Miller said his company has imported from Peru for about four years now and is pleased with the partnership.
“They are learning what we expect as far as quality is concerned,” he said.
Mark Hanks, vice president of North American sales and marketing for DNE World Fruit LLC, Fort Pierce, Fla., said he’s seen that more companies are working with Peru for citrus.
“It’s been fairly consistent in volumes, not a radical increase, but we’re seeing more of the mandarins as they come into production there.”
Hanks said DNE hopes to get more involved in the Peruvian deal in the future.
Yunta said logistics can be a challenge in the expanding market.
“It takes approximately 17-20 days, depending, but we are looking to improve and provide better options,” she said.
“Any options you can give for logistics are always good.”
She said companies work to improve transportation ease and speed.
“Carriers are always looking to have more options and faster transit to the U.S.”