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Desert Cantaloupe Shipments Underway; Imported Clementines are Starting

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DSCN5232Cantaloupe shipments are shifting from Mexico to California and Arizona, while South American clementines will be arriving at US ports soon.

Desert cantaloupe shipments started in late April from Brawley, Calif.,  and from Yuma, Ariz. the first week of May.  There also should be more loading opportunities with melons this season due to increased acreage and higher yields.

Yuma cantaloupe shipments have gotten one of its earliest starts, by 10 days to two weeks.   A typical start date in recent years has been closer to May 20-25.  Cantaloupe shipments from both from Yuma and Brawley should continue into late June.

Cantaloupe shipments from the Maricopa, AZ area are expected to kick off around May 18 and while the Westside district in the San Joaquin Valley of California should start around the 4th of July.

Imperial Valley cantaloupes and Coachella Valley vegetables and grapes – grossing about $4600 to Chicago.

Chilean Clementine Imports

The Chilean citrus industry has kicked off with the year’s first shipment of clementines to the U.S. market.  Exports began recently with the shipping of about 170 tons aboard the ship MSC Federica from Valparaiso.  Six containers are headed to the port of Philadelphia, and two containers are destined for Long Beach.  The first Chilean clementines will reach the U.S. market any day now.

Chile starts harvesting clementines in northern Chile in late April, and then continues moving south, with late-season Mandarins harvested into September.  Chile’s total clementine volume has grown by 50 percent between 2010 and 2014, with more than 50 percent of U.S. easy peeler imports between May and October coming from Chile.

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