Importers expect highly promotable volumes of offshore mangoes for the winter holidays.
Greg Golden, partner and sales manager for Mullica Hill, N.J.-based Amazon Produce Network, reported brisk movement for offshore product so far this season.
“Demand has been really strong this fall coming off of a fantastic Mexican mango crop in the summer.”
On Nov. 3, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported prices of $8.50-9 for one-layer flats of tommy atkins from Brazil, up from $7-8 last year at the same time.
Fruit was moving well in early November, but there was a wide range in prices, Golden said, because there’s a wide range in the firmness of the fruit on arrival.
“The appearance of the Brazil tommies is excellent, and the brix is generally 12-13, which is good for a tommy,” Golden said.
Size of Brazilian fruit was peaking on 9s and 10s in early November.
Ecuadorian volumes will likely peak the week of Thanksgiving and the two weeks after, Golden said.
“The market will need promotion during this time. Last year we had a strong market leading up to Thanksgiving, and it quickly got backed up for two or three weeks around Thanksgiving when demand softened.”
The Brazilian mango deal will likely wind down by the end of November, said Gary Clevenger, managing member of Freska Produce International LLC, Oxnard, Calif.
It’s been a “pretty good year for pricing” for Brazilian mangoes, with prices in the $9-13 range and a wider market window than usual, Clevenger said.
Ecuadorian volumes were beginning to ramp up the week of Nov. 2, he said. And Peru will likely kick off its deal sooner than usual before El Nino-related rains hit later this season.
“There will be good promotions in December.”
Mangoes from Brazil will still in the market in early November, and importers had begun receiving fruit from Ecuador, too, said Manuel Michel, executive director of the Orlando, Fla.-based National Mango Board.
“In the next few weeks Ecuador will increase their mango exports to the U.S., while Brazil will gradually lower their shipments.”
Peruvian mangoes should begin arriving in the U.S. in mid-December, Michel said.
Most late-season Brazilian fruit were tommy atkins, with a few hadens still in the mix, Michel said. Ecuador will kick off its deal mostly with tommy atkins, with some ataulfos, hadens and keitts also shipping. Peru will ship mostly kents and a few tommy atkins.
Brazilian and Ecuadorian quality and size were good as of early November, Michel said.
Ecuador’s crop is expected to peak a few weeks later than normal due to El Nino conditions, overlapping with Peru’s in December, Michel said.
That should mean plenty of mangoes for the winter holidays.
“The NMB is working with retailers to plan some great end-of-year promotions,” Michel said.