At the moment, Rijk Zwaan is an important player in melons of the Cantaloupe type, an orange-fleshed melon, and yellow melons. The range of other types, such as galia and piel-de-sapo, is also expanding and in watermelons and rootstocks we have been active for many years as well. Rijk Zwaan recently launched its Caribbean concept, a distinguishing marketing concept with unique characteristics and several varieties. Because melons are transported over vast distances, shelf life is becoming an ever more important criterion. The Rijk Zwaan varieties combine this with a good flavour and excellent presentation and fruit quality. For the total taste experience, especially the Brix value is closely watched, as it represents the sugar content in a melon. Our selection work for growers concentrates on a good yield and disease resistance.