André Boon, Scherpenhuizen:
“Delayed Peruvian mango supply prevents clash with Brazil”
The Peruvian mango supply has been significantly delayed. “First of all, the flooding in spring had a considerable effect, perhaps not as much as in grapes, but we’re expecting 15 to 20 per cent less mangoes,” says André Boon from Scherpenhuizen. “The current ‘cold’ weather is not to the benefit of the start of the season either. “Last week I was in Peru, and even in the afternoon temperatures didn’t reach more than 30 ºC. That’s not boosting production.”
“Last year, we received the first mangoes on 28 November, but this year they’ll start shipping the first ones around that time. Before Christmas we’ll have a small supply from Peru, and it will start increasing to fair volumes from January,” André expects. “A favourable side effect of this is that it results in a good transition from the Brazilian to the Peruvian season. In previous years there have been clashes between the two countries, but Brazil’s volume will be considerably decreased by the time Peru enters the market.”
These are all ingredients for good prices, you’d think. “One shipping company started a new regular service, which travels from China to Korea in 22 days. It’s expected that between 600 and 800 containers of mangoes will be shipped here, which is good for 10 to 15 per cent of the total export volume of Peru. Besides the lower harvest, fewer mangoes will be left over for the North American and European markets,” André says.
“The mangoes are looking good qualitatively, Besides the mangoes from the Piura region, this is also true for the Casma region that will start in the second week of February – and hasn’t been delayed – and will last until about mid-March,” the importer says. Regarding varieties, the country hasn’t seen much change. “Peru only really knows Kent.”
Prices for Brazilian mangoes are currently divided between the sizes. “There were many large sizes, which was a bit problematic. The larger sizes are mediocre in price, but higher prices are paid for the smaller sizes. The balance between large and small sizes has recovered a bit with the latest shipments,” André concludes.
Publication date: 11/16/2017
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