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Following an industry vote that narrowly approved frozen mangoes to be included in National Mango Board programs, the board is seeking members to represent the frozen fruit.

The board has three positions open for frozen mango participation, with three-year terms starting in 2020, according to a news release. There are slots for two importers and one processor of frozen mangoes.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture gives the final approval for board members, but companies who import frozen mangoes will vote on two choices for each open position. For the processor nominations, foreign processors will choose the two candidates for the USDA to consider for the position, according to the release.

“Board members dedicate themselves to the NMB mission to increase consumption of mangos in the U.S. through innovative research and promotional activities, while also fostering a thriving industry,” according to the release. “Board members work closely with the NMB staff to carry out marketing, research and communications programs to benefit the mango industry.”

The USDA reported in July that 52.5% of first handlers and importers of fresh and frozen mangoes voted in favor of adding frozen mangoes to the board’s promotion and research mission.

Members of the frozen mango industry can find more details and application forms for serving on the board at mango.org/nominations. Nominations are due by Sept. 20. Questions about the process should contact Anna Deschamps-Polonia at [email protected] or 407-629-7318, ext. 112.

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