hits the shelves

BASF has created a new type of melon called Sunup. The external color of its skin is golden, and the internal flesh color is orange making it a unique proposition. The fruit…

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From Mexico to US

$5.5 million worth of narcotics hidden in mango, cabbage and watermelon shipments

Customs and Border Protection officers at the Pharr International Bridge and Otay Mesa cargo facilities have foiled three attempts to smuggle more than $5.5 million worth of narcotics into the US. The drugs were hidden in mango, cabbage and watermelon shipments from Mexico. A press release from U.S.…

Watermelon prices are decreasing, with Italian products outselling imported ones

There is no mention of high sales for the Italian watermelon market, but the current situation is not as disastrous as the Spanish one (see FreshPlaza of 06/03/2021). "Prices have decreased compared to the beginning of the campaign, with €0.40/kg for a first category product, €0.30/kg for the second…

Melon acreage reduced. Watermelon expands

Melon and watermelon season starts with delay in Spanish Region of Murcia

The melon and watermelon harvest is starting in the Spanish Region of Murcia with a delay of about seven days due to the unstable weather conditions this spring, with alternating rainy days and milder temperatures than usual. "Although volumes are still limited in Murcia, we expect to be working in full…

Calabresella, a refreshed brand

The Italian watermelon campaign - reasons for optimism

"This year should be full of optimism," said Iolanda Turrà, Chief Administrative Officer of the company Giovanni Turrà located in Crotone, Calabria, Italy, with regard to the watermelon season that is about to begin, and after a difficult fennel campaign. The company has launched a new brand to place…

Correct watermelon irrigation avoids unevenness and leads to higher yields

The Italian watermelon season is proceeding and fruits are much appreciated at all latitudes. In Italy, watermelons are grown on over 15,000 hectares, especially southern (Puglia, Sicily and Campania) and central (Lazio) regions. The minimum germination temperature is 15°C, meaning sowing is carried out between…

"Brazilian muskmelons have great potential in the Chinese market"

Brazilian muskmelons received permission to enter the Chinese market for the first time last year. Many traders were still hesitant, so the import volume was not large. Farmers have already planted the Brazilian muskmelons that are destined for the Chinese market this year. Kevin of RK Growers recently…

Erik-Jan Thur, Marni Fruit, the Netherlands:

"Spanish cherry demand increasingly focused on good varieties, melons becoming more of a weekend item"

The Spanish stone fruit season is currently getting underway. "We're getting the first peaches. At the end of the week, we'll start with paraguayos. And at the beginning of next week, we'll get the first nectarines. We're also already in full swing with Spanish cherries," says Erik-Jan Thur of Marni…

Watermelons behind schedule, although prices and quality are good

Winter Storm Uri and the cool, wet weather that followed it have made the 2021 growing season tough on Texas watermelons. Still, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension…

Cold and rainy weather in Europe leads to lower demand

Bottom prices for Turkish watermelons

The Turkish watermelons have been in season for a while now, but according to Coskun Eren, marketing manager for Turkish fruit exporter Eren, the demand is not what it was last year: “The watermelon season in Turkey has been a little quiet this year. Normally Turkey starts with greenhouse watermelons at…

Origene is granted US patent covering Powdery Mildew-resistant watermelon plant

The United States Patents and Trademark Office has recently granted a landmark US Patent covering Origene's breakthrough technology of producing a Powdery Mildew-Resistant Watermelon Plant. The Patent reflects the results of Origene's long term commitment to breeding innovative vegetable varieties,…

Affecting 200 people in more than 10 different countries

Large Salmonella outbreak linked to whole honeydew, cantaloupe and galia melons

Melons have been linked to a Salmonella Braenderup outbreak that has been affecting 200 people in more than 10 different countries. Cases have been reported in Denmark,…

A seedy slice of history:

'Watermelons actually came from northeast Africa'

Just in time for picnic-table trivia, a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences rewrites the origins of domesticated watermelons. Using DNA from greenhouse-grown plants representing all species and hundreds of varieties of watermelon, scientists discovered that…

Crop diversification is creating new opportunities and growth for a Northern Territory melon farmer

A Central Australian farmer is diversifying his business by adding some rotational crops to his already successful melon production. Desert Springs Farm in Ali Curung, nearly 400 kilometres north of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, has been growing watermelons for around 13 years in the region.…

Melons Australia hopeful workforce issues will not stunt the growth and opportunities in the NT

The Australian melon industry says a major focus over the next few months heading into the next season is trying to address issues surrounding the horticulture workforce shortage. The southern states will begin the seven-month season in Spring/Summer, and Melons Australia Executive Officer Johnathon…

Malappuram KVK experiment proves successful

Shamam grown in Kerala as well

The shamam or muskmelon is popular in Kerala, especially in Malabar region. Malappuram Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) has proved that the fruit can be cultivated here. The fruit is already cultivated in…

On May 28, they will protest this situation by withdrawing their production in the province

Coexphal-Aproa denounces the terrible situation of Almeria melon and watermelon in European markets

The Board of Directors of Coexphal-Aproa met yesterday to study the future of the spring season and to analyze the low prices registered by the main fruits produced by Almeria greenhouses. Melon and watermelon prices have had strong falls for weeks that don't correspond to the excellent quality,…

Spain leads the world in watermelon exports

In 2020, the world exported 3,669.12 million kilos of watermelons. Spain was the world's leading exporter with 839.62 million kilos, i.e. 22.88% of the total. It was followed…

Jacob Aktalan, MG Fruit, the Netherlands:

"Melon sales will hopefully improve as the weather does"

Melon and watermelon sales aren't great at the moment. "That's entirely due to the weather, which is unusual for the end of May," says Jacob Aktalan of MG Fruit in the Netherlands. "Fortunately, the forecast looks better. I think the market will definitely pick up, hopefully, sooner than later." "The…

Watermelon market shows shift from 8424 melons to Meidu melons

Yuncheng in Shanxi recently organized a festive ceremony for the abundant watermelon harvest in Salt Lake. The theme of this ceremony was 'Yuze and Salt Lake, watermelons are…

Moroccan and French melons are 21.46% and 99.05% more expensive than Spanish melons

Spain is the world's largest melon exporter. In 2020, worldwide melon exports amounted to 2,136.27 million kilos. The leading exporters were Spain with 433.84 million kilos (…

Japan premium melons sell for $24,800 at auction after Covid slump

A pair of premium Japanese melons have sold for $24,800 at auction, which amounts to over 22 times more than last year's virus-hit price. Still, the 2.7 million yen price tag…

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Almeria's melon and watermelon prices dropped by more than 30% this week

This week, melon and watermelon prices recorded a sharp decline in Almeria, as reported by Asaja-Almeria. According to the agricultural organization, the price of both fruits has fallen by up to more than 30% this week, depending on the variety. Black seedless watermelons have seen their price fall by…

Melon supplies transition back to domestic growing regions

Domestic supplies of honeydew and cantaloupe melons are starting to build. “There are three separate areas where melons would be coming from right now,” says Justin Bootz with Legend Produce LLC in Scottsdale, AZ. Offshore melons are still trickling in, though less so on the West Coast. “Most offshore…

Growers association launches Flavor of Sunshine campaign for 2021

The Eastern Cantaloupe Growers Association (ECGA), a food safety and advocacy group for Eastern Cantaloupe growers in the Midwest and eastern U.S., has launched its Flavor of Sunshine campaign to support the 2021 Eastern Cantaloupe season. The annual campaign helps drive business for retailers with…

Murcia led Spanish melon exports in 2020

According to data prepared by Hortoinfo from the Estacom statistical service, last year, Spain exported a total of 433.75 million kilos of melons for 321 million euro. The Region of Murcia led exports with 237.04 million kilos worth 175.86 million euro, i.e. 54.65% of the total volume and 54.78% of the…

Candido Amador, manager of Frutas Amador:

"Low demand in Europe increases the oversupply of watermelon"

Sales of Spanish watermelons to export destinations are currently stagnant due to a lack of demand. The rise in temperatures in Almeria has accelerated the harvest while the weather in central and northern European countries continues to be too cold to push consumers to buy summer fruit. "About a month ago,…

Updates on Miss Freshness potatoes and soft fruits

New season for Barattì®-apulian sensation

The new season of Barattì®-apulian sensation is about to start. "Barattì is the brand dedicated to the Cumelo, which is listed in the Index of Traditional Foods of the Apulia Region. We also made significant investments in communicating this crop and tried to convey its nutritional value and beneficial…

Red Falcon by Consorzio Mundial

Sicilian netted melon season in full swing

"This year, harvesting started a few days late because of the weather, which delayed ripening. Thankfully, the current warm temperatures have led to sweet fruits with an exceptional texture, meaning we are in line with the high standards of Red Falcon melons," explains Consorzio Mundial president…

'Bravura strawberry variety', recently imported from the Netherlands

Rwandan cooperatives chose new strawberry variety for increased revenues

Rwandan growers who produce juice and jam from strawberries are set to double their production capacity as they plan to grow a new strawberry variety dubbed “Bravura…

Sustainability and environmental care are the basis for producing a good cantaloupe

"Over the years, our company has invested in the creation of high-tech greenhouses for high quality protected crops. Each of our products is certified ACCREDIA and undergoes strict controls, such as multi-residual analysis. The main purpose is to provide final consumers with very high standards," said…

Seminis individual webinars kicked off, will continue in coming weeks

During the coming weeks Seminis, (Bayer’s Vegetable Seed division) is organizing individual and personalized webinars with the watermelon industry. The objective is to create…

Greek watermelon season starting

Greece: Demand for watermelons high

The Greek watermelon season is about to kick off. Starting in week 20, the summer fruit will be exported to European countries mostly. Demand is rather high at the moment, so…

medFEL publishes estimates of the area of ​​melons

On Tuesday 11 May, medFEL held a webinar* presenting estimates for melon plantings in Morocco, France and Spain. In summary, the melon area in Morocco remains stable, there is a slight decrease in the melon area in Spain and an increase in the southeastern part of France. MoroccoStability of the areas in…

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…

Artwork to honor Sicilian producers of the cantaloupe Rubino F1

The ceremonial unveiling of a painting entitled "The sweetest fruit" took place in the city hall of Licata (AG), Italy, in a cordial atmosphere and in compliance with the anti-Covid measures. The painting symbolizes a moral collaboration between the Sicilian city and the seed company HM.CLAUSE. On the left,…

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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…

Two new melon varieties released in China

During the opening ceremony of the 2021 Yanliang Melon Industry Cultural Festival, two new varieties developed by Yanliang Melon Trial and Demonstration Station of Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, Hongbaoyu and Yinhui, were released. The new varieties of Yinhui (left) and Hongbaoyu (right) Du…

Watermelon producers are optimistic about the campaign after the first cuts in Almeria

Producers from Almeria are optimistic about this season's melon and watermelon campaign because of many reasons, the pandemic boosted the consumption of both fruits, the…

Switzerland: Seamless season change for melons, sluggish start to stone fruit season

"Consumers are clamoring for new fresh produce"

The traditional change of season on the fruit shelf is now imminent in the Swiss retail trade as well. The first Spanish melons and stone fruits are already available on the shelves. However, the cold weather in the Spanish production areas has had a noticeable impact on the supply situation, Michele…

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…

Morocco's watermelon is displacing Almeria product in France and the Netherlands

According to data prepared by Hortoinfo from the statistical services Comtrade, the Statistics Division of the United Nations Organization (UN), and Estacom (Icex-Tax Agency), Morocco's watermelon is displacing Almeria's product in the European markets. In 2020, the Morrocan product already surpassed…

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…

The province of Almeria produced more than half of the watermelons that Spain exported in 2020

Spain exported a total volume of 839.62 million kilos of watermelon for 444.48 million euro in 2020, according to data prepared by Hortoinfo from the Estacom statistical…

Wholesale fruit prices drop in Punjab, Pakistan

Pakistan’s fruit market is seeing quite some upheaval. Wholesalers are reporting around a 40 per cent drop in sales in Punjab, with truckloads of fruit waiting for days in…

The inter-branch organization recommends prudence in planting

The area devoted to watermelons in Castilla-La Mancha could increase by 20 to 25% this season

According to estimates from the Melón y Sandía de Castilla-La Mancha Inter-branch organization based on data provided by the nurseries, the area devoted to growing watermelons in the autonomous community would increase by 20 to 25 % this campaign. "This increase worries us," stated the president of the…

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…

Rolf Weber (Global Producers) on the approaching conclusion of the Costa Rican campaign

"Melon season economic and financial success despite higher costs"

This year's melon season in Costa Rica will end on schedule with seedless watermelons and several varieties of mini watermelons in week 19. This will be followed by the last galia melons (week 20) and cantaloupe or yellow melons (week 21-22) hitting the market, reports Rolf Weber, managing director at…

Jordi Valle, of Melón de Autor

"Only specialists and brand-oriented firms are supplying melons and watermelons at the moment"

Spanish melons and watermelons are reaching the markets at an extremely slow pace, overlapping with the latest shipments from Senegal, among other origins. The supply of these products is scarce and prices remain high, driven by a good demand. “We are still working with melons and watermelons from…

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Tanzanian watermelon grower shares success story

The Syova Food Production and Distribution Company has launched a special program to train Tanzanian farmers and agricultural stakeholders at large on various techniques that should boost their agricultural endeavors. Syova - formerly known as East African Seeds Ltd - is one of the largest seed-producing…

Watermelon sales up in Islamabad

The sales of watermelons have witnessed surge in Pakistan’s capital due to the high demand during the festival of Ramadan. Pakistan ranks 30th in global watermelon production, with only a 0.3 percent…

Agrieuropa expanded its production with mini watermelons

First Italian watermelons on the market by the end of April

"The watermelon season is about to begin. If the weather holds, we expect to start the first deliveries from the end of April. This season we have expanded our offer with the mini watermelons, which have been gaining ground on the market for several year now. The cultivation program for this new crop is…

Almeria's melon and watermelon campaign starts with higher prices than at the beginning of last season

The watermelon and melon campaign has started in Almeria with a firm step. According to the data available to Asaja Almeria, the seedless watermelon variety (which is mostly…

More than 26,000 cultivated hectares in the province use this pest control strategy

The area of watermelon under biological control in Almeria increased by 22% this season

In recent campaigns, the number of hectares under biological pest control in the province of Almeria has increased to the point of surpassing 26,000 hectares in the 2020-2021…

Leon van den Hombergh, Frankort & Koning, the Netherlands:

"Overseas melon season has reasonable prices, but is a logistical nightmare"

The first Spanish watermelons are gradually arriving on the Dutch market. Leon van den Hombergh, however, thinks the overseas melon supply will still define the market in the coming weeks. "Price-wise, we're having a reasonable overseas season. But costs are still rising faster than market prices," he says. "Spain…

Malaysia: Watermelon very popular during month of fasting

The popularity of watermelon during Ramadan in Terengganu has been a windfall for local growers and traders as many people buy the fruit as a thirst quencher, especially for…

New chem-free postharvest treatment for melons

"At Sanifruit we are aware of the need for melon growers to improve the shelf life of their products. The usual problem intrinsic to the production of fruit involves loss, browning and rot of the peduncle, which consequently implies recalls. That is why we are introducing a new chem-free postharvest…

A quick overview on some seasonal fruit and vegetables references

The Sicilian netted melon season has started

The production areas between Licata and Palma di Montechiaro of the Italian company Bio Hortus, managed by Antonio Morreale, have just opened the European production season. The Sicilian fruit and vegetable season has not been touched by the bad weather of the last days, unlike other areas of Italy. The…

Malaysian farmers attempt to grow prized Japanese muskmelons

For the past ten years, three Malaysian farmers have been trying to successfully grow Japanese muskmelons, one of the world's most expensive fruits. Now, the farmers at Mono…

Panama's watermelon exports increased by more than 12% in the first two months of 2021

Panamanian watermelon exports in the first two months of 2021 increased by 12.4% over the same period of the previous year and had a FOB value of 1.72 million dollars. Panama…

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Vietnam: Homemade Ferrari 488 GT is also a melon shop on wheels

A man in Vietnam devised what can be seen as a most interesting marketing strategy: He took out a Ferrari 488 GT to sell loads of melons. Well, it's not a real Ferrari… What we see is a replica of the Ferrari 488 GT, that was built by the owner himself. Also, he showed his ingenuity in figuring out…

Melon mystery grips New Forest, Jamaica

After some 100,000 pounds of melons failed to properly mature under mysterious circumstances, growers at the New Forest Agro-Park are left with a million dollars-plus in…

Table-to-farm approach will create healthier U.S. melon supply chain

Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists at the Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center in College Station are using a “table-to-farm” approach to create a safer, healthier and more sustainable melon supply chain in the U.S. by considering consumer preference at the dinner table. Leading the team is Bhimu…

Anecoop presents its watermelon campaign, increasing its acreage and aiming to exceed 155,000 MT

The Spanish growers' association Anecoop has officially launched the new season of one of its top products: the Bouquet watermelon, which was the first seedless watermelon to hit the European market in 1992. Today, almost three decades later, it still leads the pack in its category across Europe. This…

Vicente del Bosque kicked off Grupo Caparros' watermelon season

Vicente del Bosque, the former coach of the national soccer team, symbolically kicked off the watermelon campaign of Almeria's Carrapos group this week by tasting one of the…

Vicent Mingarro, from Frutinter: "More and more is consumed if there is supply in the off-season"

"Despite limited operations in the horeca channel, melon and watermelon sales in Spain remain stable"

Despite the limitations of the horeca channel due to pandemic-related restrictions, melon and watermelon sales are going well in Spain thanks to a good balance between supply and demand. Spaniards are consuming more and more melons and watermelons all year round, whenever there is supply. While there are…

Xiale watermelon brand is produced in five regions and supply lasts all year

Xiale Green Tiger seedless watermelons sell well in the Chinese market

The production season of Xiale watermelons is in full swing. This year the weather developed in distinct stages. The temperature was high at times and then low again. This had an impact on the growth of watermelons. In addition, the outbreak of Covid-19 last year affected the sales figures of Chinese…

Aimed at harvesting this year’s melon crop

Australian job seekers offered $1,000 to travel to Northern Territory

As Covid travel restrictions and closed borders have stopped foreign backpackers travelling to Australia, the nation’s growers are left desperately short of fruit pickers.…

Intent on aiding Northern Territory growers

NT Labor government launches campaign to support $70 million melon industry

Today, the Territory Labor Government has launched a $745,000 campaign to support the Territory’s $70 million melon industry. It is aimed at ensuring that growers have the…

Queensland melons can re-enter New Zealand after new agreement

After the cucurbit trade was reopened last month, Queensland melons can officially go back on New Zealand shelves. New trade conditions agreed to by both the Australian…

Increased melon production for export

The year 2020 was quite mediocre for the melon, with very low sales, but Caraïbes Melonniers is bouncing back with 1,100 tons of melons imported to Europe at the end of March.…

Almeria expects a 6% and 3% increase in the area devoted to melons and watermelons, respectively

According to provisional data from the Department of Market Intelligence of the Association Almeria's Fruit and Vegetable Producer Unions (COEXPHAL), the area devoted to…


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