Francescon increases production of smooth melon and black pearl watermelon
Don Camillo increases size of seedless Camilla watermelon
Don Camillo guarantees a 10-month melon season and has increased the size of its seedless watermelons. “This year, our melon season started in the last week of February with our Honduras production and will continue until the end of November. Our production includes a range of smooth melon varieties for which we have exclusive rights. We’ve had positive consumer feedback. In addition, we will increase from 4 kg to 8 kg the size of Camilla, our seedless watermelon of the Tiger type. This is to meet consumer demand for medium-sized fruits," said the firm’s president, Ettore Cagna.
Campidanese presents Eleonora - the new seedless and very sweet watermelon
With its brand L'Orto di Eleonora, Campidanese has combined the success of the Corallo melon with Eleonora, the innovative seedless watermelon. “Eleonora is our seedless watermelon with a long shelf life. Its high level of sweetness is produced by the Sardinian soils in which it is grown. Sizes range from 4 kg to 8 kg, depending on the customer or the season. Meanwhile, Corallo is enjoying great success among consumers. Our super-sweet melon which won the 2019 Macfrut Award immediately took off thanks to its reduced size of between 1.8 kg and 2 kg.
La California expands melon production in Peru
La California has continued to develop its melon production project in Peru. “For the third year, we are continuing tests in Peru on 5 hectares of Saporito melons. The results are very good thanks to the climate and the suitable soil that prevent fungus formation. With this production, we plan to cover the calendar window not covered by Brazilian melons, which generally last up to February. So these melons from Peru will be supplied from March to April, at which point they will be joined by Spanish and Italian fruit in May and June," said general manager, Giuseppe Galluccio.
Innovations in Melon: Syngenta Extended Shelf Life Varieties
In recent years, the melon market has become more interested in extended shelf life (ESL) melons. To meet grower and retail demands, Syngenta developed several ESL melon varieties. Syngenta’s ESL varieties are earlier and easier to harvest at their prime than standard long shelf life (LSL) varieties. In addition, ESL varieties also have a better flavor profile, making them more marketable for retail and satisfying to the consumer.
Good Moroccan melon crop expected
Morocco’s 2019 melon crop is expected to be large and with good quality, despite a slight dip in surface area in Dakhla and late plantations, according to Medfel data. The harvest in this region is from late February to late April. Meanwhile, in Marrakech, the surfaces are stable but the proportion of crops grown in greenhouses is increasing at the expense of full field. Unlike last year, no delays are expected, with the first greenhouse crops around March 20th.
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PGI sought for Anguria Reggiana watermelon
The characteristic that makes Italy’s Anguria Reggiana watermelon stand out is the particularly sweet flavour of the pulp, linked to its sugar content.
The application for a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) for the watermelon, published by the European Commission earlier this month, says this is thanks to a Brix value of more than 11 in the case of the Ashai Mijako type, and 12 in the case of the Crimson and Sentinel types.
Francescon boosts the season from February until well into October
Founded in 1968 in Rodigo, Mantua, Francescon is Italy’s largest melon producer organisation, the undisputed national leader, and yet it is still able to keep its management structure strictly within the family. Francescon’s farms are mostly located in and around Mantua, but also in Agrigento, Sicily, and for the past three years in Senegal too, from where it sources its melons for the winter season.