Brazilian Melon Season Starts

Brazilian Melon Season Starts

In Brazil, growers are harvesting melons, a development that comes after a welcome return of the rains. 
The Brazilian melons are already reaching European markets. Dutch produce wholesaler Staay Food Group is importing watermelons, Galia, and cantaloupe, notably from the Brazilian region of Mossoró. 
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Key Partnerships
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Staay Food Group is partnering with Mata Fresca, who package the melons in Staay’s own DULCE brand. 
The melons are Rainforest Alliance | Learn more on Commonshare |-certified, too. 
The first shipments of these melons should arrive in The Netherlands in about a fortnight, to be received by Staay-Hispa. Another supplier, Grupo Real, will start shipping thereafter under the NERO Premium house brand.
Aad van der Kleij, Commercial Manager at Staay-Hispa, explained that the company “can offer melons in bins from our fixed assortment. These are Piel de Sapo and mini-watermelons, as well as watermelons.” 
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Covid-19 in Brazil
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Brazil has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic | Learn more on Commonshare | along with the rest of the world, and it has had a negative impact on the regional melon sector. Many producers chose to plant cautiously, unsurprising in light of the global economic downturn. 
Aad said that the melon farmers “took all possible preventative measures to prevent contamination. Not only in the fields, but in the warehouses and offices too.”
Despite all that 2020 has brought, Aad explains that the growers “are optimistic about this season’s melons and watermelons’ quality.” 
 
 

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