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IPO Global Pineapple Conference (Tampa Bay)

March 19, 2014

Networking Reception
Columbia Restaurant
Ybor City, Florida

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Tapas & Drinks courtesy of Port Tampa Bay

March 20, 2014

IPO Global Pineapple Conference
Port Tampa Bay
1101 Channelside Drive
Terminal 6
Tampa, Florida

10am - 4pm

Supply Side Topics

An overview of Hemispheric and Global Pineapple Production
with a special presentation by Belisario Caicedo of Agricola Bengala (Colombia)

Demand Side Topics
11:15 - 12am

A review of market conditions for USA market Past, Present and Future.

A special Presentation by Patrick Kelly of Kelly Brothers Inc. with participation by Kevin Manning of Dulce Fresh, LLC and Raul Romero or Steve Benchimol of Chestnut Hill Farms.

USDA /AMS Pineapple Research & Promotion Board

Special Presentation
Patricia Petrella
Marketing Specialist


Transportation & Technology

Shipping Industry Issues and a special focus on trade route alternative via the gulf of Mexico.

A special panel from the transportation sector moderated by Raul Alfonso, Executive vice-President & Chief Commercial Officer, Port Tampa Bay with input from major carriers, Customs Brokers and Pineapple Importer community.

Sustainability, Social Responsibility, Food Safety & Social Media

Comments and a review of the validity and feasability of the Certification Frenzy in the Fresh Produce Industry.

4:05 - 4:25pm


4:30 - 6pm

Board vessel Bay Spirit II

A unique Tour of Port Tampa Bay Facilities

End of Conference

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While "Flavor" is very subjective, and each country that grows mangoes is very nationalistic, these are the mango varieties that are the most sought after around the world because of sweetnesss (Brix) and demand.

The Chaunsa has a Brix rating in the 22 degree level which is unheard of!
Carabao claims to be the sweetest mango in the world and was able to register this in the Guiness book of world records.
Perhaps it is time for a GLOBAL taste test ???

In alphabetical order by Country....



Alphonso (mango)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alphonso (हापुस Haapoos in Marathi, હાફુસ in Gujarati, ಆಪೂಸ್ Aapoos in Kannada) is a mango cultivar that is considered by many[who?] to be one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor. 

It has considerable shelf life of a week after it is ripe making it exportable. 

It is also one of the most expensive kinds of mango and is grown mainly in Kokan region of western India.

 It is in season April through May and the fruit wei…

INDIA 2016 : Mango production in state likely to take a hit this year

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Mangaluru: Vagaries of nature is expected to take a toll on the production of King of Fruits - Mango - in Karnataka this year. A combination of failure of pre-monsoon showers at the flowering and growth stage and spike in temperature in mango growing belt of the state is expected to limit the total production of mango to an estimated 12 lakh tonnes in the current season as against 14 lakh tonnes in the last calendar year.

However, the good news for fruit lovers is that this could see price of mangoes across varieties decrease marginally by 2-3%. This is mainly on account of 'import' of the fruit from other mango-growing states in India, said M Kamalakshi Rajanna, chairperson, Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation Ltd.

Karnataka is the third largest mango-growing state in India after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.

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Experts at the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany (BSIP) here have traced the origin of mango to the hills of Meghalaya, India from a 65 million year-old fossil of a mango leaf. 

The earlier fossil records of mango (Mangifera indica) from the Northeast and elsewhere were 25 to 30 million years old. The 'carbonized leaf fossil' from Damalgiri area of Meghalaya hills, believed to be a mango tree from the peninsular India, was found by Dr R. C. Mehrotra, senior scientist, BSIP and his colleagues. 

After careful analysis of the fossil of the mango leaf and leaves of modern plants, the BISP scientist found many of the fossil leaf characters to be similar to mangifera.

An extensive study of the anatomy and morphology of several modern-day species of the genus mangifera with the fossil samples had reinforced the concept that its centre of origin is Northeast India, from where it spread into neighbouring areas, says Dr. Mehrotra. 

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