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US: Smaller mangos coming from Ecuador

Lots of fruit on trees in Ecuador has made for mangos that are smaller in size than in previous years, according to U.S. importers.

“Supplies of mangos have been pretty normal this year,” said Gary Clevenger of Freska Produce International, an importer of fresh fruit based in California. “Sizing has been the only issue this year.” Where sizing for most fruit last year hewed close to 8s and 10s, this year's fruit has been closer to 10s and 12s. Clevenger explained that the amount of fruit grown in Ecuador is likely the reason for this year's smaller sizes.

There was a lot of fruit on the trees this year that just didn’t size up,” said Clevenger. Ecuador Import volumes has been consistent reporting a steady flow of about 140 to 160 containers of fruit per week for the United States, and that regular flow of fruit has made for consistent prices up until now. But as the holidays roll around and Ecuador finishes up, Clevenger said he expects a dip in retail activity and prices to dip bit to compensate for some heavier volumes that need to move.

“Demand for tropicals right before Christmas is slow because they compete with a lot of other items that are popular during Thanksgiving and Christmas,” said Clevenger. “But that should pick up in January when people eat healthier and eat more fruit.”

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

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