While Israeli Galia melon production programmes are estimated to be 15% lighter than last year's, Agrexco has confirmed that the UK will not suffer from the shortage because of its importance as an export market. Supplies will be available until the end of December, with continuity assured by planting in different climatic regions. Fruit will be hot water and wax treated ­ known as the Eden system ­ which eliminates pesticides. Yoram Sella, product manger based in Tel Aviv, added that sugar levels andl shelf life were looking good, and there were now plans to develop new varieties. Agrexco is already shipping Charentais, expected to be available until the end of this month. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}