As mangoes out of Mexico transition growing regions, the anticipation is that some larger fruit is on the way.
“Supplies of mangoes are good, especially on smaller fruit. Bigger ones have been a little short. 6, 7s and 8s have been a little tight,” says Jesse Garcia of LA Produce Distributors in Los Angeles, CA. “But it might be flipflopping here in the next couple of weeks. We might see some more big fruit and fewer small ones because I think there are going to be more Kents available and Kents generally produce a larger piece of fruit.”
Supplies are currently coming out of the tail end of the Michoacán region in Mexico. “And then into July it’s mostly coming from Sinaloa and Nayarit in Mexico,” says Garcia. The next country of origin for mango supplies are Brazil in September-October.
Jesse Garcia of LA Produce Distributors.
Good quality continues
Despite it being the end of the season in Michoacán, a time when supplies sometimes can drop off in quality, Garcia says the quality of mangoes has remained solid.
Meanwhile demand has been good at retail for mangoes. However, mangoes too saw a drop in demand on the foodservice side of the business. “Foodservice uses some mangoes but not as much as retail does. The processors are also down a little bit in demand because they cater to foodservice as well,” says Garcia. “I’m anticipating that with foodservice, as more things open up, that we’ll start seeing a bump in demand next month.”
As for pricing, not surprisingly, pricing has been stronger on larger fruit. “It’s been around $5.50-$6.50 for large fruit which is pretty good,” says Garcia. “On 10s, pricing has been around $3.50-$4 and $3.50-$3.75 on 12s. Pricing has stayed fairly steady.”