“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.”