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US: Mexican mango imports pick up, Peru winds down

Into the final weeks of supplies of mangos from Peru, imported volumes from Mexico have picked up. While Mexican imports this season have lagged slightly behind those from the previous season, volumes are starting to catch up.

“Mexican imports are down a little, compared to last year,” said Gary Clevenger of Freska Produce International. “But there will be plenty of volume available toward the end of the month, and we're expecting more volume out of Mexico this season.” That's in contrast with volumes from Peru, which were down this season due to weather-related problems during flowering.

On March 6, prices for a carton of Ataulfo 12s from Mexico were between $6.50 and $7.00 at the Nogales, Arizona crossing and between $6.50 and $8.50 at Texas crossings. While the market has not been especially steady so far, Clevenger predicts prices will stabilize once there's a steady supply of fruit coming in.

“The market's a little sloppy right now with so many origins,” said Clevenger. “In April, you'll have product from Mexico and Guatemala, and most of the Guatemalan fruit will go east because of the Mexican fruit being brought up through Texas and Arizona. So the market should start settling down once there's consistent fruit from one or two locations.”

For more information:
Gary Clevenger
Freska Produce International
+1 805 650 1040

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