Mangoes are growing in popularity, but there is still a lot of room for expansion, according to suppliers.
“Mangoes are considered the most popular fruit in the world ... they are increasing through more education and by being more readily available,” said Wade Shiba, managing partner in GM Produce Sales LLC, Hidalgo, Texas.
Ronnie Cohen, vice president of sales for Vision Import Group, River Edge, N.J., sees this position as potential for growth in the U.S. market.
“Mangoes are the largest consumer fruit in the world, just not in this country, so the market share to be had is tremendous,” he said.
Greg Golden, a partner and sales manager at Amazon Produce Network, Mullica Hill, N.J., said he expects supplies to increase with demand for this year.
“With overall acreage and productivity of mango farms increasing across all our growing regions, I would expect supply to keep up with demand and keep prices similar to this past year,” he said.
Golden said Peru should have much higher volume compared with last year’s numbers, with Mexico also seeing a significant increase in volume this year with yellow varieties at the top for the first time.
He said he expects Guatemala volume to be normal, although delayed a couple weeks.
Sandra Aguilar, marketing manager for Ciruli Bros. LLC, Nogales, Ariz., confirms the forecast of an increase from Mexico.
“The season looks to be starting slow out of Chiapas and Oaxaca, but we expect an increase in production in the northern crops at the end of May and peaking in June,” Aguilar said.
Shiba said Peru had shipped almost 2.5 million boxes of mangoes into the U.S. as of the beginning of March, a much higher number than last year.
“Based on the figures I’ve seen so far, the main producing country right now is Peru,” he said.
Green and yellow varieties are becoming more popular, according to the National Mango Board.
“For the first time the ataulfo variety is tied with the tommy atkins as the most imported variety from Mexico,” said Megan McKenna, director of marketing for the mango board.
The ataulfo and tommy atkins varieties each make up 34% of the supply, with kents coming in second at 17%, according to McKenna.
“This is a trend I only see continuing,” she said.