Organic Alliance starts mango shipments - The Packer

Organic Alliance starts mango shipments

03/19/2013 11:32:00 AM
Mike Hornick

Organic Alliance Inc. shipped its first container load of organic tommy atkins and ataulfo mangos from Mexico in the second week of March.

Salinas, Calif.-based Organic Alliance received organic certification on its leased mango orchards in February and is pursuing Fair Trade certification as well, according to a news release.

The company offers a variety of organic and Fair Trade certified fruits and vegetables.

Organic Alliance expects to pack and ship about 1,200 metric tons of organic mangoes through September, valued at a projected $1.8 million, according to the release.

“We are now in a position to work hands-on during pre-harvest and control the flow from the field to the packinghouse of our company owned product,” Parker Booth, chief executive officer, said in the release.

“This ... will have a dramatic effect toward the reduction in costs due to having long-term orchard leases, while enabling us to manage specification and volume demands with our customers most effectively,” Chris White, chief development officer, said in the release.

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Armando Riley    
Miami, Florida  |  March, 20, 2013 at 02:25 PM

As a US citizen consumer in the states how do we know for sure if the mangoes are not hot water treated, irrigated, free from pesticides if grown in mexico and inspected by border officials or USDA inspectors? we need to know the origin of the farms & where they are grown, not just the packing plant or facility in Salinis, California. I want to know what safe guards--inspections are made mostly in mexico before entering the states. Please reply at my e-mail address above Armando

Jose Colon    
El Centro  |  April, 09, 2013 at 02:27 PM

There is almost no chance the mangoes are truly Organic. It is going to depend on the definition of "Organic" and that varies everywhere. With the water,pest and fruit fly problems in Mexico I would avoid...

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