Cantaloupe and honeydew prices are rising. Fewer supplies will be on the market while offshore production (in Guatemala, Honduras, and Costa Rica) transitions to new spring regions. Mexican honeydew from the Northwest area of Sonora will increase over the next several weeks. Cantaloupe harvesting will start in early April. Limited stocks coupled with increased holiday demand will keep prices high for the
next two to three weeks.
Cantaloupe and Honeydew
• Offshore supplies are very limited, especially on the West Coast
o West Coast ports are fully operational, but it will take several weeks for traffic flow to return to normal
o Some suppliers continue to divert containers to ports in Florida and Texas
• Large-size melons will dominate new crop supplies
• Offshore volume will increase on the East Coast by the week of March 16 and the West Coast the following week
• Domestic production will start in the Imperial Valley of California as well as Central Arizona in early May
• Quality is very good: flavor is sweet (12 to 14 Brix)
• Offshore and Mexican production remains at low levels
• Quality is mixed, but offshore is superior
• Prices will remain high through the winter season
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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