The National Mango Board is encouraging marketers of the fruit to participate in ripening programs,
In advance of a pilot research program scheduled to explore a ripe/ready-to-eat mango program, the Orlando, Fla.-based board sponsored a workshop in November. The workshop featured marketers and ripening specialists to show board members how ripening programs can help increase movement, according to a news release.
Gary Campisi, senior director of quality control for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville, Ark., Dennis Kihlstadius, owner of Produce Technical Service, and Dave Howald, a merchandiser and avocado ripening specialist for the California Avocado Commission, detailed opportunities that ripening provides to improve postharvest processes and increase mango quality.
The board approved the research project at the November meeting. The objective is to determine the effect on mango consumption and to assess the feasibility of a ripe program, according to the release.