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Imports of Mangoes to Get Needed Boost as Mexican Season Ramps Up

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Mango imports by the U.S. have suffered as Peru, a primary supplier, has had a major drop in volume. Peru will conclude the 2023-24 season with a 73% decline in exported volume, leading to a 27% drop year-on-year for U.S. mango imports of all origins.

The National Mango Board revealed March 8 Peru shipped approximately 161,402 boxes (8.8lbs each) of mangos during week 9. That is nearly half of the 301,928 boxes Peru shipped the same week last year. 

The drop in volume from Peru this season was caused by the El Niño phenomenon, which brought elevated temperatures adversely affecting the flowering of mango trees. This led to prices in the U.S. market to reach unprecedented levels this season.

On the other hand, the Mexican season, which starts later than Peru, is providing stable volumes to the United States. Total shipments from Mexico, expected to last through April, are projected to be 1% higher than last year.

On week 9, Mexico shipped approximately 1.6 million boxes, bringing the total to 5.4 million boxes for the season so far. 

Mexican shipments started to ramp up in February. 

In February, Continental Fresh of Miami, FL reported they were experiencing the peak of the mango crisis, and they had not expected the drop in volume to be so drastic.

However, the company noted the Mexican season meant positive developments coming soon. 

Promotional volume from Mexico is anticipated to arrive by April, providing optimism that the industry could mitigate the effects of the current shortage.

Brazil was able to cover some of the shortage this season, with volumes up 31% year-on-year.

As the season progresses, with Peru, Mexico and Guatemala supplying the market, projections indicate that by week 18, all three sources will export have exported 39,343,728 boxes to the U.S., down from the 56,224,325 shipped in 2022-23.

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Heavier Imports of Mangos Coming this Summer Following Lighter Supplies

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U.S. importers report heavier imported mango supplies will be coming this summer, while 2023 so far has had lighter than normal volume.

Mexico is the primary source of mangoes during spring and summer months, providing over 90% of the total supply, according to the National Mango Board, Orlando, FL.

The supply of mangoes to the U.S. from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Brazil and Ecuador for 2020-22 has been on average 135 million boxes.

Mission Produce Inc. of Oxnard, CA notes rain early this year led to a slightly delayed start to the Mexico mango harvest. Mission Produce receives several varieties of mangoes from multiple growing regions.

The company reports high-quality tommy atkins and honey mangoes from Mexico have been arriving at its North American forward distribution centers, although in limited volumes. Mission also is sourcing tommy atkins mangoes from Nicaragua and Guatemala.

As summer approaches, the harvest of fibreless varieties, such as kent and keitt mangoes, generally begins in northern and central Mexico. Mission will start sourcing kent mangoes from Mexico this month. It also plans to source organic tommy atkins, kent and keitt mango varieties from Mexico.

Central American Produce, Pompano Beach, FL., will import mangoes from Central America until around mid-May and will continue to source from several areas of Mexico throughout the summer. The company offers tommy atkins, haden and honey mangoes.

Central American Produce also imports a few organic mangoes.
Vision Import Group of River Edge, NJ, which early this year formed a joint venture called Vision Global Group with William H. Kopke Jr. Inc. of Great Neck, NY, is importing mangoes from Mexico and Guatemala this spring.

The company handles mostly the tommy atkins variety, some honey mangoes and a few hadens. A few kents should be available from Guatemala.

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U.S. Demand for Mangos Continues to Increase

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 99% of mangos consumed in the U.S. are imported since local production in Florida and California is low, according to the National Mango Board of Orlando, FL

Data from the Board, reveals from 2005 to 2022, the volume of the fruit has more than doubled from 62 million 4kg boxes to approximately 139 million boxes.

And in terms of consumption, it has gone from 1.88 pounds per person/year to 3.7 pounds per person/year. This impressive growth is projected to continue.

Mexican mango volume has hit a record in export volumes. Peru is expected to have a great year in 2023. The country is already reaching 20 million boxes and it could be even more, which would be a record.

Generally, 98% of the U.S. volume consumed is exported by six countries.

Mexico is the leading exporter with 65% of the volume, followed by Peru, Ecuador, and Brazil, which have between 12% and 15%. 

Then comes Guatemala with 3.5% – 4 million boxes per year -, followed by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which account for around 2 million boxes.

The Dominican Republic started exporting mangoes two to three years ago to the U.S.

The volume of U.S. imports has increased more than 100%, and per capita consumption has doubled in the United States. 

With 3.7 pounds per person/year, the board’s goal is to double to 7 pounds of mango consumption in the U.S. in the next three to five years.

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Strong U.S. Imports of Mangoes are Expected over Coming Weeks

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Total imported mango volume by the U.S. over the next two months is expected to be 37 percent higher than last year.

The National Mango Board reports Peruvian mangoes for the 2020-21 season is projected to be about 6 percent less than a year ago. However, two other key origins are expecting increases.

The 2021 Mexican season up to the week of June 12th is projected to be about 15 percent higher than last year.

Meanwhile, the 2021 Guatemalan season is projected to be about 40 percent higher than last season.

Peru and Mexico (Chiapas, Oaxaca & Michoacán) are currently harvesting and packing, while Guatemala is getting ready to start its season.

There are currently two main mango varieties available in the market: Kent (75 percent) and Ataulfo/Honey (17 percent). There are also limited supplies of Tommy Atkins and Haden.

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South American Mango Imports are Now Arriving

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Imported Brazilian mangoes are increasing as mango shipments from Mexico are winding down. Imports from Ecuador and Peru will start arriving soon.

Ciruli Bros. LLC of Rio Rico, AZ is in its third season and is now handling mangoes year-round.

On average, over the past five years, the U.S. received nearly 32 million 4-kilogram (8.8-pound) boxes of mangoes from South America annually, according to the USDA.

Brazil has shipped about 8.2 million boxes to the U.S. annually, Ecuador about 12 million boxes and Peru about 11.6 million boxes.

South America accounts for about 28 percent of total U.S. volume.

Brazil, which ships from August to December, exports primarily the tommy atkins variety and a few kent and ataulfo (or honey) varieties; Ecuador ships tommy atkins and some kents and ataulfos from October to January; and Peru exports kents and a few ataulfos from November to March. 

Ciruli Bros. reports quality of the mangoes varies by country. Much of the quality is determined by the transit times by boat which may take a couple of weeks.

Product from Ecuador can reach the U.S. in six or seven days, while the trip from Peru takes 11 days, and the voyage from Brazil can take 14 or 15 days. Freska Produce International LLC of Oxnard, CA, was kicking off its mango program from Brazil in late August with shipments to the East Coast.

CarbAmericas Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, FL. has been importing offshore mangoes for more over 25 years.

The company received its first fruit of the season from Brazil in late August.

Central American Produce Inc. of Pompano Beach, Fla. started its mango program from Brazil in early September.

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U.S. Mango Imports are Lower

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U.S. mango imports are expected to remain lower at least through September, reports the National Mango Board (NMB) of Orlando, FL.

The organization reports arrivals from the three Latin American countries currently harvesting – Mexico, Haiti and Brazil – are expected to be 9 percent lower from last year through September. Overall, this year, the NMB is forecasting the three countries to ship 85.2 million boxes, compared to 88.1m shipped over the same period last year.

Volume from Mexico – by far the biggest producer – for the season is projected to be about 3 percent lower from a year ago. Haiti is expected to see a 33 percent increase, while Brazil’s volumes are expected to be flat.

There are currently two main mango varieties available in the market: Kent (45 percent) and Keitt (43 percent). There are also limited supplies of Tommy Atkins, Ataulfo/Honey, Manila Rosa and Madame Francis.

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Mango Imports are Arriving from Brazil, Haiti as Mexico Season End is Near

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ChiquitaBoatBrazilian mango shipments are underway, although purposely a little later than previous years.

Amazon Produce Network of Vineland, NJ has noted Brazil exporters delayed shipments to the U.S. .  Initial arrivals to the U.S.  have started arriving since Labor Day. The delay was possible as growers did not induce flowering as early as in past seasons.  Total volume is estimated be only 1 percent lower than 2017.

Brazilian mango shipments are projected at 7.8 million boxes for the season with the season ending in mid December.


J&C Tropicals of Miami, FL report mango shipping delays because of weather in both Haiti and Mexico.

Overall mango volume from Haiti are down 48 percent from the same time last year, with roughly 1.47 million boxes this year compared to 2.17 million in 2017.

Hurricanes in 2017 that were followed by heavy rains adversely affected the trees and the flowering stage.  Because the season was launched late the 2018 season extended through the first week of September, compared to the 2017 season that ended at the end of July.


Weather has also affected Mexican mango exports.

As for the northern Sinaloa area, it made its annual switch of varieties from kents to keitts, exports slowed.  Southern Sinaloa this season was extremely dry cutting the length of season compared to a year ago.  Exports should are now returning to normal volume.

Currently Mexican mango exports are 3 percent higher than a year ago at 69.65 million boxes compared to 67.84 million boxes in 2017.  Mexico’s season begins in southern states (Chiapas, Oaxaca, Michoacan and Guerrero) followed by the northern states (Colima, Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa).
As with any perishable produce commodity, weather related issues can suddenly adversely affect crops, but observers are reporting any such issues affecting the crop.

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Imports are Shaping up Well for Mexican Mangoes and Pineapples from Costa Rica

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Mexican mango imports are now taking center stage for U.S. markets, while the imported pineapple season from Costa Rica is starting out with flying colors.

While increased mango volume from Peru was seen December and January, Mexican volume started in late January and now is closing in on 1 million mango boxes per week.

During 2017 Mexican mango volume exported to the United States hit a record at 80 million cases. In fact, Mexico accounts for 62 percent of the mangos exported to the U.S.

Mexican mango exports have increased from 59 million in 2014, to 80 million cases last year.

There was a drop in Mexican exports from 2013, when a then-record 70 million cases were shipped to the U.S.  However, there was increased Mexican mango volume each year for at least 10 years, with 40 million cases shipped in 2004.

A total of 23 Mexican states produce mango, with about 25 percent of Mexico’s mango crop being exported fresh.

Imported Pineapples

Strong supplies of imported pineapples are  seen through the first half of 2018.  Dole Food Co., Westlake Village, CA is a leading importer of the tropical fruit.   Costa Rica provides about 80 percent of pineapples in the U.S. as the first half of the year looks better than recent few years.  A normal dip in Costa Rican volumes is expected in the late summer and early fall with volumes returning in the fourth quarter.  Mexico also is expected to have good supplies, although volume to the U.S. is much less than with Costa Rica.

Over the last four years, cut pineapple has grown much faster than bulk in the U.S.

As recently as 1991, Hawaii provided half of the total U.S. fresh pineapple supply. That year, total supply of fresh pineapple totaled 503 million pounds, of which Hawaii accounted for 250 million pounds and imports provided 254 million pounds.

Fast-forward to 2006 and Hawaii supplied only 192 million pounds of fresh pineapples and import volume ballooned to 1.4 billion pounds.

By 2015, Hawaii’s contribution to the fresh pineapple supply disappeared altogether, while imports supplied all the fresh pineapple supply of 2.3 billion pounds.  Hawaii’s demise in the pineapple  industry was primarily due to high costs  of operation, compared to other areas around the world..

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Shipping Outlooks: Hurricane Damaged FL; ID Spuds, WA Apples and Imported Mangoes

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DSCN0043Here’s a shipping outlook for different areas and commodities ranging from Florida after Hurricane Irma, to Idaho potatoes, Washington apples and imported mangoes.

Florida’s projected 75 million-box orange crop may have been slashed by 40 percent or more due to Hurricane Irma, depending on where the groves are located.  Heavy losses are also are expected with grapefruit and other items.

This is the off season for many Florida vegetable shipments, but products such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and strawberries in South Florida took a big hit and replantings will result in shipments being at least a month or two if not more later than normal.

Idaho Potato Shipments

Idaho potato shipments from the season that recently ended was 12 percent over that of two years ago.  The diggings for the current crop are underway off of  308,000 acres, which is 15,000 acres less than last year.  However, Idaho will still have plenty of potatoes to haul.

Idaho potatoes – grossing about $3000 to Chicago.

Apple Shipments

Red delicious will soon lose its status as the volume leader in the Washington apple industry as the variety will amount to 25 percent of the 2017-18 crop, off about 5 percent from recent years.

Gala apples should account for 23 percent of the new crop, and is on track to surpass red delicious this season or next.  Red Delicious popularity has declined because of a number of new varieties that are considered to taste better.  Growers have been planting proprietary varieties or improved versions of varieties such as gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Cosmic Crisp.

Over 600,000 Honey Crisp trees were planted this year, and about 5.5 million more will go in the ground next year.  A significant reason for more Honey Crisp planting is it has a harvest window very similar to that of the Red Delicious.

Yakima Valley apples – grossing about $6600 to New York City.

Mango Imports

As Mexican mango imports seasonally decline the slack its being picked up by imports from Brazil.  Brazil’s season is expected to continue through November with a projection of approximately 8.2 million boxes  Peak imports are expected mid-September to mid-October.

As Brazilian imports wind down, imports will be available from Ecuador followed by Peru, which will take production into the new year with the return to volume from Mexico coming in March.

Mexican mangoes through Nogales – grossing about $4000 to Chicago.



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Shipping Updates for California Kiwifruit; Mango imports; U.S. Apples

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DSCN0005The first shipping forecast for California kiwifruit has been issued, while we take a look at coming mango imports, and domestic apples loading opportunities.

California kiwifruit shipments are expected to be off only a little from a year ago when California growers produced 31,324 tons.  An initial forecast this season, which is called by some “conservative,” estimates there will 30,449 tons of kiwi.  About 98 percent of the U.S.-grown kiwifruit is produced in California.

Around 80 percent of of the crop is shipped to domestic markets, while some fruit exported, primarily to Mexico, Canada and Japan.

California kiwifruit shipments occur from late September until April

Western Fresh Marketing Services Inc.,  of Madera, CA. should start initial shipments the third or fourth week of September.

The Flavor Tree Fruit Co. LLC, Hanford, CA., will have 86 acres of gold kiwifruit grown under large tents this season as the company plans to ship about 50,000 cartons of gold kiwifruit from October until January and possibly February.

Mexican Mango Imports

Imported mangoes from Mexico should continue through September.  Light volumes of imported mangoes from Brazil are now arriving at U.S. ports.  Brazilian mango imports will peak in mid October and run until November, with a projected 7.8 million boxes.

Meanwhile, Through the week ending Aug. 12th, Mexico had shipped about 67.9 million boxes, up from about 66 million boxes through the same week in 2016.

 Apple Shipments

The U.S. Apple Association projects a 248.3 million carton crop for 2017-18, which would be 8 percent smaller than last year, but right on the 5-year average.

“There’s every reason to be optimistic about this year’s apple crop,” said Mark Nicholson, co-owner of Red Jacket Orchards, Geneva, N.Y.

The estimate is only 400,000 42-pound cartons lower than the USDA estimate from a few weeks ago.  The estimate came at the conclusion of the association’s annual Apple Crop Outlook and Marketing Conference, August 24-25 in Chicago.

The Washington crop is estimated at 159.5 million cartons, 1 percent higher than the 5-year average but 8 percent smaller than last season.  New York’s crop is estimated at 28 million cartons, 1 percent above the 5-year average and nearly the same as last year’s production.


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