Marketers expect mango volumes similar to last year

08/31/2012 10:55:00 AM
Tom Burfield

The Orlando, Fla.-based National Mango Board expects overall U.S. mango imports this fall to be similar to last year’s, said Megan McKenna, director of marketing.

Fall mangoes are produced primarily in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. Major varieties are tommy atkins, keitt and some ataulfo.

“It is still too early to forecast the Ecuadorian crop with confidence,” McKenna said in mid-August. 

“Weather is certainly impacting mangoes, as they have seen higher temperatures than normal during the past weeks, and this adds a level of uncertainty to the flowering stage.”

As a result, there could be a delay in the start of the season, with shipments from October to mid-January.

“At this point, Peru looks like it will be a long season — late November to late March — with normal volume,” she said.

Volume from Brazil should be about 6 million boxes, which is typical, said Clark Golden, partner in Amazon Produce Network, Mullica Hill, N.J.

Brazilian shipments got started a bit earlier than usual, Golden said.

Mangoes typically start arriving in the U.S. around Aug. 15, but this year, he said, 20 loads had arrived before that date.

He expects Amazon Produce Network to have about 2.2 million boxes of Brazilian mangoes, as usual.

“Everything is starting off right this year,” he said, with no rain at inopportune times and with fruit coming in clean, hard and with good color.

The peak of the Brazilian season is late September and early October, he said, with some growers shipping until early November.

Tommy atkins is the most prevalent variety, but the company expects to have a small ataulfo deal in October.

Southern Specialties Inc., Pompano Beach, Fla., plans to have a Brazilian mango deal from September until Christmas, said Charlie Eagle, vice president of business development.

Oxnard, Calif.-based Freska Produce International LLC expects a normal crop of tommy atkins and ataulfos from Brazil this season., said managing member and co-founder Gary Clevenger.

The ataulfo deal seems to be expanding every year, he said.

Splendid Products LLC, Burlingame, Calif., will have a light Brazilian mango program from early September until its Ecuador program starts in mid-October, said Larry Nienkerk, partner and general manager.

The company ships tommy atkins from Brazil and kicks off its shipments from Ecuador with that same variety along with the haden variety and then works into some kents, he said.

“The fruit that has come in (from Brazil) is of good quality,” he said in mid-August, and he also expects good quality from Ecuador, which will ship until the end of January.


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