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Reduced imports lead to a gap in the watermelon market

With the exit of early-ripening watermelons from Hainan and Yunnan, on the market watermelons of Jiangsu origin have been concentrated in the market since early June. When they first arrived, the market response was very good. Basically, they were sold out as soon as they arrived. The price is also…

Murcia growers ask for night patrols after series of watermelon thefts

In some parts of Lorca, people have set up night patrols in after a series of watermelon thefts in the area.  Murcia growers are now asking police officers to protect the thefts…

$130 Japanese melon is the "Ferrari of melons"

"You can look at it as a car. You can buy a car for $15,000 that will get you from here to there. But you could also buy a Ferrari which also gets you from here to there, but there's something special about it. It's prestigious, and not a lot of people are able to do that," says Robert Schueller of Los…

Enza Zaden will celebrate a new edition of the Melon House Fair from June 27 to July 8

"Full-year melon and watermelon program with products that have resistances that make a difference"

Enza Zaden's team will receive professionals from the sector from June 27 to July 8 in the field test site in El Albujon, Murcia, during their Melon House Fair event. "Melon…

Study addresses challenges to pumpkin and watermelon production in Uganda

A new study published in the CABI Agriculture and Bioscience journal highlights that pests, diseases, and drought, are the main challenges to pumpkin and watermelon production…

Uzbek farmers grow yellow watermelons

Imronbek Shakhruza LLC in the Akhangaran district -Tashkent region- grows yellow watermelons from the seeds of the Riamo variety. The latter are purchased in South Korea. The…

Toronto's Yuzuki Fish Market deals in expensive Miyazaki mangos and Shizuoka melons

For those who like to splash on rare melons and mangos sold for over $100, there's a place in Toronto to do it. Yuzuki Fish Market deals in not only specialty seafood; they…

Murcia is Spain's leading melon producing and exporting province

Last Saturday, the Region of Murcia, the leading melon producing and exporting province in the country, held the Melon Festival in Torre Pacheco. Last year, the Region had…

4-12 July

Global Melon and Watermelon Event 2022

Rijk Zwaan announces the upcoming edition of its annual Global Melon and Watermelon Event. The vegetable breeder’s beautiful melon and watermelon varieties will be on display at Rijk Zwaan’s Experimentation and Development Center (CED La Palma) in Cartagena, Murcia (Spain) from 4-12 July. This event is the…

In first month of the season:

Uzbekistan witnesses record watermelon exports

The Uzbek watermelon export season started around 15-20 May, at about the same time as last year. Since the exports of the first batches of watermelon started, i.e. in the…

Patrick Cluchier, Ets Tonfoni:

“No field melon should be sold at less than 1.20€ per kilo”

This is a special year for the French melon. The trade has been asking producers for years to delay their planting schedules in order to arrive later on the market and avoid direct competition with Morocco and Spain. However, the supply from these 2 countries is low this year so there is a shortage of…

Global Melon & Wantermelon Event, of Rijk Zwaan, from July 4 to 12:

"We want to encourage melon and watermelon consumption through new experiences"

From July 4 to 12, the seed house Rijk Zwaan will again welcome everyone to the new edition of the Global Melon & Watermelon Event to present its current portfolio of solutions for the global melon and watermelon market, including new launches and new concepts that will be unveiled during those days.…

ASAJA expects good quality and good prices

Almeria's outdoor watermelon campaign begins marked by a 30% increase in production costs

The start of the outdoor watermelon harvest campaign marks the beginning of summer. The Agrarian Association of Young Farmers (ASAJA) has visited the area of Cuevas de Almanzora to observe the quality and harvest of the watermelon crops and to find out what the estimates for this campaign are. "This year…

Eric Godard, Laparra:

“This week, the challenge will be to find some balance on the melon market”

“The melon market evolves constantly,” explains Eric Godard, manager of Agence Laparra located on the Rungis market. “In May, we were really lacking merchandise because the surface areas planted in Morocco and Spain were smaller and the weather conditions in those regions have slowed down the production.…

Anecoop's Bio seedless mini watermelon receives innovation award

Anecoop's Bio Bouquet mini seedless watermelon has been voted Best Innovative Product in the Organic Fresh Food sector in an exhibition of innovative products organized as part of the latest edition of the Organic Food Iberia fair, held on June 8 and 9 at IFEMA. With a striped rind and deep red flesh, it…

Premium net melons branded 'Antonio Francescon selezione del fondatore'

Brix grade guaranteed with infrared technology

In the northern Italian province of Mantua, the season for the net melon marketed under the Antonio Francescon brand has relaunched. "We are finally ready again to market a melon that is grown according to the tradition of our grandfather. The melon is grown in the best soils. We know the land and its…

Geerten van Luttikhuizen: "Organic Limelon available from week 25"

"Limelon at retailers and greengrocers in most of Europe"

In 2019, Hillfresh introduced Limelon to the European market. The Spanish season has started in Almería again, and from week 25, the first volumes will also arrive from Murcia. "The heavy rains in Spain caused some anxiety during preparations, and there seem to be some issues. However, Almería and Murcia…

Output of watermelons in the main producing areas in China increased significantly

After a high price period that lasted for a whole summer last year, the output of watermelons in the main producing areas in China increased significantly this year. Entering…

Good year for Sicilian melon

"While the sales campaign started well with interesting prices, the same cannot be said for the latest produce. However, we managed to do well this year thanks to our varietal choices, which achieved high prices for a good part of May," reports Vincenzo Cavaleri, production manager for the family business.  Vincenzo Cavaleri Azienda…

Julien Cremer, Sud ImpEx:

“The demand is great for our Sicilian melons!”

In order to put the tastiest varieties of melons on the market, Julien Crémer, director of Sud ImpEx, has been working for two years in partnership with Barbera International, a company located at the foot of the Etna volcano in Sicily.   “This melon is produced in the region of Licata, in Sicily. The fruit is…

Arizona sees peak cantaloupe and honeydew supplies

Domestic supplies of cantaloupe and honeydew melons right now are at their peak. “We have great supply and great volume and no shortage of product overall,” says Justin Bootz with Legend Produce LLC in Scottsdale, Arizona. “We are a little short on 12-count cantaloupes, so the smaller sizes. We have big…

Manuel Baides, of Fruta de Autor: "The abundance of small sizes this year has encouraged us to export melons"

"It is proving difficult to make a profit, since melons and watermelons are so expensive at origin"

In the European markets, the melon and watermelon supply has been limited since March, when the product was being shipped from Senegal and other origins in Central America. The Spanish season is now underway with a still limited supply, high prices and difficulties for the companies working with fixed…

Morocco ranked fifth in volume but second in value

Spain was the world's largest exporter of watermelons in 2021

Total world watermelon exports in 2021 amounted to 3,629.66 million kilos, a very similar volume to the one achieved in the previous year, according to data prepared by…

Good start for Eleonora and Gavina mini-watermelons

The watermelon and melon season is in full swing at O.P. Agricola Campidanese. It starts with Eleonora and Gavina, seedless mini-watermelons with a unique color, texture and weight that have become famous on a European level.  FreshPlaza has talked about it with Salvatore Lotta, sales manager of the Sardinian…

Densuke watermelons sold for thousands of dollars

In Japan, expensive, specially-grown fruit is often given as a gift. It is there that watermelons can fetch the equivalent of hundreds — or even thousands — of dollars. One of…

Spanish melon exports fall by 20.3 million kilos in 3 years

In 2021, Spain exported 430.76 million kilos for 312.35 million euro and an average price of € 0.72/kg. Shipments of this fruit have decreased in recent years by 20.3 million…

The online fruit market saw a consumption boom: watermelon sales increased by nearly 200%

The midsummer is approaching, and that is the peak season for watermelon consumption. According to the monitoring data of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, since…

Chinese farmers expect great watermelon harvest

Farmers in Yuncheng in central China’s Shanxi province have harvested thousands of ripe watermelons during the June 2022 harvest season. To ensure the quality of the fruit,…

Netted melon and apricot season in full swing in Sicily

"The netted melon campaign is in full swing, although it started slightly late than in previous years. We started on April 20th and I must say that things have been satisfactory so far when it comes to both quality and prices," reports Vincenzo Di Pasquale, co-founder of the Donnalia brand together with…

RADA assisting Jamaican growers to solve mystery watermelon disease

Following complaints by farmers in Jamaica about their watermelon yields being affected by a “mystery disease”, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has been dedicating…

"The hotter it is the more mineral water, beer and watermelons sell”

Lower late season volumes estimated for coming Hungarian watermelon season

The Hungarian watermelon season, set to start later this month, will likely see lower volumes during the later season, but is buoyed by early requests for supplies from Poland and Baltic states. The lower volumes are due to about 15% less plantings compared to last year. Laszlo Sandor, from BASF Vegetable…

Ive Lambert, Starfruit:

"Melon market escaping the misery that mires avocados and mangoes"

"Avocados and mangoes are having a tough season,' says Ive Lambert of the Belgian importing company, Starfruit. "There are large volumes on the market, making it difficult for both these products. The melon market, however, is quite empty, so prices remain good. That market is escaping the misery that…

Mourad Ben Salem, Med’Essor:

Difficult melon campaign

“This year is a disaster for the melon,” claims Mourad Ben Salem, of the Rungis-based company Med’Essor. “Last year, we had 10 pallets to an entire truck arriving each day, but this year, we get one pallet maximum on a good day.” Drought, decline in surface areas…Most of the producing regions are in decline this year. The Spanish…

Carlos Nemesio, Head of the Anecoop Watermelon Program:

"The demand for watermelons is high and there is little supply, so prices are high and there is tension"

The acreage devoted to melon and watermelon cultivation has been reduced in Spain this year; something that, together with the low yields per square meter due to the impact of excess rainy weather during the weeks of planting, flowering and fruit setting, has led to volumes being too low to meet the good…

"Nanhui 8424" and "Jinshan Xiaohuangguan" have become the preferred watermelon varieties for consumers

The first thing that Shanghai people must enjoy in the summer is watermelon. In the past, everyone would drive to the base to purchase. This year, due to the pandemic, they…

Pair of Hokkaido melons fetch 3 million yen at year's first auction

A pair of premium melons in Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido fetched 3 million yen ($23,550) at the year's first auction on Thursday, exceeding last year's winning bid by 10 percent. The auction record for a pair of Yubari melons, a signature product of the city of Yubari, was 5 million yen in…

Menu is Japanese pun-themed

Starbucks Japan brings new melon Frappuccino to its dessert menu

There’s a phrase in Japanese, yori dori midori, which describes a happy situation where you’ve got your pick from a number of attractive options. By coincidence, midori is also how you say “green” in Japanese, and so Starbucks Japan is combining the two possible meanings in its Yori Dori Midori campaign…

Harvest was delayed by ten days

An exceptional season for the melon of the Italian Mundial Consortium

"The season of our Mundial melon is running smoothly. Prices are high and stable, thanks to the unusual weather for the time of year. Initially this aspect worried us, but in the end the weather proved to be an ally," said Domenico Raneri, president of the Sicilian Consortium of the Mundial melon. Domenico…

Germany decreased its purchase of Spanish watermelon by 41 million kilos in the last three years

In 2021, Almeria, Murcia, and Valencia accounted for 84.55% of the total volume of watermelons exported by Spain

Spanish watermelon exports grew by 76.09 million kilos between 2019 and 2021, going from 920.52 million kilos in 2019 to 996.61 million kilos last year when they generated…

BASF completes its Magenta line with Magverik F1 and opens the door to organic Cantaloupes

Magestium F1, Magiar F1, and now Magverik F1. Magverik F1 is BASF's novelty in Cantaloupe melon and completes its Magenta line with an even more intense flesh color. BASF organized a field day in Balanegra, where it presented this variety to dozens of farmers and technicians who were able to see first…

Record prices for watermelon and melon in Almeria in mid-May

According to the latest report on protected horticultural products from the Observatory of Prices and Markets of the Government of Andalusia, corresponding to week 19, the…

To support sustainability in domestic apple industry

Canadian Government invests in innovative precision farming

Yesterday, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced an investment of up to $560,425 for Institut de recherche et de…

Orange yield and quality in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region also affected

Uttar Pradesh: Heat wave hits watermelon yield

The heat wave that has struck Uttar Pradesh has affected watermelon growers, as the crop yield has fallen and the weight of fruit is also less. Farmers from Prayagraj,…

Melons Australia announces seamless data flow in the traceability of seedless watermelons

Melons Australia has successfully demonstrated a pilot of how to overcome the hurdle of transferring data from whole fruit to cut pieces in the supermarket. The peak industry body says the project is aimed to maximise consumer engagement with the farmer while boosting confidence in the freshness and food…

"We focus on branding, and how to tell the brand story well"

"We started selling watermelons more than ten years ago. Our overall production volume reached about 30,000 ton per year. However, at the time we did not have our own brand. We had difficulty gaining a name for ourselves as there was no brand recognition. Afterwards we began to understand the importance…

Early melons are lacking, leading to skyrocketing prices

The situation is "tragic" when it comes to melons: production is very low and prices are skyrocketing. The early produce is severely lacking in Sicily and volumes are low in Spain as well. The whole of Europe is looking for melons, but they are difficult to find.  "I have never seen anything like it in the…

In week 18, melon prices at origin in Almeria were 60-70% higher than last year

As the melon campaign in Senegal, and other overseas origins end, Almeria's melon takes over the European markets

The overseas and Senegal's melon campaign is over and Almeria is taking over as the European markets' main source of production and supplier. This was reported by the Price…

Early watermelon imports increasingly popular in Georgia

There has been a rapid growth of Georgian watermelon imports in 2021. Last year, large early imports resulted in low prices for local producers. Over the past 8 years, imports…

The planting of melon and watermelon begins in Castilla-La Mancha with less surface area

The Melon and Watermelon Inter-branch organization of Castilla-La Mancha estimates that melon producers in the community, mainly in the province of Ciudad Real, have started…

Yam, pumpkin, brinjal, bottle gourd and watermelon.

Kerala government decides to fix Minimum Support Price for five more crops

The Kerala state government has decided to fix a Minimum Support Price (MSP) for five more crops in the state. The Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices recommended setting MSPs for yam, pumpkin, brinjal, bottle gourd, and watermelon. The department of agriculture has approved the recommendations…

Moroccan watermelons selling briskly in Sweden

Watermelons from Morocco are in demand and selling briskly in Sweden. Ramadan sales were very good driving strong early demand for watermelons. This is according to Yousef Kachama, owner of Malte Gustavsson Frukt & Bär based in Gothenburg, Sweden. “The quality of watermelons is now good. The sizes have been…

Ground-breaking multi-industry export program set to commence

Hort Innovation has recently contracted AUSVEG to deliver the industry export development program for the vegetable, onion and melon industries. The Multi-Industry Export…

Moroccan watermelon sales in the EU grew by 50.49% between 2019 and 2021

In 2021, EU Member States purchased 1,793.43 million kilos of watermelon, i.e. 3.9% more than in 2019. Spain is the country that sells the most watermelon to its community…

Jacob Aktalan, MG Fruit:

"The sunny weather means we don't have enough melons to meet demand"

"Melon sales of all kinds are going exceptionally well," says Jacob Aktalan of MG Fruit in the Netherlands. "The overseas season has also been very reasonable with relatively high prices and few real slumps. With this brilliant weather, we need both the last overseas and Spanish melons to supply the…

Lamboseeds presents Dolce Passione

Italian seedless watermelon with a black rind

Dolce Passione is the premium seedless watermelon with a black rind and a red flesh. It was officially presented at Macfrut on May 5th 2022, but market tests were carried out last year.   It is the fruit of team work that has seen Lamboseeds dealing with experiments and advanced research for 7 years, working with producers…

Launching North America's first commercially grown greenhouse melon

Greenhouse company Pure Flavor has launched a greenhouse-grown melon, which will be branded under the Solara name. “After many years of research and development, we are excited to bring the first commercially available greenhouse-grown melons to market,” said company president Jamie Moracci. While many…

Joaquin Hidalgo, General Manager of Grupo AGF Fashion: "There will be a shortage until mid-July"

"We started the Spanish watermelon campaign with much lower volumes than planned"

The watermelon season has started late in the Spanish province of Almeria, with lower volumes and quality problems caused by the impact of heavy rains and haze. The first Spanish watermelons harvested are arriving to a rather empty market due to the issues with the production in Senegal and the low…

Taiwan Tech mission conducts watermelon and apple melon variety trials in Saint Lucia

The Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) is continuing trials for new crop varieties in Saint Lucia. In April, the team highlighted the production of two watermelon varieties and a…

Thomas Bos (Thomasol):

"Precipitation, rising costs make for very challenging Spanish season"

Those seeking the Spanish sun during the May vacation this year will likely be sorely disappointed. "The weather's been terrible here again this week," says Thomas Bos, who moved from the Netherlands to Alicante in 2003. His company, Thomasol, has been directly linking buyers elsewhere in Europe with…

Rio Grande do Norte harvests 300,000 tons of melons

According to data from Abrafrutas, some 40% of Brazil’s fruit exports come from Rio Grande do Norte. The state is also a leader in melon production, only the 2021/2022 crop…

Thrip plague reduced Panamanian melon and watermelon campaign production by 15%

This has been a difficult year for Panamanian melon and watermelon exporters. Thrips have decimated Panama's fruit production for exports by 15%, which was already affected by…

In spite of the delay of a few days, the sweetness of the melon has increased this year

The new campaign of the Mundial melon has just started

"With a delay of about fifteen days, the melon campaign of the Mundial Group Consortium has started last week. As is known to the operators of the sector, it includes the exclusive use of the variety Red Falcon and not only," said Domenico Raneri, president of the commercial association which includes 8…

Pricing comes down again as watermelon supplies come up

Watermelon supplies are ample again. “After a slow start to spring crops in South Florida and Northern Mexico, the volume is coming online right now in a good way. The crops are healthy and yields are good so there’s been a major change in availability in the last week,” says Mike Martori of Stella Farms…

Charentais melon planting predictions for 2022 (medFEL): historic decrease in Spain

“Surface areas tend to decrease in all production basins”

The 2022 predictions for the planting of Charentais melons in Morocco, Spain and France were revealed during the first day of medFEL last week. A survey conducted by the Interprofessional Melon Association (AIM) among seed companies, technicians and other operators of the sector in each production basin.…

Asaja Almería

"The first stages of the watermelon campaign marked by 40% drop in production"

We are in the early stages of the spring campaign, which has so far been marked by a noteworthy decrease in the production of all horticultural crops. In the case of melons and watermelons, the impact has coincided with the key moment of the pollination, which marks the crop's subsequent setting and…

Sarwat Radwan, AKL Exofresh, about the first shipments

"Pleasing market position for early watermelons from Morocco"

Classic summer fruit is now gradually arriving on the market, including watermelons, which are currently imported mainly from Africa. The supply from Senegal is now slowly coming to an end, and batches from Mauritania are being offered to tide us over. "At the beginning of week 17, we then expect the…

First watermelon from Beijing Daxing Panggezhuang listed on the market

At the start of  April, Daxing Panggezhuang, the "hometown of watermelon in China", got a bumper harvest season, and the first watermelons of 2022 have been listed one after another. In the greenhouse of the Siji Yangkun Agricultural Park in Pangezhuang Town, it was seen that the rows of vines were already…

Mantuafruit to produce zero-residue melons and organic Perla Nera watermelons

The Italian season has started with the first harvesting operations in Sicily, although production is around ten days' late. Mantuafruit sales manager Alessio Orlandi discusses the situation: "we have not forced production, as we still had the melons grown by our Senegalese company. The first harvesting…

Javier Acedo, Agroponiente: "Watermelon production in Almería can be around 50% less"

First Spanish watermelons arrive on fairly empty European market

The first Spanish watermelons have started to arrive on fairly empty markets across Europe. This is according Jorge Reig from Agroponiente Grupo, a grower and exporter of watermelon and other fruits from Spain. The quality is good with several of their producer members ready to harvest and ship…

Henk Vlaeminck, Van Dijk Foods:

"With the beautiful weather, the demand for Spanish stone fruit and watermelons is growing"

The first volumes of Spanish stone fruit arrived at Van Dijk Foods about 3 weeks ago. "In the beginning, the demand for stone fruit was somewhat disappointing, but with the beautiful weather at the moment, there is also a lot of demand for the fruit", says Henk Vlaeminck of Van Dijk Foods. "Certain…

Afghan fruit traders vexed by high watermelons tariffs

As the economic crisis continues to worsen in Afghanistan, local traders have complained about high tariffs being imposed upon watermelons, imported from countries like Iran…

Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

The potential opportunities for Australian greenhouse-grown melons for export

Protected cropping can potentially provide a niche market supply of high-quality melons from North Queensland for export in the future, according to a senior Australian horticulturist. Dr Elio Jovicich from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) has been working on several projects…

The Melon and Watermelon Inter-branch organization of Castile-La Mancha calls for moderation in planting

"Prudence can be, at the moment, the region's producers' best ally"

The president of the Melon and Watermelon Inter-branch organization of Castile-La Mancha, Cristobal Jimenez, has made a call for moderation in the sowing now that the early…

Kashmir: Ramadan watermelon sales breaking all records

The Jammu and Kashmir region has been selling watermelons worth Rs 50 million (US $656,000) every day in the Kashmir valley during the month of Ramadan, breaking all records…

"We now have one of the few rare moments when there are not enough melons available in a greedy market"

Netherlands - "The melons are not touching the ground currently," says Leon van den Hombergh of Frankort & Koning. "It's the end of the season in the growing regions overseas,…

Brazilian fruit exports up 2% in volume in Q1 2022

In the first three months of the year, Brazil’s fruit exports registered a 2% increase in volume compared to the same period of the previous year. The total volume of fresh…

FreshPlaza's April Special is on Melons and Kiwifruit

FreshPlaza's April Special is on Melons and Kiwifruit. If you are a  supplier, grower or importer of melons or kiwifruit we would love to hear from you. You can contact us via info@freshplaza.com        MarketingWould you like to get some extra promotion for your company? Would you like your brand promoted on our daily newsletter or website during…

Yellow watermelons boost Panamanian exports to Europe and the US

The Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) said that Panama's watermelon exports to Europe and the US were increasing as the Potuga Fruit Company and Agro export Pacific…

Uzbekistan watermelon season to start later due to weather

One of the consequences of the March weather anomalies for melon growers was the later than usual planting of seedlings of early watermelon varieties in the southern regions…

Anecoop celebrates 30 year anniversary of the watermelon that changed consumption in Europe

At the recent edition of Fruit Logistica, Anecoop presented the commercial and promotional campaign of one of its flagship products: seedless watermelon. This campaign appeals to the values of the cooperative, which are projected in its brand Bouquet, with its main strategic axis being the defense of the…

Borja Herrera, of Difrusol:

"Almeria's first watermelon harvest will start in just two weeks"

With the start of April comes also the beginning of the Spanish melon and watermelon campaign. "The watermelon and melon growers in Almeria we work with already have…

Tight watermelon supplies should start to ease

Supplies of watermelon are very short right now. Daren Van Dyke of Brawley, CA-based Five Crowns notes that there are sizeable disease problems out of the Guaymas watermelon growing region. “The crop was down but then there were also disease problems,” he says. However, the Hermosillo growing region is just…


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