Volumes of mangoes imported into North America is steady right now.
With information from FreshPlaza
A good volume in mangoes is coming from Peru and Ecuador with about five to six loads per week, according to an important distributor and commercializator in Texas. “Supply is higher compared to last year. During these same dates last year, we were almost done with the season. This year, we’re planning to receive more mangoes in the coming two to three weeks.”
Other distributors from California explains that the two countries of origin for mango right now —Peru and Ecuador— did overlap somewhat this year. This means that Ecuador’s volume might be declining while Peru’s will be increasing a lot, although sizes this year are expected to be smaller which may have an impact decreasing prices on small fruit. “There are plenty of mangoes at the moment. There seem to be a few more this year.” says California’s distributor’s spokeperson.
Mangoes Market Opportunities
While Texas’ importers notes that demand is strong from Asian and Latin American markets, they estimate that demand will be coming from both fresh cut and retailers, stating that “fresh cut will continue to grow, with retailers making bigger displays and promoting fresh-cut mangoes.”
As for pricing, forecast is they will remain steady. “The larger fruit was holding well but Ecuador sized up and the market dropped a bit, but Peru will have a lot of 10/12 ct so there will be pretty good promotional pricing from Peru. Last year’s pricing was a bit higher out of Ecuador and Peru maintained very good pricing last season.”
The challenge with tropicals
Although both distributors believe that it’s a demanding time of year to work with tropicals, Winter presents a challenge for some varieties of Mango. However, it will be an excellent season this year and for next year and the actual challenges will be to maintain high quality standards and to stay in rotation, keeping the fruit moving so it doesn’t get ripe on you, especially during slow weeks.