The Brazilian organic mango season is in full swing at Fairtrasa Holland. This fruit distributor is based in 's-Gravenzande, the Netherlands. "We receive these mangos from our supplier, Fazenda Tamandua. This started a few years ago with a few containers. We are now marketing their entire harvest. As a result, we are the only ones who currently have access to organic and Demeter mangos," says José Cubero.
According to José, the partnership between the Brazilian supplier and Fairtrasa is one for the books. "We share a common corporate culture. We have the same commitment to sustainable agriculture and social development. Fazenda Tamandua is a large employer and is important for the region. They participate in many social projects too. The fun factor is also important. For example, the company has its own Jazz band", says José, enthusiastically.
Fairtrasa Holland will get organic Demeter Tommy Atkins and Keitt mangos from Brazil until the end of December. This season will be followed with the first organic and fairtrade mangos from Peru. "Organic mangos are an important item for us. Last year, we sold 500,000 boxes. We are moving in that direction again this year," explains the importer.
"We also source this fruit from Burkina Faso and Senegal. This supply is in addition to those we get from Brazil and Peru. Smaller volumes of Spanish mangos supplement these. With these, we are able to supply our clients with organic mangos almost all year round."
"This year's Spanish season ended on time. That offers plenty of room for the Brazilian organic mangos. It is still unclear how the Peruvian season will look. However, we expect good volumes from the end of December again," adds Parejo.
"We are a vertically integrated growers organization. We are committed to small scale farmers' sustainable and social development. We, therefore, only work with growers who focus on the social aspect of farming. This is in addition to production. We communicate this with our clients, and it meets a need. About 80% of the volume is pre-programmed."
"Our mains clients are in Germany and Scandinavia. Sales to France have also increased greatly in recent years. Sales to Italy and other southern European countries are also increasing. These countries are, however, lagging behind when it comes to organic area," concludes José.