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WALL STREET JOURNAL GIVES PAKISTANI MANGOES MAJOR EXPOSURE

By SUMATHI REDDY

It's been a long journey for the king of fruits.

A year after the U.S. lifted a ban on Pakistani mangoes, the first commercial shipment of the prized Chaunsa variety landed in New York over the weekend.


VDaniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal

Selling for $80 to $100 for six.


They aren't cheap. Considered among their somewhat biased fans to be the world's tastiest mango, the fruits are selling for $80 to $100 for a box of six after the sole U.S. importer had to get them from Lahore to Chicago, over to Iowa for required irradiation and, finally, to New York.

Meet Abid Butt, president of Food Street Of New York Inc., a Queens-based food importer who has become Mr. Mango in the Pakistani community.

"People were scared to invest the money," said Mr. Butt. "So I decided to become the first one, I took the chance. I don't think I'll be able to cover my investment. I'm expecting a 50% loss. But it gives me satisfaction as a Pakist…

MEXICO CONTINUES TO PUMP VOLUME INTO THE USA MARKET...SIZING IS STILL CRITICAL ...AS LARGER FRUIT DOMINATES THE MARKET

U.S. Import Volume
Per Day
Daily report for date range: August 1, 2011 through August 17, 2011Export to Excel
Commodity NameOrigin NameDatePoundsBoxes of 8.8 lbsMANGOSDOMINICAN REPUBLIC08/01/201142,9924,885MANGOSDOMINICAN REPUBLIC08/08/201121,6632,462Total

64,6557,347MANGOSHAITI08/01/2011388,35944,132MANGOSHAITI08/04/2011270,22230,707MANGOSHAITI08/05/2011251,75928,609MANGOSHAITI08/08/201137,4224,253MANGOSHAITI08/11/2011391,11444,445MANGOSHAITI08/12/2011461,72152,468MANGOSHAITI08/15/2011324,49836,875Total

2,125,095241,489MANGOSMEXICO08/01/20114,893,691556,101MANGOSMEXICO08/02/20111,820,565206,882MANGOSMEXICO08/03/20112,279,213259,001MANGOSMEXICO08/04/20112,994,783340,316MANGOSMEXICO08/05/20112,748,515312,331MANGOSMEXICO08/06/20112,521,743286,562MANGOSMEXICO08/07/2011290,73233,038MANGOSMEXICO08/08/20114,180,385475,044MANGOSMEXICO08/09/20112,390,734271,674MANGOSMEXICO08/10/20111,891,684214,964MANGOSMEXICO08/11/20113,071,717349,059MANGOSMEXICO08/12/20112,544,614289,161MANGOSMEXICO08/13/20112,…

LEARNING FROM THE DEADLY E. COLI OUTBREAK THIS SUMMER...52 DEATHS LATER...

August 16, 2011




German E. coli outbreak: After the outbreak the learning begins - Sponsored by Zetes



The German E. coli contamination that has killed more than 50 people is now officially over, according to health officials. 




But the scale of this event ensures a lengthy aftermath.

It is telling that a week after officials stated that the E. coli outbreak in Germany was over, just-food is reporting an outbreak of salmonella in the US which has killed one person and made another 70 ill.

What does this suggest to us? 




That such food scares are more prevalent? 




Some would say yes and may point to industrialised food production and intensified agriculture as the cause. 




Others would counter by saying that we need mass-produced food and the science that has made it possible has concurrently contributed to making large-scale food production ever safer.

On that debate, you can pay your money and take your choice.

However, the quick succession of these two events definitely reminds us that such c…

CALIFORNIA DREAMING... KEITT HARVEST BEGINS IN COACHELLA VALLEY...

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






August 17, 2011








Long anticipated mango season has officially begun in California.


Almost 400 acres of California mangoes have begun harvesting and shipping to mango lovers around the USA and foreign markets.


Retailers fight to stock the "made in USA" mangoes that are tree ripened and are not subjected to Hot Water Treatment.


The fondness for the fresh and RAW, unadulterated mangoes has consumers asking for them by name months in advance.


The waiting is finally over.







FIRST BRAZIL MANGO ARRIVALS EXPECTED THIS WEEK

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






August 17, 2011




14 containers of Brazil's Tommy Atkins mango are expected by the end of this week.


Brazil plans an organized shipping season reaching a maximum of 100 - 110 containers per week in a concerted effort to keep prices in the $6.00 - 8.00 range.


Last seasons volume range of 6,000,000 cartons produced positive results for Brazilian shippers.


With a very strong local economy, and an exchange rate that hurts exporters, there is very little motivation for Brazil to ship to the USA.


The local markets pay cash at the farm gate, and the thought of going through the arduous export process and protracted cash flow scenarios in exchange for a weak currency in very unappealing this year.


This past Saturday a second shipment of roughly 75 containers left the port of Salvador destined for the East Coast USA. Transit times are roughly 14 days from Brazil to USA.


Quality and maturity looks very good this season out of Brazil…