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How Northern Territory mangoes went from luxury item to household staple

It's the taste of summer: juice dripping down your chin and a tropical aroma overwhelming your senses.

Many of us just can't get enough of Australian mangoes.

This season, 10 million trays were packed from the tropics of northern Australia and sent to markets in southern Australia or exported overseas.

Not long ago, the same fruit was considered a luxury.

So how have mango growers turned their product into a summer essential?

The avocado effect
In recent years, the mango industry has achieved success similar to avocado growers, who managed to change consumer opinions of the fruit from a luxury to a household staple.

Seventy-six per cent of the population now buy mangoes, compared to 66 per cent in 2014, according to data from the Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA).

The Northern Territory is now not only the largest grower of mangoes in the country, but also a consumer favourite.

AMIA CEO Robert Gray said over time, Australians had changed how and when they used the popular fruit.

"We know that simply slicing, dicing and demolishing the delicious king of fruits is still one of the most popular ways that consumers are enjoying their mangoes," he said.

"We have seen a shift in the way people are using their mangoes, whether that be in a salad, thrown on the barbeque, in a smoothie or used in a dessert."

Mr Gray said the industry had learnt from avocado growers, and now had a strong focus on quality and reliability.

"Avocados are one fruit that have increased consumption by creating multiple uses and occasions," he said.

"We believe that the same can be said for mango consumption."

Martina Matzner manages one of the biggest mango farms in the Northern Territory, Calypso Mango in Darwin.

She said targeted production would help spread out mango sales during the short selling period.

"You target the areas that aren't buying mangoes yet," she said.

"That would obviously help the industry to increase demand for potential overproduction in a short period of time because it's such a seasonal thing."

Ms Matzner said growing mango varieties that extend the harvesting period would also boost already-booming sales.

"At the moment, it's still only a three to six-month season and if we can succeed with different varieties to extend it, automatically [mangoes] will become more of a staple diet," she said.

According to industry body statistics, the number of households purchasing 11 or more mangoes per season has jumped 11 per cent since 2013, which, combined with rising prices, has led to a 71 per-cent increase in retail value.

There are now 800 growers nation-wide, producing about $191 million dollars worth of fruit every year.

Domestic exports to Sydney and Melbourne dominate the market, but the next hurdle for the industry is to secure more international markets in Asia, Europe and most importantly, the United States, which accounts for approximately 30 per cent of all mango imports.

If growers succeed, the AMIA forecasts the industry will be worth almost $280 million by June 2022.

Avoiding a repeat of the strawberry crisis
At the Darwin farm, new technology has been brought in to ensure high quality and transparency throughout the growing process.

Packing may look rudimentary, but recent contamination scares and an ongoing consumer demand for traceability have seen the farm implement a system to track every piece of fruit from its tree all the way to point of sale.

The result is a powerhouse of data collection.

Every mango has a barcode which can be traced to identify who packed it and its condition when it was packed.

Another barcode on each box details which field the fruit came from, the time of day it was picked, and which employee did the picking.

Barcodes on fruit and packing boxes store data that meets a demand for traceability and helps with yield predictions. 

"With the click of a button, you hold [the tracking machine] against the fruit and then it tells you what the dry matter is, it maps the GPS and then I can see it on the map," Ms Matzner said.

"It overlays a farm map right to the row, right to the particular tree."

The data collection also takes the guesswork out of estimating the yield and packing requirements.

"All the technology we now involve is to try to get precise yield predictions," Ms Matzner said.

"You look at the map and you can actually target the areas you're picking, taking the risk out of picking immature fruit.

"Once you know your yield predictions, if you know it early enough, you know how many staff you need, you know when you're going to harvest what, you know how many trucks you need, you know how many cardboard boxes you need."

A challenging harvest in the hot and wet
Another substantial challenge of getting the desirable fruit to market is a time-consuming harvest.

Mango season in the Northern Territory is traditionally during the infamously brutal build-up, the period between the dry season and monsoon, when humidity lurks around 90 per cent and dark clouds linger but rarely deliver rain.

In the dry season, usually June and July, cooler temperatures allow the mango tree to flower, which then produces fruit.

Farmers then have to wait, hoping all their fruit flowers at roughly the same time and in large numbers.

The biggest obstacle, however, is getting the fruit off the trees.

Harvesting is a monumental job, with 90 tonnes of fruit picked every day.

The fruit only lasts a few weeks, so it must be packed and transported almost 4,000 kilometres to market before the quality starts to degrade.

Ms Matzner said an organised system and hard work from 130 backpackers made the laborious process run more smoothly.

"We have people from all over the world that have travelled halfway around the world to come and be part of a mango harvest," she said.

"The opportunities up here are endless. If you want to do something and you believe in it, this is the place to come.

"Farming is technology, farming is exciting."

Souce: Landline By Kristy O'Brien and Anna Levy

Australian mangoes promoted in Korea

1,200 guests enjoyed a taste of Australian summer at an Australia Day-eve event held in Seoul

Fresh Australian mangoes supplied by Australian mango supplier Manbulloo were front and centre at a celebration on 25 January at the Grand Hyatt in Seoul, hosted by the Australian Embassy.

The event was given the theme ‘Australia Day Open’ and combined iconic Australian foods with a live screening of the Australian Open semi-final tennis match.

The My Mango newsletter reported that mangoes were showcased at a dessert buffet table featuring mini pavlova’s, mango pudding, mango smoothies and mango ice cream using 20 trays of fresh Manbulloo R2E2 fruit, delivered by Jinwon Trading.

Guests including government and business representatives, media and influencers attended the event which was a celebration of all things Australian.

Australia enjoys a 24 per cent import tariff when sending mangoes to Korea. This is around six percentage points less than many other countries who must comply with the standard 30 per cent applied to WTO members. Australia has been shipping mango to Korea since it gained an access protocol in 2010.

Source: http://www.fruitnet.com/asiafruit
Author: Camellia Aebischer

 

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bangdoll/ 

Northern Australia launches initiative to boost mango exports to China

There is a new Australian initiative, joining experts and producers to boost the export of North Australian mangoes by some 200 percent.

The 1.6-million US dollar undertaking was announced on Monday and will be led by the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA), involving Australia's leading Calypso mango exporter Perfection Fresh (Perfection), the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and the University of Queensland (UQ).

Northern Territory project manager Sally Leigo from the CRCNA told Xinhua that a number of new mango plantations being established in the region have prompted the industry to look for new and innovative export avenues. Key to the new strategy will be moving from airfreight to sea freight, allowing for a larger amount of produce to be moved, but creating the distinct problem of maintaining freshness during the 18-day journey from Brisbane to China.

"An issue that the team in this project certainly want to tackle is, how can you maintain the quality of that fresh mango throughout the transportation and various handling procedures once it arrives," Leigo said. "A key with mangoes is making sure they don't ripen too quickly during the transportation process."

Because the ripeness process is affected by heat, the team intend to use data loggers to monitor the temperatures within refrigeration units, with information being sent via satellite to make sure that the fruit is at its best when it arrives.

Leigo said the success of the project will mean Chinese consumers are able to enjoy even more of this coveted fruit counter-season to their own market. The project is expected to be completed by mid-2021.


Publication date : 1/15/2019
Source: www.freshplaza.com

Mango season North Queensland 2018

A steady supply of quality mangoes is expected this season; the harvest gets underway in North Queensland. Growers in the Burdekin and Bowen regions started picking this week, with Dimbulah and Mareeba growers set to join them in the coming weeks.

Last year, a glut of mangoes drove the prices down for growers due to a clash in output between northern growing regions. According to Ben Martin from Marto's Mangoes, this year the harvest would be spaced out in the regions, which will be a win-win for growers and consumers.

“There doesn’t seem to be the large volume of Kensington Prides around as last year, which should keep the prices up a bit, however consumers will be getting great quality mangoes,” Martin said. “We had a clash between the growing regions last year, which meant there was an oversupply of fruit. This year the Katherine fruit has almost been picked… it all looks like it will flow from one region onto the next so there will be a good steady supply of mangoes for the whole season.”

Martin said that the trees that were battered in the Bowen region during Cyclone Debbie last year, were starting to come back and Bowen-Burdekin growers would continue to pick for the next four to five weeks.

Mareeba grower and Australian Mango Industry Association deputy chairman John Nucifora said Dimbulah growers would start picking in two weeks, with Mareeba growers starting in early December. The season will continue until March.

Northqueenslandregister.com.au reported on Nucifora saying that more than 10 million trays of mangoes were produced Australia wide last year, with Mareeba growers producing about 2.5 million trays. He said he expected there would be a similar yield this year.


Publication date : 7/11/2018

Source: www.freshplaza.com 

Vietnam wants its mangoes to be a key export product

The South Vietnamese province of Dong Thap, the largest mango producer in the Mekong Delta with 9,200 hectares and an annual production of almost 100 thousand tons, intends to turn this fruit into a key export product by 2020.

According to Nguyen Thanh Tai, the deputy director of the local Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, to achieve this purpose, Dong Thap has invested in improving its technological infrastructure, a levee system, and agricultural technology in order to achieve Global Good Agricultural Practices (Global GAP) and remarkable results in the post harvest industry.

He said that two areas devoted to growing mango in the city of Cao Lanh, which have a combined extension of 33 hectares, had achieved Global GAP standards, while two other areas, which together amount to more than 48 hectares, met the standards of Good Agricultural Practices of Vietnam (VietGAP).

So far, said Thanh Tai, the town has developed six safe mango production areas with an area of ​​more than 416 hectares, and it has registered the intellectual property of its Cat Chu Cao Lanh and Mango Cao Lanh brands.

Thanh Tai highlighted that the province had managed to maintain the mango supply throughout the year.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Phuong Tuyen, the head of the Office of Technology and Information Technology Research of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the province wouldn't expand the cultivation areas of mango in the future, but that it would focus on investing in storage and processing areas to improve the mango's production value chain.

Under contracts signed more than two years ago, Dong Thap exported 100 to 200 tons of mango each month to Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong (China), and New Zealand.

Tran Van Ha, from the University of Can Tho, advised Dong Thap to foster connectivity among farmers and between farmers and businesses to boost production, one of the key pillars of the province's agricultural restructuring strategy.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Bao Ve, the former director of the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Can Tho, said that the province should manage the maintenance of this fruit tree to improve the quality of mango, while concentrating on diversifying products to meet the demands of the market.


Source: VNA via www.freshplaza.com

Publication date: 7/3/2018

Vietnam: UNIDO promotes post-harvest excellence for mangoes

Mekong River Delta


The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the People’s Committee of the Dong Thap province invited over 120 high-level participants from the public and private sector to discuss opportunities to strengthen the mango value chain, and to build a modern mango export system for Vietnam.

With a total area of 43,000 hectares and an output of 500,000 tons per year, mango is one of the key fruit trees in, and one of the main income sources of the Mekong Delta with high international potential in markets such as China, Japan, Korea and Russia. However, at 27 per cent, the post-harvest loss rate is very high.

Karl Schebesta from UNIDO introduced the Centre of Excellence approach to strengthen the mango value chain: “The centre offers appropriate models and upgraded technologies to improve the quality of agricultural products; to reduce post-harvest losses; and to improve the organizational and managerial production structure in rural areas.”

Located in the city of Cao Lanh in the Dong Thap province, the centre was set-up in close cooperation with Kim Nhung Company to also serve as a model for replication and upscaling. By working with the centre, the company improved its capacity from 15 - 20 tons per day to 60 tons per day. At the same time, the post-harvest loss rate at over 300 participating farms reduced to 50, 30 and now 15 per cent.

“All these are key elements allowing to increase the income while improving the livelihood of small-holder farmers and their families,” MARD’s Nguyen Minh Tien told europeansting.com, adding: “This proves that applying proper post-harvest technology along the value chain is the solution, which can be scaled-up and applied to other agro value chains, also in other provinces of Vietnam.”

Publication date: 6/26/2018

Source: www.freshplaza.com

Australian mango production hit record in 2017-18

The Australian mango industry achieved record volumes during the previous campaign and is set to see volumes continue to rise given the large number of trees being planted, ABC News reported.

The 2017-18 season saw over 10 million trays picked for the first time, with the Northern Territory and Queensland producing 48% and 47% of the national volumes respectively.

An increasing number of new mango trees maturing into commercial production was the main driver behind the record harvest, ABC reported.

Australian Mangoes CEO Robert Gray said newer mango varieties were making up an increasingly larger share of the national crop.

“The non-Kensington Pride varieties are really starting to be a much bigger contributor as those orchards that have been planted over the last 10 to 15 years start getting into full production,” Gray was quoted as saying.

“This is probably the first year that the combination of R2E2, Honey Gold, Calypso and Keitt contributed more than 50 per cent of the total production.”

He added that although volumes may fluctuate, total production is expected to rise over the next five years.

While both early and late season mangoes received good prices, an oversupply mid-season pushed prices down for some regions, he said.

Source: ww.freshfruitportal.com

Exporters in India expecting to send more mangoes to the USA

India is looking at a 40% increase in mango exports to the US during the current season. The export of the fruit is likely to start from the second half of April. In order to meet all standards, it is mandatory to irradiate mangoes before exporting then to countries such as the US and Australia.

The irradiation processes take place at three locations - Nashik-based Lasalgaon irradiation centre of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Vashi Irradiation centre of Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board in Mumbai and the Bengaluru irradiation centre.

Almost 90% irradiation of mangoes for exports to the US and Australia take place at the Lasalgaon and Mumbai irradiation plants. Last year, the country had exported 1,165 tonnes of mangoes irradiated at the Lasalgaon and Mumbai centres.

"This year, we are expecting close to 40% rise in export of mangoes to both the countries. This means that we are expecting mango export of 1,500 tonnes to those two overseas countries this season," a source told timesofindia.indiatimes.com.

"We are expecting a quarantine inspector from the US by mid-April for inspection during the export season. Mango export to the US will begin around two-three days after this person starts inspection work here," an official from the Lasalgaon facility said.



Publication date: 3/27/2018

Source: www.freshplaza.com

Indonesia: Mangoes & dragon fruit to enter Australian market

During the 21st meeting of the Working Group on Agriculture, Food and Forestry Cooperation (WGAFFC) between Australia and Indonesia - held in Melbourne from Feb. 14 to 15 - it was agreed that Indonesia will soon start exporting mangoes and dragon fruit to Australia.

Acording to an article by thejakartapost.com, the head of the Indonesian Agriculture Ministry’s Agriculture Quarantine Agency, Banun Harpini, said Australia had agreed to irradiate the fruit to assure the products would meet Australian standards.

“We will start exporting mangoes of the upcoming harvest season to Australia in October,” said Banun. Exports of dragon fruit could start in the middle of this year.

Meanwhile, Louise Van Meurs of Australia’s Agricultural and Water Resources Department demanded that Indonesia accept imports of seed potatoes from South Australia and Victoria, which Indonesia agreed to during this meeting.

However, Australian dragon fruit growers struggling to stay afloat have criticised the Federal Government for what they said is complete ignorance of the negative fallout from trade deals.

Marcus Karlsson, a farmer in the Northern Territory and his family were the first in the country to start producing dragon fruits. He labelled this season as the worst he ever experienced. A trade protocol signed with Vietnam last year allowed dragon fruit to be imported, in direct competition with local growers. "It 's dragged the price down."

He said other farmers are also suffering, including nearby grower James Vong Nguyen from Harvest Hill Orchard at Humpty Doo. He purchased his property only three years ago and was now desperately worried about how he and his wife will make money. "We lost about $80-100,000 in the last six months," Mr Vong Nguyen said.

Publication date: 2/16/2018

Mango industry remains on track for bumper season

Despite the high volumes of mangoes being dispatched to market, the season will not run any longer than usual according to the Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA).

Seasons have already wrapped up in the north of Western Australia and the Northern Territory, with Queensland, New South Wales and southern regions of Western Australia still harvesting. The industry representative body's CEO Robert Gray says volume has consistently exceeded forecasts all the way along.

"It started in Darwin, then Katherine, Mataranka and it’s flowed on to Queensland in Bowen, Burdekin and now Mareeba," he said. "They are all up by about 15 to 20 per cent on what they initially forecast. That trend is continuing and we are expecting that to continue again in Southern Queensland. I don't think it is going to go any longer. We certainly started earlier but all the forecast finish dates are the same. So pretty much by the end of February the bulk of the crop will be gone, but there will be small volumes out of Southern Western Australia (Gingin), South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria into March. But it won't be any longer than last year."

He says a number of conditions have contributed to the increase in volume, particularly the trees getting older and good flowering, as well as the weather.

"We have seen Calypso and Honey Gold varieties maturing and they’ve had a big increase in supply," Mr Gray said. "There have been very favourable growing conditions, so people have got better yields and sizing on their fruit than what they have had in previous years."

There was concern earlier this year over the Bowen/Burdekin region after Cyclone Debbie caused major damage across farming properties. Mr Gray says it is a big 'relief' for the industry as a whole to see a good volume of fruit coming out of that region.

"In some instances, one side of the trees were very damaged," he said. "Farmers were gearing up for, at best, half a crop. But the trees have responded really well, and not only made up for what they may have lost, but in some cases growers have had more volume than expected. Then you add that to the younger trees coming in, that's what gave them their increase in the Bowen region. The growers have really ridden a rollercoaster from May until now—expecting little but ending up with a reasonable crop."

But all eyes will now be on the southern areas of the state, with some individual reports of lower crops than previous years due to the warmer winter weather, followed by several heavy rain events across November and December. Despite this, the AMIA says there is not expected to be any major effects to overall figures.

"They did get a lot of rain pre-Christmas, but we have some pretty favourable growing conditions since then," Mr Gray said. "It's really this month up to and including harvest that has a big impact on final fruit quality and whether they have to downgrade fruit. But at this stage it's looking promising in Southern Queensland."

The AMIA says there is still potential for counter seasonal crops in the southern states, despite major Victorian produce company Seven Fields suffering major damage due to frosts.

"There is always a need to manage frosts in those late dry areas," Mr Gray said. "My understanding is there is a range of measures that people are trying in that part of the world; from fully covered cropping where the whole orchard is covered in netting, helping to keep the temperatures from freezing. To selected sites that are a little higher, with better drainage to minimise frost, and people are even using wind fans. They certainly have the capacity for late flowering but the issue is keeping trees alive."

Mr Gray noted the Gingin area in Western Australia produces fruit later, but that it is close enough to the coast to escape the frost, and has potential to extend the season in future years.


For more information:

Robert Gray
Australian Mango Industry Association
Phone: +61 7 3278 3755
com@mangoes.net.au
www.industry.mangoes.net.au

Publication date: 1/10/2018
Author: Matthew Russell
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com

North Queensland Manbulloo Mangoes Set Sail for Asia from Townsville

3,250 cartons of Manbulloo mangoes grown in North Queensland set sail for Asia today from the Port of Townsville in refrigerated containers on Mariana Express Lines’ Kota Nasrat container vessel.

Manbulloo’s Quality and Export Manager Scott Ledger said that the export shipment was a great milestone for the business.

“Our team have been very busy heat-treating and packing mangoes over the past week at Manbulloo’s facility in Giru ready for export,” said Mr Ledger.

“Packing the mangoes directly into the refrigerated container at the packhouse, then exporting out of the Port of Townsville, means there is less physical handling of mangoes and the time in the supply chain is shorter, giving us greater control and confidence to deliver high quality mangoes to our customers,” he said.

The mangoes undergo vapour heat treatment at Manbulloo’s facility for control of fruit fly, which is a requirement for export to China, South Korea and Japan.

“Other strict quarantine requirements must be followed including registration of the mango orchards for export, completion of a phytosanitary inspection of the packed mangoes and supervision of the loading of the container by a government Authorised Officer.”

To provide extra storage life, the atmosphere inside the containers is modified using the MAXtend system supplied by Mitsubishi Australia.

“The packhouse is only 50 minutes by road to the Port of Townsville where Northern Stevedoring Services (NSS) arrange all the logistics for us,” he said.

“Controlled atmosphere sea freight is cheaper than sending mangoes via air to overseas markets, which will help Manbulloo to capture the opportunity to expand exports to Asia.”

The R2E2 mangoes are supplied from Manbulloo’s four orchards in North Queensland and two local growers are supporting the export program, Tony and Naomi Holloway from Jade orchard at Giru and Dale and Cheryl Williams from Euri Gold orchard at Bowen.

Mariana Express Lines Line Manager Lilian Auvaa said it was an extremely proud moment for the company.

“Our first direct Townsville to Asia container service started back in 2009 carrying mainly dry cargo both import and export”, said Ms Auvaa.

“We recognise the significance of a reliable supply chain solution that will provide our valued partners with an opportunity to move their refrigerated products to Asia direct by sea”, she said.

Pacific Asia Express (PAE), the Australian agency for MELL, has been instrumental in bringing together the key stakeholders to develop an end-to-end transport solution that has led to this first ever direct sea shipment of mangos from Townsville.

PAE’s Senior Commercial Director Greg Mawer said this it was an exciting time for Townsville and the future potential for export of mangos in refrigerated containers.

“We ship export perishable goods from all over the country and to bring our expertise to the region to work with Manbulloo and key stakeholders is what we are about,” he said.

Port of Townsville Acting Chief Executive Officer Claudia Brumme-Smith congratulated the many stakeholders in the supply chain on their efforts to make the mango shipment a reality.

“Mariana Express Lines, NSS and North Queensland Customs have put a lot of effort into this shipment for Manbulloo to get the right refrigerated containers for their cargo, said Ms Brumme-Smith.

“I’m delighted to know that mangoes grown in our region will be ready for sale in Asia for the festive season.”

Manbulloo is Australia’s largest grower of Australia’s favourite mango variety Kensington Pride, also known as the “Bowen Mango” and the R2E2 variety which Asian consumers love for its large size and beautiful blush colour.

https://www.manbulloo.com/

Contacts:
Manbulloo: Scott Ledger - 0419 725 181
Mariana Express Lines: Lilian Auvaa – 0434 514 188
Port of Townsville: Sharon Hoops – 07 4781 1551

Strong start for Australian Mango season

The select U.S. importers that are handling Australian mangoes are optimistic for the commodity which is now in its fourth year in the market, but in reality this is the second commercial campaign under more favorable protocols.

At Fresh Fruit Portal we caught up with Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA) marketing manager Treena Welch during the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit event in New Orleans this month, along with two leading importers of the fruit.

“We’ve experienced great interest from all industry participants – the National Mango Board, importers and retailers – and especially at store level where produce staff are receiving feedback from consumers regarding the great flavor of Australian mangoes,” Welch said.

She said the industry exported 80 metric tons (MT) of mangoes last season and there were expectations for growth from the eight participating mango farms in 2017-18.

The inclusion of Northern Territory fruit since last season also means the program can start two or three weeks earlier.

The AMIA representative also explained the industry’s approach to export mangoes to the U.S. through a limited number of channels.

“The primary objective in the early days is to focus on developing a supply chain capability that consistently delivers a good quality experience for U.S. customers with every mango, every time.

“To do this we have elected to minimize the number of points we supply through.”

Giumarra vice president for the Southern Hemisphere, Craig Uchizono, told Fresh Fruit Portal this would be the fourth season for his company representing the Calypso mango variety, and this season there would also be expansion into other cultivars.

“Now we are representing another fantastic grower with the R2E2s and the Kensington Prides, so we’re very excited about that,” Uchizono said.

“Considering the first shipment just arrived, we’re super excited. We’ve been visiting with our customers and they’re all equally excited.

“The varieties themselves are all unique – the Kensington Pride has its own flavor profile, the R2E2s have their own flavor profile, the Calypso has its own flavor profile. The only thing that I can tell you is whenever we eat a mango from Australia, the first word that comes out of everybody’s mouth is “wow” – what an experience.

He said that “wow” factor helped introduce Australian mangoes as a source of origin to American consumers.

“It’s not like we’re just selling mangoes – we’re really introducing Australia as a country to a consumer who really doesn’t have the opportunity to go to Australia,” he said.

“I think the volume will probably continue the same. My hope and my dream is that we’re going to see this thing just take off.

“I think there’s going to be great opportunity as consumers in the United States start to recognize the fruit. I think you’re going to see this turn into a very nice business for Australia.”

Uchizono’s comments were echoed by Melissa’s Produce director of public relations Robert Schueller in a media presentation on trending products in the produce industry.

“Even though mangoes are available here in the United States year-round, the quieter time here for mangoes is from late September through about April,” he said.

“Come April, May, June, July, it’s the peak mango season because we have all these different varieties; different prices, very competitive.

“But during the fall and winter months, not so competitive and we usually only have Tommy Atkins, every once in a while you see a Keitt or a Kent, and the mangoes are what I’d call sub-par.”

He added that as Australian mangoes didn’t need to be heat-treated, they didn’t need to be picked “super early” like a some other sources of origin.

“The grower doesn’t pick until it hits a certain brix [sweetness] level which is typically really high like 16-18, when in a typical U.S. market for the Tommy Atkins that come in at this time until the spring it’s usually brixing at 12; very mild, more tart than sweet sometimes.

“So on a taste profile, for the time of the season here in the United States when mangoes aren’t spectacular, we now have these spectacular varieties like the Kensington Pride, the E2E2, and we even do a Keitt.”

Speaking with Fresh Fruit Portal at the National Mango Board (NMB) reception, a specialty importer of mangoes from India and Pakistan argued his company would be an ideal distributor of Australian mangoes.

Jaidev Sharma of Mangozz.com said around 60% of his customers were from the Indian subcontinent, 20% were American, and actually about 5% were Australian expats living in the United States.

“We have very niche customers who appreciate mangoes; we could potentially sell the mangoes to them because Australian mangoes are also very good. If it was available, we could do that,” said Jaidev Sharma of Mangozz.com.

“I guess the first thing that needs to happen is everybody needs to have access to the fruit and then we can sell it.”

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