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.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has green-lighted imports of Jamaican mangoes.
Produce industry veteran Albert Ramirez has joined New Limeco LLC as director of sales.
Maersk Container Industry AS is helping Ivory Coast mango growers export higher-quality fruit.
Produce suppliers are quick to credit the success of mainstream items like bananas, pineapples and avocados for having driven tropical fruit sales in recent years. However, the category as a whole is showing gains, according to data from the Produce Marketing Association.
Retailers who limit their tropical selections are leaving money on the table needlessly, said Karen Caplan, CEO of Los Alamitos, Calif.-based Frieda’s Inc.More Packer Stories for Mangoes
Market Scope - Mangoes — F.o.b.s as of Sept. 22
BRAZIL — Imports (25-23-8) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to increase. Port of entry: Philadelphia. Trading active. Prices 14s higher; others generally unchanged. Flat one-layer tommy atkins 7-8s mostly $9.50, 9-12s mostly $9.50-10, 14s mostly $8.50-9. Quality generally good.