While the likelihood of a mango purchase slipped two percentage points from Fresh Trends 2012, this tropical fruit is slowly gaining ground. Four years ago only 19% of shoppers said they purchased mangoes, while this year 27% said the same.
As the spring mango season approached, shipments of the ataulfo variety out of Mexico were expected to climb more gradually than in some recent years.
Anthony Formusa, president of Toronto-based broker/importer National Produce Marketing Inc., believes his Mariposa line of organic kent mangoes from Peru has huge potential for growth.
The National Mango Board is seeking nominees to become board members.
A Texas-based affiliate of Vision Produce Co. has closed.
The second annual Mango Food Safety Conference is set for March 6 in Philadelphia.More Packer Stories for Mangoes
Market Scope - Mangoes — F.o.b.s as of Feb. 24
ECUADOR AND PERU — Imports (38-69*-58) — Imports via boat. Movement expected remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Flat one-layer kent 7-12s $6.50-7. Port of entry: Philadelphia. Trading moderate. Prices slightly lower. Flat one-layer kent 7-12s mostly $7.50. Port of entry: Southern California. Trading moderate. Prices 10-12s lower; others generally unchanged. Flat one-layer kent 7-9s mostly $6.50, 10-12s mostly $6.50-7. Quality good. *revised.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (1-14-28) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading haden fairly slow, ataulfo moderate. Prices flats one-layer haden 6s $8, 7-10s mostly $8, 12s $7.50, 14s mostly $7-7.25; ataulfo 12s mostly $10-11, 14s mostly $9.50-10.50, 16s mostly $8.50-9.50, 18s mostly $8.50, 20s mostly $7.50-8, 22-24s mostly $7-7.50. Quality variable.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (3-5-12) — Movement expected to increase. Supplies in too few hands to establish a market. Quality variable. The first f.o.b. report was expected to be issued by Feb. 28.