French mango market to expand next month

The market for imported mangos in France is limited during the summer because of competition from summer fruit. But as that competition recedes in the coming weeks, the market is expected to get better.

“For the moment, the market is really small in France for imported mangos,” according to a representative from Selection Import-Export. “We have to wait about two weeks, but we will have a full market by the end of September.” About 60 percent of the mangos Selection imports from Brazil, Peru, Senegal, South Africa and the Ivory Coast are sold in France, and the rest are sold throughout Europe. For both France and Europe, the preferred varieties are the Kent and the Keitt.

“People want mangos without fibers. Sometimes, we'll have another variety when there are no fiberless mangos available, but usually it's just Kent or Keitt.” Selection is currently sourcing their mangos from Senegal, and expects to import about 800 tons of fruit from there this season. In September, sourcing will switch to Brazil, from which Selection will import about 1,200 tons for the season. In total the company expects they'll import around 5,000 tons of mangos in one season.

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