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February 2016

Malaysian seedless watermelons – Dubai’s favourite

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Rush Group is doing great business in Dubai with Malaysian seedless watermelon, because it’s…seedless.

Most of the watermelons imported from neighbouring countries are not seedless and the Rush Group’s Malaysian price sits somewhere in between the premium air-flown Australian watermelon and the cheaper ones from India, so it is easy to see why Rush’s Malaysian watermelons are proving so popular.

Rush Group’s Malaysian office has been shipping the seedless variety to Dubai for the past 8 months. Demand is at the highest during the summer months and especially during the month of Ramadan.

The fruit size varies from 5kg to 10kg per piece, and are packed in 2 pieces per carton.
They are round shaped with light and dark green striped rind.

Want to know how seedless watermelons came about?

The triploid or seedless watermelons are developed by creating watermelon plants with double the usual chromosome number and crossing them with normal watermelon plants. The resulting plants have one-and-a-half times the normal chromosome number.
Because they have an odd number of chromosomes, they cannot form viable seed. In addition, they produce very little pollen; therefore, normal watermelon must be inter-planted with triploid watermelon as a source of pollen. Although triploid watermelons are referred to as seedless, they are not truly seedless but rather have undeveloped seeds that are soft and edible and therefore should command a premium in the marketplace.

If you are looking for a reliable supply of Malayasian seedless watermelons delivered at the right price and at the right time, contact Rush Group’s Asia-Pacific office today.

Spiralizing Butternut Squash

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The spiralizer has descended upon Rush Group. This latest trend was invented in Japan, and is a razor-sharp cutting device that creates thin ribbons of vegetable which are perfect as a healthy alternative to pasta.

Butternut squash, one of the Group’s most popular products has just become even more popular thanks to a new client’s requirement for butternut squash for spiralizing on an industrial level.

As with most processing butternut squash, the requirement is for large size, so Rush Group is supplying this account with 1kg +. However as the northern hemisphere season is almost over and the southern is about to start, there could be a tendency towards dehydration, which is particularly problematic when it comes to spiralizing these vegetables. To ensure there is only a small percentage of butternut squash suffering from dehydration, an unavoidable likelihood at this time of year, Rush Group is performing cut tests on each shipment.

Asked why he thinks this new client is coming to Rush Group for their butternut squash, Sam Crocker explains: “ Apart from the fact that we are more competitive, I think it is because of our product knowledge. This is a very tricky time of the year for keeping up a regular and reliable supply of butternut squash, as the Northern hemisphere is finishing and the Southern hemisphere is starting, and without a supply programme in place, customers could easily find themselves short. So I am currently working with our client to ensure a seamless transition between hemispheres and a constant supply thereafter – for which they are grateful.”

If you are looking for a reliable supply of butternut squash, especially at this time of change, please contact Sam Crocker today.

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Stored potatoes in Europe, the second half of the season

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Rush Group’s employees in Eastern Europe are reporting that demand for stored potatoes in countries such as Poland, Slovakia and Hungary is accelerating at the moment, as the quality of these countries’ stored potatoes is deteriorating. Nothing strange about that – this usually happens at this time of the year.

Normally this shortfall would be filled with potatoes from France, Belgium or Holland, but this may not be the case this year. Potato farmers in these countries planted (in 2015) a smaller area of potatoes for packing, in reaction to last year’s bumper crop, so yields of tableware potatoes are much lower through this storage season.

So is there going to be a shortage and are prices going to be higher?

Murray Hogge comments: “It’s difficult to say at the moment, it all depends on how long farmers in Western Europe hold back stock in the hope of getting higher prices. French farmers in particular are sitting on substantial quantities of the types of top quality potatoes that are demanded by the packers, but if they hold out too long or even push prices too high, our clients in Eastern Europe may be forced to seek supply from further afield. We are already meeting some of this demand with packing potatoes from the UK. ”