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.