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First-Time Arrival of Columbian Sweet Sugar Mangos Coming this Week

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Colombia’s Sugar Mango Association is preparing for the first entry into the United States market, with arrivals beginning the second week of March. 

Preparations for entry to the U.S. market have been underway for several years.  U.S. consumers will get their first taste of this sweet, pocket-sized mango with a full marketing and social media campaign titled “We’re Small, Sweet, and Easy to Eat.”

These naturally grown “pocket mangos” easily fit in the palm of your hand, and are unique due to their ability to be eaten with their skin, making them an ideal treat for kids or anytime snacking.

Sweet Sugar Mangos have red and yellow, fragrant flesh with a sweet juicy taste and a brix level of 22.  Unlike many other exotic mangos, sweet Sugar Mangos do not have a fibrous taste.   These miniature mangos are grown naturally, non-GMO, and have a peak harvest season of April through August, with initial imports beginning in March. 

Sugar Mangos are exclusively grown in Colombia’s tropical Caribbean Coast, close to Santa Marta.  The tropical trade winds and unique soil create an ideal microclimate for this specialty fruit, with an edible skin, much thinner than traditional mangos.   The fruit is highlighted for its extreme popularity in the region, known generically as “Mango de Azucar.”

Unlike the generic tree fruit, Sugar Mangos undergo a proprietary pre-harvest and cultivation method, with an immediate cool chain, and a patented, food-safe wash applied post-harvest to condition the fruit well for travel and the best possible taste and shelf life.  The Sugar Mango Association is the manager of the Sugar Mango trademarks at origin and globally.

The Association and program are open to qualified growers, distributors, exporters, and importers via license.  The variety and brand are trademarked at origin in Colombia, as well as in various international markets, including the United States. 

“As with other extremely successful branded fruit programs, Sugar Mangos is designed to deliver a special and unique taste experience to the consumer, and to allow growers, distributors, exporters, and importers all align in a more precise way to ensure a consistent and quality taste experience,” commented Nicolas Mairon, development director for Sugar Mangos brand and licensing programs.

“We have been working for several years with family farmers to prepare this product for export, and for the high expectations of consumers in the North American and European markets.  Sugar Mango is lucky to count some of the top regional growers, exporters, and importers as part of our brand.”

Sweet Sugar Mangos are offered commercially in 2 kilo (4.45 pound) cases, which hold between 17-22 mangos.  Specially branded retail kits, POS signage, digital tools, and a social media campaign are all available to help merchandise and sell Sugar Mangos in store.

A limited quantity of 6,000-9,000 cases will be offered weekly in the United States for the initial seasons, with programs already being reserved by top grocers, distributors, and markets.

The exclusive importer of Sugar Mangos in the United States is Seasons Farm Fresh, Miami, FL.

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Columbian Mangoes Now Being Imported; Available on Year Around Basis

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The first container of fresh Colombian mangoes recently arrived in the United States at the port of Savannah, Ga., according to a release from ProColombia. From there, 20 tons of the fruit was transferred to Gulf Port Mississippi to be distributed across the southeastern coast of the U.S.

This comes after several years of mango negotiations between the government of Colombia and the U.S. ProColombia says expectations for the mango industry are high, given that the U.S. imported $552 million in 2021 and has registered a growth of fresh mango purchases of 29% from 2018 to 2021.

The mangoes were grown at the Varahonda Farm in the municipality of Palmira and were packed at Frutales Las Lajas in Zarzal, in the department of Valle del Cauca. They are being exported by Trópico Produce SAS and imported by the American company Seasons Farm Fresh Inc.

With the addition of the U.S., Colombia now exports its mangoes to more than eight countries, including Canada, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, among others.

According to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cecilia López Montaño, “there are approximately 35,000 hectares (86,486 acres) of mangoes in Colombia distributed in 22 departments, of which Cundinamarca is the largest producer, followed by Antioquia and Norte de Santander.” Colombia has production capacity for this product every month of the year.

Nick Bernal, CEO of the American Importer Seasons Farm Fresh Inc. of Miami, FL, thinks Colombian mangoes will start playing a competitive role within the market in the upcoming months.

“We know that mango consumption in the U.S. is very high, and Colombia — besides having many logistical advantages, such as several ports across the territory in the Pacific, the Caribbean and the Atlantic, as well as a strategic geographical location close to the U.S. — has one additional asset: It can produce mangoes all year long,” he said. “We began by importing in this shipment keitt mangos, but soon, we also expect to bring baby mangos,” Bernal added.

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Goldenberry Farms Begins Exports of Sugar Sweet Mangos Globally

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BOGOTA, CO – Goldenberry Farms™ has begun shipping the initial boxes of Sweet Sugar Mangos™, an ultra-sweet and miniature mango variety, trademarked by the company.   These naturally grown tree mangos easily fit in the palm of your hand and are unique due to their ability to be eaten with their skin, giving it the nickname of “lunchbox mango.”

The Sweet Sugar Mango has a red, fragrant flesh with a sweet juicy taste and a brix level of 22.  Unlike some other exotic mangos, Sweet Sugar Mangos™ do not have a fibrous taste.   These miniature mangos are grown naturally, non-GMO, and have a peak harvest season of April through September. 

Sweet Sugar Mangos™ are exclusively grown commercially in the Magdalena Region of Colombia, close to Santa Marta on the Caribbean Coast.  The tropical environment and unique locale create an ideal microclimate for this specialty fruit.   The small fruit is highlighted for its extreme popularity in the region.  

“This variety is really special, it is smaller and more sweet and fragrant than the Ataulfo and Honey mango, and much more convenient to eat. It’s very popular with parents and children who really love the fact that they can be eaten without peeling,“ commented brand Development Director Christopher Palumbo.

Sweet Sugar Mangos™ are offered commercially in 2 kilo (4.5 pound) cases, which hold between 18-24 mangos each.  Specially branded retail kits and mini boxes are available to merchandise the Sugar Mangos™ in store. 

Goldenberry Farms™ expects to offer up to 6,000 cases weekly of Sugar Mangos™ and Sweet Sugar Mangos™.  The fruit is available to customers globally, and pending the final permissions for entering the USA market, which is expected for this season. 

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Heaviest Mango Found in Colombia Sets Guinness World Record

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The world’s heaviest mango has recently been found in Colombia, weighing in at 4.24 kilograms or 9.36 pounds and was certified as an official Guinness World Records title.

Colombian farmers, Germán Orlando Novoa Barrera and Reina Maria Marroquín managed to break a record after growing the mango in Guayatá, on the San Martín farm in the Boyacá area, according to the Guinness World Records website.

The previous record was held by a mango found in the Philippines that weighed 3.435 kilograms or 7.57 pounds in 2009.

“Our goal with this Guinness World Records title is to show to the world that in Colombia we are humble, hardworking people who love the countryside and that the land that is cultivated with love produces great fruits,” Germán was reported as saying.

“It is an award and a recognition of the effort and dedication to the Guayatuno countryside, and the love for nature that our parents passed down to us,” he also was reported saying.

After being documented for the record, the family celebrated by sharing and eating the entire mango.

The family said it was delicious though they made a mold out of it to make a replica and donate it to the city to be recorded for historical purposes.

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