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Antonio Rodríguez Antequera, of Frutas Los Cursos:
"Increase in the global demand for Spanish Osteen mangoes"
This mango variety, grown mainly in Spain, both on the Costa Tropical and in Axarquía, is gaining popularity after more than 25 years of cultivation. "The consumption of tropical fruits has increased considerably in recent years, to the point of there being more demand than supply." In fact, despite the expansion of the acreage devoted to this fruit's cultivation, it is still not possible to meet the demands of a consumer that seeks it all year round. "We market Osteen, Keitt and Tommy Atkins mangoes, but when the seasons end, we import them from other places, like Brazil or Peru, to be able to supply our customers all year round," stated a representative of Frutas Los Cursos.
Osteen mangoes of Spanish origin have two advantages over other varieties and origins, and that is that in the months when the Spanish mangoes are marketed, there is no other producer in the market supplying competitive volumes. Besides, it is a variety with a very good price. "A 4 kilo box of Osteen Spanish mangoes can be bought for an average of 9 to 11 Euro, depending on the time of year." This value goes up to 30 Euro in the case of mangoes from other countries, to which you must add the logistics costs, regardless of whether they are shipped by sea or air.
Consequently, there are already several destinations that demand the Osteen mango of Spanish origin, such as Canada (where it is shipped by air), Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and various supermarket chains in Germany and the Netherlands. "We have to take into account that we have an average harvest of 3 million kilos, and more than half goes to Canada," explains Rodríguez.
For more information:
Antonio Rodríguez Antequera
Frutas Los Cursos
Tel.: +34 617 741 311
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