Five years ago Fruit Brothers Ghana was set up by Y.O.Amankwaa and Sons, an import and export company based in Accra, Ghana. It supplies the West African market with imported apples, grapes and plums while marketing mangoes and pineapples to Europe (both retail and wholesale) and the Gulf region. Fruit are transported by both air and seafreight.
In the Central and Eastern regions of Ghana the company has eight outgrowers of pineapples and three for mangoes, a supply base it has recently supplemented with five mango growers in northern Côte d’Ivoire as well as two pineapple growers in southern Côte d’Ivoire. The company has a stake in the production units.
The newly added Ivorian component to their portfolio is shipped directly from Abidjan.
“The mango season from Côte d'Ivoire starts from mid-February and ends in April and then we start from Ghana in May to July,” says Samuel Owusu Amankwaa, sales and marketing manager at Y.O.Amankwaa and Sons. “We have pineapples year round.”
He adds that they have mango and pineapple supplies still available for the coming season. They offer Kent mangoes and the MD2 pineapple.
The company is a regular visitor to Berlin Fruit Logistica. “There are some good quality pineapples and mangoes from the west of Africa and standards are guaranteed,” he says. They will be attending the trade show again this year as a visitor.
“We are expecting very promising volumes of pines and mangoes this season.”