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UPDATE: Melons

March 18, 2015


Cantaloupe and honeydew prices remain elevated. The watermelon market is rising due to tight supplies. Warmer weather in parts of the U.S. is resulting in stronger demand. Prices will remain high for the next two weeks.


Cantaloupe and Honeydew

  • Offshore stocks have increased with the start of spring harvesting in Guatemala; prices remain elevated due to holiday retail advertisements and strong demand
    • West Coast stocks are still extremely limited
    • It’s estimated that port traffic will take three to four more weeks to return to normal
    • Some growers continue to divert containers to ports in Florida and Texas
  • Production is peaking on 12- to 15-count cantaloupe and 6- to 8-count honeydew melons due to cold temperatures in Guatemala and Honduras
  • Mexican honeydew production is slowly increasing; cantaloupe harvesting will start in early April
  • Domestic production will begin in the Imperial Valley of California as well as Central Arizona in early May



  • Mexican and offshore production is extremely limited; prices will remain high for the next two weeks
  • The season in Jalisco, Southern Mexico is ending early due to rain; spring production in the Northern regions of Sonora is one week away
  • The offshore season will finish by mid-April; growers will begin harvesting domestic stocks in Florida at that time


Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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