Thursday, June 30, 2011


Mango thieves striking in Fort Myers
Posted: Jun 30, 2011 1:28 PM PDTUpdated: Jun 30, 2011 3:11 PM PDT


Stealing fruit from people's yards is growing in popularity now that we're entering prime mango season. And for some homeowners, it's come to the point of posting "no trespassing" signs to keep them away.
It may be growing on private property, but some with an appetite for mangos think they are free for the picking.

Jo Tometich says about 50 of them were stolen from her tree on Kasamata Drive in Fort Myers.

"We went to dinner. I had just mowed the yard, so I know the mangos were here. And I guess they thought they were mature, but they're not," she said.

Tometich says a neighbor of hers spotted a man and two kids parked outside her house in a truck taking some of the mangos. She then shooed them away.

Tometich's tree has been picked so many times, the Lee County Sheriff's Office urged her to put up "no trespassing" signs. Thieves stole them!

"I'd rather give them to my friends and family, but not those who just come and steal it," Tometich said.

Tometich's fruit is not the only target. Around the corner on Aqua Lane – it's the same story.

"There's been one or two instances where my mom said, 'Oh my God, there's someone trying to steal our mangos again!'" homeowner Olivia Chavoen said.

Although for the Chavoen family, warning signs like Tometich's are not all that necessary.

"I guess being right on McGregor pretty much is enough to keep people out of our yard," she said.

And both say if the crooks had knocked on the door, they may have just handed over the fruit for free.

By Leigh Dana


Mango varieties abound at grove

Fairchild Farm grows close to 550 varieties of mango, many of which will be available for tasting at an upcoming mango festival.



Tropical fruit curator Richard Campbell easily plucks a ripe mango from its branch at the Fairchild Farm mango grove.

The fruit, a Florida variety called Cogshall, is a spectacular blend of yellow and red, slicing as smooth as butter under Campbell’s pocketknife as the pulp separates into elegant cubes.

“Noris is going to tell you this mango is too tart, but I’m going to tell you this is how a mango should taste,” Campbell says as he serves a sample.

The flavor, sweet but with a recognizable citrusy tartness, is too much for Noris Ledesma, Campbell’s partner and fellow curator for 11 years, who prefers her mangoes “as sweet as sugar cane.”

The Fairchild Farm grows close to an incredible 550 different cultivars of mango, around 50 of which will be available for tasting at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s 19th annual International Mango Festival, July 9 and 10. In preparation for the big event, Ledesma and Campbell have been handpicking thousands of mangoes, each variety with its own particular essence and flavor.

Hundreds of mango trees flourish at the Fairchild Farm grove, with colors changing from deep purple on one tree to a pale orange on the next, and nationalities ranging from as far away as Israel, South Africa and India. Big, small, oblong, round, sweet, tart, smooth, or fibrous, the farm has a variety for every palate.

Nowhere (pERHAPS iNDIA & tHE pHILIPPINES AS WELL ) else in the world could you find this diversity of mango cultivars, the two experts said. 

Through the festival, the Fairchild Farm tropical fruit team plans to use its research and knowledge of the fruit to help educate growers on what the future of the mango industry will bring. 

According to Ledesma, the answer is far from simple.

“Growers are coming to the festival and want to know what mangoes they should be growing, but the answer is different for everyone because while one mango might work well in Florida, it won’t work in Mexico or Hawaii,” Ledesma said. “Our collection focuses on diversity so we can best determine what varieties will be most productive, resilient and flavorful in the future.”

A growing knowledge of mango cultivation will also lead to an improved local market for South Florida consumers based on new varieties and growing techniques. Currently, local supermarkets import their mangos from countries like Mexico, sacrificing quality for affordability and expediency.

Campbell hopes to see a “boutique market” in the future of South Florida, where consumers can buy locally grown fruits that are not only tastier, but also grown without the use of chemicals and insecticides.

“The changeover is occurring from the idea that you grow a mango, take it to a packing shed then ship it to a grocery store, to a more upscale, high-quality fruit that the educated mango consumer will appreciate,” Campbell said.

South Florida is uniquely adapted to an early mango cultivation season. The cold temperatures early in the year induce the trees to bloom and the fruits to ripen before hurricane season, lessening the risk of disease and thus the need for chemicals. This year’s mango season was especially abundant, with cold temperatures causing an early bloom and dry weather conditions allowing for clean, healthy mangoes.

“In terms of quality, you’re better off buying mangoes off the street than at the store,” Campbell said. “Someday, we’d like to see local supermarkets allowing more space for the local mango industry, possibly dedicating the months of May through August for local mangoes.”

The mango holds a special place in the hearts of many South Florida residents, and according to Ledesma, the festival is a chance for locals to indulge in a fruit that not only tastes great, but also brings back memories of homelands left long ago.

“Mangoes are memories,” Ledesma said. “When locals come to the festival and try our mangoes, they want to find that specific one that makes them remember what it was like to be 5 years old and eating a mango in grandma’s kitchen.”

Ledesma, a native of Colombia, finds a variety from her childhood on one of the trees at the grove and eats it in the way she remembers, slicing off a piece from the top, using her fingers to gingerly soften the fruit, then proceeding to suck the pulp of the mango through the hole and into her mouth, ignoring the sticky juice that runs down her hands and onto her clothing.

“The best way to eat a mango is to get messy.”

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By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Vista, California

June 30, 2011

As we close out the first half of 2011, a little reflection is in order.

Running a blog the scale of the IMO BLOG, has required a paradigm shift.

18 to 20 hour days have become the norm.

Over 2,000 man hours have gone into scouring the net using all of the amazing technology available today that allows one man to operate like a 24 hour news service.

Over two thousand articles have been posted to the BLOG since the 14th of March.

Subjects have covered the Global Economy to the Climate change down to issues that directly affect the mango production through the market place.

A few frivolous pieces to show what man can do when we collectively put our minds to things.

The author has tried to set the IMO BLOG based on SCIENCE rather than emotion.

The pursuit of science for a non scientific mind has been an amazing exercise.

The magazine of choice is scientific american, with its full range of articles that address the world we live in.

One of the most hopeful discoveries has been Dr. James Lovelock (a name that even Ian Fleming couldn't make up).

Dr. Lovelock has been on the cutting edge of climate change and more importantly, he has solutions.

That is after all what we (mankind) need at this juncture.

Like it or not, Climate change is here to stay and this year more than any other has proven it to the mango community.

Crops in Chiapas are on the verge of collapse. India has seen productivity lower than anytime. The lack of rain in Sinaloa coming on the heels of a frost that wiped out the manila crop, means that the USA market is flooded with small count fruit.

The study of soil nutrition, has led the IMO to believe that there is a remedy.

While flooding has washed out nutrients from the soil, mango farmers have done very little to replenish the soil.

Conversations with Michael Kraidy on the importance of Calcium in the soil have convinced the IMO that there is hope.

More organic matter must be incorporated into the soils of mango groves. Along with the organic matter, mango farmers must create biospheres to regenerate and protect the mango groves and the surrounding environment.

Gone are the days of "Stress Farming"...models that depleted the trees and the soil at the short term vision of one more crop.

It is time for the mango industry to invest in itself at the source. The groves and the communities. The people and the infrastructure.

The new Climate reality means that flooding will be the new norm. El Niño / La Niña floods will have to be diverted to reservoirs, infrastructure will have to build roads that do not wash out every couple of years. Farms will have to be set up to operate in much more adverse conditions.

It is time for a paradigm shift.

A look at the USA weather this summer shows how Floods in the mid west and Drought / fires in the South west could be addressed.

If the Romans could build amazing aqueducts thousands of years ago, why on earth can't we build a massive system of water transfer around the USA to get the surplus to the shortage???

This same model will be required around the world. From China to India to Brazil and Peru, countries must address the new water reality.

Mango trees are so much more than fruit machines.

The tree has one of the most productive root structures that build water sheds as we have seen in India with Anna Harare's work in rehabilitating lost farming communities.

The Philippines has one of the most productive seedling operations in the world. This model must be replicated around the world.

We must promote regeneration and it must be done by following (Listening to) Mother Natures example.

Biochar can help reduce the carbon footprint. 

We do not have to accept nor become victim to the new weather reality.

It is time to coordinate the tremendous efforts that the IMO BLOG has illuminated in the past four months.

The concept of the IMO is more pertinent than ever before.

Rather than tax mango community, the IMO has worked to cooperate with major funds around the world.

Not the $4,000,000 dollar pittance that the NMB fritters away every year.

The IMO has made serious proposals to the NMB on how to correct glaring problems.

Perhaps the September meeting in La Quinta, California will afford the mango industry an opportunity to address and seriously discuss solutions:

* The age old issue of Hot water treatment must be responsibly addressed.

* Food safety and the benefits of irradiation must be treated in a much more responsible manner than the reports that have been funded by the NMB.

* Grades and Standards that are upheld and understood by the entire mango supply chain.

* National repack centers and a formula to control supply and demand.

* Mandatory Electronic trading to record "true" sales and pricing data.

* Fruit Fly Free Zones (3F) for mango planting so that nutritionally sound fruit reaches the USA consumer.

These and many more issues have been addressed by the IMO BLOG in the past 100 days...Ignoring the issues is not a productive model..the time has come to discuss the issues rather than avoid them.

The IMO has reached out to The Common Fund for Commodities (A $400,000, 000 dollar fund based in Holland) and FAO part of the United Nations with Billions of dollars at their disposal.

Hopefully, a Brazilian at the helm of FAO, will help bring the mango world into focus.

The multiple benefits of the noble mango tree must be exploited for the good of the Global Mango Community.

It is time to implement the IMO VISION for a new world order for the mango industry.


Our Extreme Future: Predicting and Coping with the Effects of a Changing Climate

Adapting to extreme weather calls for a combination of restoring wetland and building drains and sewers that can handle the water. But leaders and the public are slow to catch on. Final part of a three-part series

By John Carey | June 30, 2011 |

Extreme Weather and Climate Change: The Complete SeriesThe evidence is in: global warming has caused severe floods, droughts and storms. We present a three-part series by John Carey, who was funded by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, and other selections from the editors »June 30, 2011

                                                                    Image: Fikret Onal/Flickr

Supplemental Material
                                                                                                   OverviewStorm Warnings: Extreme Weather Is a Product of Climate Change (Part 1)
                                                                                                 OverviewGlobal Warming and the Science of Extreme Weather (Part 2)

Editor's note: This article is the last of a three-part series by John Carey. 

Part 2, "Global Warming and the Science of Extreme Weather," was posted on June 29.

Extreme weather events have become both more common and more intense. 

And increasingly, scientists have been able to pin at least part of the blame on humankind's alteration of the climate. 

What's more, the growing success of this nascent science of climate attribution (finding the telltale fingerprints of climate change in extreme events) means that researchers have more confidence in their climate models—which predict that the future will be even more extreme.

Are we prepared for this future? 

Not yet. 

Indeed, the trend is in the other direction, especially in Washington, D.C., where a number of members of Congress even argue that climate change itself is a hoax.

Scientists hope that rigorously identifying climate change's contribution to individual extreme events can indeed wake people up to the threat.

 As the research advances, it should be possible to say that two extra inches (five centimeters) of rain poured down in a Midwestern storm because of greenhouse gases, or that a California heat wave was 10 times more likely to occur thanks to humans' impacts on climate. 

So researchers have set up rapid response teams to assess climate change's contribution to extreme events while the events are still fresh in people's minds. 

In addition, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is preparing a special report on extreme events and disasters, due out by the end of 2011. "It is important for us emphasize that climate change and its impacts are not off in the future, but are here and now," explained Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the IPCC, during a briefing at United Nations climate talks in Cancún last December.

The message is beginning to sink in. 

The Russian government, for instance, used to doubt the existence of climate change, or argue that it might be beneficial for Russia. 

But now, government officials have realized that global warming will not bring a gradual and benign increase in temperatures. 

Instead, they're likely to see more crippling heat waves. 

As Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told the Security Council of the Russian Federation last summer: "Everyone is talking about climate change now. Unfortunately, what is happening now in our central regions is evidence of this global climate change, because we have never in our history faced such weather conditions."
Doubts persist despite evidence

Among the U.S. public, the feeling is different. 

Opinion polls and anecdotal reports show that most Americans do not perceive a threat from climate change. 

And a sizable number of Americans, including many newly elected members of Congress, do not even believe that climate change exists. 

Extreme weather? 

Just part of nature, they say. 

After all, disastrous floods and droughts go back to the days of Noah and Moses. 

Why should today's disasters be any different?

 Was the July 23, 2010, storm that spawned Les Scott's record hailstone evidence of a changing climate, for instance? "Not really," Scott says. "It was just another thunderstorm. We get awful bad blizzards that are a lot worse."

And yes, 22 of Maryland's 23 counties were declared natural disaster areas after record-setting heat and drought in 2010. "It was the worst corn crop I ever had," says fourth-generation farmer Earl "Buddy" Hance. 

But was it a harbinger of a more worrisome future? 

Probably not, says Hance, the state's secretary of agriculture. "As farmers we are skeptical, and we need to see a little more. And if it does turn out to be climate change, farmers would adapt." 

By then, adaptation could be really difficult, frets Minnesota organic farmer Jack Hedin, whose efforts to raise the alarm are "falling on deaf ears," he laments.

Many scientists share Hedin's worry. 

"The real honest message is that while there is debate about how much extreme weather climate change is inducing now, there is very little debate about its effect in the future," says Michael Wehner, staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and member of the lead author teams of the interagency U.S. Climate Change Science Program's Synthesis and Assessment reports on climate extremes. 

For instance, climate models predict that by 2050 Russia will have warmed up so much that every summer will be as warm as the disastrous heat wave it just experienced, says Richard Seager of Columbia University's Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory

In other words, many of today's extremes will become tomorrow's everyday reality. "Climate change will throw some significant hardballs at us," says Martin Hoerling, a research meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colo. "There will be a lot of surprises that we are not adapted to."

A dusty future

One of the clearest pictures of this future is emerging for the U.S. Southwest and a similar meteorological zone that stretches across Italy, Greece and Turkey. 

Work by Tim Barnett of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Seager and others predicts that these regions will get hotter and drier—and, perhaps more important, shows that the change has already begun. "The signal of a human influence on climate pops up in 1985, then marches on getting strong and stronger," Barnett says. By the middle of the 21st century, the models predict, the climate will be as dry as the seven-year long Dust Bowl drought of the 1930s or the damaging 1950s drought centered in California and Mexico, Seager says: "In the future the drought won't last just seven years. It will be the new norm."

That spells trouble. 

In the Southwest the main worry is water—water that makes cities like Los Angeles and Las Vegas possible and that irrigates the enormously productive farms of California's Central Valley. 

Supplies are already tight. 

During the current 11-year dry spell, the demand for water from the vast Colorado River system, which provides water to 30 million people and irrigates four million acres (1.6 million hectares) of cropland, has exceeded the supply. 

The result: water levels in the giant Lake Mead reservoir dropped to a record low in October (before climbing one foot, or 30 centimeters, after torrential winter rains in California reduced the demand for Colorado River water). 

Climate change will just make the problem worse. "The challenge will be great," says Terry Fulp, deputy regional director of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation's Lower Colorado Region. "I rank climate change as probably my largest concern. When I'm out on my boat on Lake Mead, it's on my mind all the time."

The Southwest is just a snapshot of the challenges ahead. 

Imagine the potential peril to regions around the world, scientists say. 

"Our civilization is based on a stable base climate—it doesn't take very much change to raise hell," Scripps's Barnett says. And given the lag in the planet's response to the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere, many of these changes are coming whether we like them or not. "It's sort of like that Kung Fu guy who said, 'I'm going to kick your head off now, and there's not a damn thing you can do about it,'" Barnett says.

Grassroots action

Although efforts to fight climate change are now stalled in Washington, many regions do see the threat and are taking action both to adapt to the future changes and to try to limit the amount of global warming itself. 

The Bureau of Reclamation's Lower Colorado Region office, for instance, has developed a plan to make "manageable" cuts in the amounts of water that the river system supplies, which Fulp hopes will be enough to get the region through the next 15 years. 

In Canada, after experiencing eight extreme storms (of more than one-in-25-year intensity) between 1986 and 2006, Toronto has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade its sewer and storm water system for handling deluges. "Improved storm drains are the cornerstone of our climate adaptation policy," explains Michael D'Andrea, Toronto's director of water infrastructure management.

In Iowa, even without admitting that climate change is real, farmers are acting as if it is, spending millions of dollars to alter their practices. 

They are adding tile drainage to their fields to cope with increased floods, buying bigger machinery to move more quickly because their planting window has become shorter, planting a month earlier than they did 50 years ago, and sowing twice as many corn plants per acre to exploit the additional moisture, says Gene Takle, professor of meteorology at Iowa State University in Ames. "Iowa's floods are in your face—and in your basement—evidence that the climate has changed, and the farmers are adapting," he says.

Local officials have seen the connection, too. 

After the huge floods of 2008, the Iowa town of Cedar Falls passed an ordinance requiring that anyone who lives in the 500-year flood plain must have flood insurance—up from the previous 200-year flood requirement. 

State Sen. Robert Hogg wants to make the policy statewide. 

He also is pushing to restore wetlands that can help soak up floodwaters before they devastate cities. "Wetland restoration costs money, but it's cheaper than rebuilding Cedar Rapids," he says. "I like to say that dealing with climate change is not going to require the greatest sacrifices, but it is going to require the greatest foresight Americans have ever had."

Right now, that foresight is more myopia, many scientists worry. 

So when and how will people finally understand that far more is needed? 

It may require more flooded basements, more searing heat waves, more water shortages or crop failures, more devastating hurricanes or other examples of the increases in extreme weather that climate change will bring. 

"I don't want to root for bad things to happen, but that's what it will take," says one government scientist who asked not to be identified. 

Or as Nashville resident Rich Hays says about his own experience with the May 2010 deluge: "The flood was definitely a wake-up call. The question is: How many wake-up calls do we need?"

Reporting for this story was funded by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.


World's longest sea bridge opens in China... (but don't think about crossing it on foot, it's the length of a marathon)
At 26.4 miles long, it is five miles further than the distance between Dover and Calais (English Channel)


Last updated at 3:47 PM on 30th June 2011

China has opened the world's longest cross-sea bridge - which stretches five miles further than the distance between Dover and Calais.

The Jiaozhou Bay bridge is 26.4 miles long and links China's eastern port city of Qingdao to the offshore island Huangdao.

The road bridge, which is 110ft wide and is the longest of its kind, cost nearly £1billion to build.

A bridge over misty waters: The immense £1billion structure which is supported by more than 5,000 pillars stretches for 24 miles along China's eastern port city of Qingdao to the offshore island Huangdao

Engineering feat: The vast bridge, the largest cross-ocean bridge in the world, cost £960million and took four years to build

Chinese TV reports said the bridge passed construction appraisals on Monday and it, along with an undersea tunnel, would be opened for traffic today.

It took four years to build the bridge, which is supported by more than 5,000 pillars across the bay, and it is almost three miles longer than the previous record-holder - the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana.

Lengthy: The bridge stretches into the distance further than the eye can see and right, the first few cars roll out across the surface

Open road: Drivers pass through the mist as they make some of the first passes over the 110ft wide bridge which is longer than any others of its kind

Flowers: The first vehicle runs into toll station to the applause of staff and passers-by after the bridge opened to traffic today

Musical mileage: A brass band plays on the sides of the road as flags and banners herald in the opening of the bridge

The start of things to come: Two cars edge through the toll gates that will raise revenue to maintain the £1billion bridge

That structure features two bridges running side by side and is 23.87 miles long.

The three-way Qingdao Haiwan bridge is 174 times longer than London's Tower Bridge, spanning the River Thames, but cuts only 19 miles off the drive from Qingdao to Huangdao.

Two separate groups of workers have been building it from different ends of the structure since 2006.

After linking the two ends of the bridge on December 22, one engineer said: 'The computer models and calculations are all very well but you can't relax until the two sides are bolted together.

Don't keep me hanging: The suspension beams form an imposing sight as the reach through the clouds and look down upon colourful flags marking the bridge's grand opening

The long road home: The two roads which run alongside each other wind across The Jiaozhou Bay

'Even a few centimetres out would have been a disaster.'

The engineering feat will only hold the record as the longest sea bridge for a few years - it will be beaten by another Chinese bridge in the next decade.

Last December officials announced workers had begun constructing a bridge to link southern Guangdong province with Hong Kong and Macau.

Set to be completed in 2016, officials said the £6.5billion bridge will span nearly 30 miles.

It will be designed to cope with earthquakes up to magnitude 8.0, strong typhoons and the impact of a 300,000 tonne vessel.

But both structures will still be dwarfed by the longest bridge in the world, also in China.

The Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge is an astonishing 102 miles in length.

Record breaker: The Qingdao Jiaozhou bay bridge, spanning 26.4 miles between Qingdao and Huangdao, will open for traffic today

Impressive: Testing on the bridge was completed on Monday and it is expected to be opened to traffic for the first time today

A driver's dream: Twenty-four miles of fresh untouched tarmac stretch from Qingdao to Hungdao

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México: Baje el robo de mango al 50%: Productores

En la temporada pasada, de cada huerta se robaban alrededor de cinco toneladas, hoy se roban una o a veces menos

Más de un 50 por ciento ha descendido el robo de mango en el municipio, debido a que los operativos de vigilancia fueron reforzados principalmente en los centros de acopio, informó Porfirio Salas Castillo, presidente de la CNC local.

Indicó que la pasada visita del Subprocurador, Jesús Antonio Sánchez Solís tuvo buenos resultados, ya que en los centros de acopio sólo están comprando mango directamente a los productores y no a menudistas, como lo hacían anteriormente.

"A comparación del año pasado, el robo de mango hasta ahora ha estado tranquilo. No hemos tenido quejas de parte de los productores, así es que pensamos que vamos bien", dijo.

Según la estimación del líder productor, en la temporada pasada, de cada huerta de mango se robaban alrededor de cinco toneladas, sin embargo, en la actual se roban una o a veces menos, ya que la mayoría de las ocasiones lo roban en jabas o arpillas y lo trasladan en bicicletas.

Señaló que uno de los aspectos que ha influido para que descienda el robo hormiga es que hay mucho excedente de fruta destinada al mercado nacional en las huertas y es el propietario quien directamente lo entrega en los centros de acopio.

"Los acopiadores saben que las autoridades están duras con eso y que se puso de manifiesto en la visita reciente del Subprocurador, así es que evitan meterse en problemas y mejor le compran directamente al propietario de la huerta", expresó.

El problema del robo hormiga para los productores en las últimas temporadas se había venido agudizando, pues el robo no sólo se desarrollaba en pequeñas proporciones, sino que en ocasiones prácticamente desmantelaban las huertas, indicó.

Mencionó que esperan que la situación se mantenga en esas proporciones, ya que la producción ha sido baja, aunado a que los centros de acopio están saturados de fruta y no compran por pequeños volúmenes.

Fuente: Noroeste

Fecha de publicación: 30/06/2011


Smoothie sampling event called off due to unprecedented demand


08:00 PM
JUL 18

Sorry McCafe Real Fruit Smoothie lovers.

McDonald’s has announced it will not offer free samples of the recently-introduced smoothies, because sales have been robust.

The national in-restaurant sampling event was scheduled for Thursday through Saturday.

“The McCafe Real Fruit Smoothies are an absolute hit with our customers and we’re experiencing unprecedented demand for this delicious new choice on our menu,” said Neil Golden, chief marketing officer, McDonald’s USA. 

“We always want to meet our customers’ expectations and provide the service, convenience and value they expect when visiting McDonald’s.”



McDonald's adds mango pineapple smoothie to menu


11:32 AM
JUN 27

Starting today, customers can visit McDonald's restaurants throughout this area to experience the newest blended-ice beverage on the McCafé menu -- Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie.
This beverage is another addition to the McCafé Real Fruit Smoothie line, featuring a blend of real fruit, fruit juice and low-fat yogurt with ice.

"The new McCafé Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie is a fun and refreshing way for our customers to cool down this summer," said Tim Sloan, local McDonald's owner/operator and president of the Greater Toledo McDonald's Co-Op. "Each smoothie is freshly prepared and made with the same quality ingredients as the rest of our smoothie line, making it a nutritious treat for customers."
This new menu innovation is available in small (12 oz.), medium (16 oz.) and large (22oz.) sizes, providing up to 3/4 cup of fruit and 25 percent of the daily recommendation of vitamin C in a small size. Customers can choose McCafé Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothies with or without low-fat yogurt.


We're lovin' free: McDonald's offering samples of fruit smoothies July 22 to 24


Friday, July 01, 2011
Friday, July 01, 2011

McDonald's introduces Mango Pineapple Smoothie

By Clarissa David

                                                                                                        Quench your thirst with a tropical beverage this summer as McDonald's Saipan launches today a new flavor to its smoothie lineup, the Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie.

The Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie features A fusion of sweet ripe mango and juicy pineapple blended with creamy, low-fat yogurt and ice. Customers can request to buy the smoothie without the yogurt.

The latest addition to the smoothie selection is available in three sizes that are all reasonably priced: small size of 12 oz for $3.75, medium size of 16 oz for $4.50, and large size of 22 oz for $5.25.

McDonald’s Saipan general manager Marcia Ayuyu said Wednesday that a lot of their customers have been asking for the Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie, which was launched in the U.S. mainland at an earlier date.

“Our customers saw the Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie in television commercials and print ads and they've been asking about it. Now it's finally here,” she told Saipan Tribune.

Ayuyu said that the launching of the refreshingly delicious Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie comes with a very exciting promotion for all McDonald's Saipan patrons.

She said they are offering the small 12 oz size Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie on a buy-one-get-one deal for a limited time.

“We want to encourage our customers to try out the new Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie that's perfect for the summer,” said Ayuyu. “We know that it's going to be another sensation, just like the Strawberry Banana and Wild Berry Smoothies.”

Ayuyu said all smoothies are available in their Middle Road and Garapan locations.



India: Exotic mangoes blossom in Kakori

Florida and South Africa may be separated by 13,000 kilometres but they have a common meeting point – a mango orchard on the Kakori Road, about 25 km from Lucknow. 

The mango varieties of these two places are grown side by side in this orchard. 

Mangoes are omnipresent at this place and the air is imbued with the smell of ripened mangoes. 

The orchard has more than 200 varieties of the King of fruits. 

And it's a surprise to see the non-native varieties blossoming so well. Due to change in climatic conditions, varieties ripen late here, but the taste remains the same," orchard owner SC Shukla said. 

He added that 'Tommy Atkins', a mango from Florida, with red patches on green coat and slightly longish, grows along 'sensation' from South Africa. 

These two mango varieties have a longer shelf life. 

They are fibrous, less sweet and mostly demanded abroad. 

However, the varieties are not readily available in the local markets, and are yet to be relished in India. "Places like mandis and fruits and vegetable stores sell them, but in small quantity,"Shukla said.

The caretakers said though the orchard has always been full of local varieties, the "international" ones were added about seven-eight years ago. 

The reason for different varieties growing successfully could be organic farming. Only manure made from rotten leaves is fed to these trees. 

At least four of the orchard varieties were certified by the Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture (CISH) as the best or the second best at a mango show held in the city recently. 

Husn-e-ara, the Lucknow variety from the orchard, won the award in the coloured variety category. 

This 42-bigha orchard on Kakori Road has been nurtured by generations. "I remember of mangoes ever since I came of age,"Shukla said. It was the urge to experiment which has given it a different look. This has made it possible to grow Jardalu, a local variety, alongside Banganapalli, a Safeda-like variety found down South, he added.
A single tree may have a hybrid Mallika, Ramkela (the best variety for making mango pickles), a late ripening Amrapali, and local varieties like Gulab Khas, Langda and Lakhnauva Safeda. There's also Najuk Badan, a mango that ruptures into two halves at the slightest drop, and the Maharashtrian varieties like Alphonso and Bambaiya. 

For mango connoisseurs, there is 2.5 kg Haathi-Jhul and Jauhri, a mango which is white inside. 

No wonder, the orchard has hosted various mango lovers, from politicians, bureaucrats, heads of top-notch institutions to celebrities. The orchard also has a variety named by late UP governor Vishnu Kant Shastri.


Publication date: 6/30/2011