PORT MANATEE RECEIVES FIRST DEL MONTE VESSEL OF MELON SEASON
Port Manatee, Fla., said Del Monte’s 'Toledo Carrier,' arrived at the port loaded with 1,700 tons of fresh watermelons and cantaloupes from Guatemala.
The load kicks off “what is expected to be a very busy Central American melon season,” a port spokesman said.
During the six-month melon season, Del Monte brings as many as three ships a week to Port Manatee from Guatemala and Coast Rica.
Del Monte and Port Manatee recently signed a five-year agreement that provides volume incentives for Del Monte to increase its shipments.