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Red Mexican mango volumes approach 2013 record











By Andy Nelson May 20, 2015 | 10:45 am EDT









Supplies of red Mexican mangoes could approach the record volumes of two years ago, with anticipated volumes prompting the National Mango Board to suggest that retailers try to sell by the case.




“Volumes continue to be pretty high and demand pretty good,” Gary Clevenger, managing member of Freska Produce International LLC, Oxnard, Calif., said May 18. 


“For all intents and purposes there’s a lot more fruit than last year.”

Through mid-May, volumes out of Mexico were running 2 to 3 million boxes higher than in 2014 year-to-date, though it was harder than usual, Clevenger said, to get a hand on shipments thus far this season.




“It’s been tough to get stats out of Mexico. Normally they’re on a weekly schedule, but it’s been few and far between this season. It’s a little puzzling.”



Freska was transitioning production from southern Mexico to Nayarit in mid-May, Clevenger said. Southern Sinaloa production is expected to follow soon. The deal would likely wind down in northern Sinaloa in late July.




Because of the big volumes, the Orlando, Fla.-based National Mango Board is encouraging retailers to sell them by the case, said Manuel Michel, the board’s executive director.




Club stores and ethnic retailers already have found success selling mangoes by the case, Michel said. The board is now trying to spread the message to more conventional retailers.


“We think consumers are open to these opportunities. There will be large volumes from now to mid-June,” Michel said May 19. 


“We haven’t even reached the peak.”



Weekly shipments this year are significantly higher than at this time in 2014 and on par with the record year of 2013, Michel said.



On May 19, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported prices of $3.25-3.50 for flats of Mexican hadens 6-8s, down from $4-4.50 last year at the same time.



Ataulfo 12s were $5.50-6.50, down from $6.50-7 last year.




Michel hoped that brisk movement of fruit through its sell-by-the-case initiative and other pushes by individual shippers would help put the brakes on prices.



“We hope they won’t go a whole lot lower than they are right now.”



Prices would likely stay about where they were in mid-May through about mid-July, Clevenger said.




Nogales, Ariz.-based Ciruli Bros. LLC expected to wrap up its Chiapas harvests the week of May 18, said Chris Ciruli, partner. 



By mid-May production had already started in Nayarit, Ciruli said.




While all sizes of red mangoes should remain plentiful well into summer, heavy rains in late March and April will likely put a substantial dent in the yellow crop, Ciruli said — as much as 60%, with large sizes hit particularly hard.




That will likely lead to a split market, Ciruli said, with prices for small fruit remaining reasonable but prices for larger fruit rising.




“We’ve already seen prices higher on 16s and larger,” Ciruli said May 18.




That won’t change for the balance of the Mexican season, Ciruli said.



 Yellow mangoes will ship out of the Los Mochis area beginning in late July, but Los Mochis “never has size,” he said.




Rather than making up 45-50% of all Mexican volumes this season, Ataulfos will now likely account for about 40%, Michel said. Still, the board is encouraging retailers to sell Ataulfos as well as Red Skinned mangoes by the case.




By mid-May there was still some Guatemalan fruit in the pipeline, but for the most part Mexico had the deal to itself, Michel and Clevenger said. 


Haiti will ship light volumes to the U.S. through late June, Michel said.




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