Cantaloupe and honeydew prices are stabilizing. Offshore stocks are increasing on both coasts. Mexican supplies of honeydew and watermelon are limited, but will increase by mid-February.
Cantaloupe and Honeydew
- Offshore supplies of cantaloupe and honeydew are increasing from larger farms in Honduras
- Most offshore fruit is being shipped into Florida, with fewer stocks arriving in California and Texas
- Cold weather and rain slowed the season’s start and pushed up markets; prices will continue to ease as production increases
- Mexican honeydew will become more plentiful by mid-February; spring cantaloupe will be available in March
- The domestic season in the Arizona/California desert will start in early May
- Weather-related issues including scarring and discoloration will become less apparent; expect melons with sweet flavor and sugar levels ranging from 10 to 13 Brix
- Watermelon is increasing in Honduras; the majority of supplies are mini sizes, six- and nine-count with fewer large sizes
- Mexican volume was effected by rain and cold temperatures, but new regions will be harvested by mid-February
- High melon prices are typical during the winter season; unpredictable weather patterns will increase the likelihood of sporadic supplies
- Quality is improving; sugar levels range from 10 to 12 Brix
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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