20-08-2020 The most important melon harvest in Brazil has started again this month. The increased rainfall in Rio Grande do Norte/Mossoró has provided fresh water in the wells in the run-up to this season, which of course was very welcome after a very long period of drought in the melon production area.
Melons are an important product group for Staay Food Group. All varieties are available all year round from Costa Rica, Spain and very soon from Brazil (Mossoró region). The weekend of 15/16 August the first Watermelons, Galia, Cantaloupe and YHD were shipped for Staay Food Group. Melon partner MATA FRESCA has once again specially packaged these in our well-known - Rainforest Alliance certified - own brand DULCE.
In about two weeks, the first volumes of these fresh melons will arrive at melon specialist Staay-Hispa in Papendrecht. Subsequently, supplier Grupo Real will also start shipping its melons under the private label NERO Premium. In cooperation with our partner Jimbofresh we also receive the Okashi and Lilililup melon from Brazil. In cooperation with our partner Jimbofresh we also receive the Okashi and Lilililup melon from Brazil.
Expansion of assortment
Taste, appearance and shelf life are distinguishing factors. We translate our customers' wishes back into the choice of the right varieties. We have a long-term relationship with both Brazilian growers, enabling us to ensure continuity in terms of quantity, quality, safety and sustainability. All our melons meet the highest certification and MRL requirements. The melons for Staay Food Group are therefore packaged exclusively from our own cultivation, nothing is sourced from third parties and traceability is fully guaranteed.
Due to the constant supply of melons and watermelons, we can, in principle, honour the programmes already agreed with European retailers throughout the season. Agreements have also been made for sufficient space on the weekly sailings of the shipping companies MSC and CMA-CGM. We must be able to rely on them to adequately fulfil the agreements made and to have full control over the logistics part of weekly trade sailings.
Covid-19 in Brazil
As a result of the situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic also in Brazil, this has led to a general decline in the area of melons and watermelons grown in the region. Many producers have opted for more cautious planting given the impact of the Corona crisis on the world economy. Our melon growers have therefore taken all possible preventive measures to prevent contamination. Both in the field, in the warehouse and in the office. We therefore hope that the European markets will respond positively to the measures taken everywhere to contain Covid-19.
Our growers are very positive about the quality of the melons and watermelons for this season, everything is growing and flowering properly. Together with our growers we have taken all possible steps to provide our customers with tasty melons again this year!