Brazil may drastically limit mango exports to U.S.

08/26/2008 12:00:00 AM
Abraham Mahshie

“If we can average $8, that’s a decent deal. They’ll make money,” Burnette said. “If the deal goes below $7, they’re not going to do very well.”

Importers expect boxes from Brazil to go for $8-8.50. Some sources are even foregoing shipments to the West Coast, which could push per-box costs to around $10.

With all the uncertainty regarding volume and price, sources confirm one point: Brazilian tommy atkins mangoes are top-notch.

“Even though they’re on the water for a long time, they come in looking really nice,” Skogstad said. “I don’t think the average consumer is aware of the amount of time that they’re on the water. I don’t think you can tell it from looking at the fruit.”


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