Mango growers report ample supply, solid demand - The Packer

Mango growers report ample supply, solid demand

04/06/2009 12:00:00 AM
Ashley Bentley

If market conditions allow, Amazon Produce Network could double its volume on Guatemalan mangoes this year. Guatemala’s production is up about 10%, said Gilmar Mello, grower relations manager and partner.

In the last few years, it has been very advantageous to have Guatemalan fruit because freight costs from Mexico were so high, Golden said. Last year, it was an extra $1.35 a box, but is down to 95 cents a box this year, he said.

“A big advantage has been lost,” Golden said.

Ciruli Bros. markets the Champagne, a trademarked name for the ataulfo variety. The company doesn’t ship tommy atkins or haden at all, but ships late season kents and keitts in July and August, after it wraps up with ataulfo. About 95% of the company’s production is ataulfo.

Mango sizes are lining up pretty normal this year, peaking in the middle, but still yielding both large and small sizes.

“Sizing has been running a little ahead, peaking on 18s and 16s this year, mid-sized fruit,” Ciruli said. “So the fruit has good size this year.”

Other years, crops have peaked on smaller sizes, which is not nearly as good, Loza said. This year is ideal for Freska Produce.

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