YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK : Mango board leads tour of Puerto Rico

By Andy Nelson

April 28, 2016 | 4:14 pm EDT

Photo by National Mango Board

The National Mango Board led a group of retailers, foodservice representatives and dietitians April 13-16 to Puerto Rico.

The purpose of the visit was to educate industry members about mangoes, according to a news release from the Orlando-based board.

Board member Veny Marti and Yair Aaron led a tour of Martex Farms, where attendees saw harvesting and the cleaning, sorting and packing of fruit and hot-water treatments in the company’s packing facility.

Guests also enjoyed mango tasting events, tours of a produce market and a grocery store and a tour of Puerto Rico’s Castillo San Felipe del Morro.

“Retailers, registered dietitians, chefs and operators are catalysts who can make a significant difference in promoting mangoes to help increase awareness and consumption with consumers in the U.S.,”
Rachel Muñoz, the board’s marketing director, said in the release.

“For this reason, it is so important to the NMB that these industry partners experience firsthand the passion and craft of growing and harvesting mangos.”