Marketers expect mango volumes similar to last year

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

A Peruvian deal will start in mid-December.

San Diego-based Coast Citrus Distributors Inc. has shipped mangoes year-round for many years, said Isabel Freeland, vice president.

The company was finishing its Los Mochis deal out of Mexico in mid-August and expects to see volume increasing out of Brazil in early September.

Coast Citrus should have consistent volume of tommy atkins and ataulfo varieties from Brazil through October, Freeland said.

Central American Produce Inc., Pompano Beach, Fla., is increasing its volume to meet higher demand, said president Michael Warren.

The company’s Brazilian mango program kicked off with good quality and volume this summer and will move to Ecuador in October to help supply the firm’s year-round mango program.

Amazon Produce Network offers some organic mangoes, Golden said. But relatively high prices seem to be preventing consumers from snatching them up.

“They always have too much volume in organic,” Golden said, so sometimes the only way to move them is to lower the price or market them as conventional fruit.

Overall, the mango category continues to look promising, Cleavenger said.

Consumption in the U.S. has doubled over the past five years, he said, and there still is plenty of room for growth.

Volume from every country is on the rise, and f.o.b. volumes are rising, as well, he said.


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