Peru's mango export sector plans to export a record 220,000 tons of mango, i.e. 31% more than in the previous season, stated Juan Carlos Rivera, the general manager of the Peruvian Association of Producers and Exporters of Mango (APEM).
According to Rivera, the campaign has been marked by a decrease in export sizes. "Usually producers harvest mango sizes 7, 8 and 9 (i.e. the number of fruits per box). This time, however, the average has been 8, 9, and 10. The main challenge posed by the small caliber is that it does not meet the expectations of the buyers," Rivera said.
The frozen food industry also has its misgivings about it, since it has little pulp. However, they still take advantage of it. Last January, shipments of frozen mango increased by 22%, according to Comex. "This is due to the large production there was. It also shows that part of the production wasn't marketed in fresh," Rivera stated.
The price per kilo also reacted to higher volumes, according to the report by the Fresh Fruit consultancy on March 3. In the United States prices fell by 4% and in the Netherlands (the main gateway to Europe) it decreased by 8%.
This wasn't only due to Peru, the productive dynamics of Ecuador also affected prices because their export season didn't end in mid-January but continued until the end of that month. "This situation saturated the market and dragged prices down," stated Fresh Fruit.
According to Rivera, the campaign balance was positive as the price for the total quantity exported is higher than in previous campaigns.
In his opinion, the sector made a notable effort to implement the so-called system approach to reduce the incidence of fruit flies in the field.
Asia is the most attractive market for mango because of its prices; however, it only accounts for 3% of shipments so far. According to Fresh Fruit's report, up until the third week of February, South Korea, Japan, and China paid US $3.41, $2.65, and $2.36 per kilo, respectively, while the United States paid 1.04 dollars and the Netherlands paid $0.93 per kilo.
Exporters have noticed this potential, particularly in Korea. According to APEM. Six of the 48 packaging plants in the industry export to this destination.