Kenneth Meyer (Natural Tropic):

"Baffling that many Northern European supermarkets don't choose Spanish mangos"

The Osteen mango season started at Natural Tropic in Spain this week. These mangoes are available in conventional and organic variants. "The organic mango market is great at the moment. Particularly the small sizes are in high demand," says the Dutch sales manager, Kenneth Meyer. "The demand for conventional mangoes is good too. Prices are now at a solid €8 to €8.50. But these usually fall in the coming weeks. The volume is about the same as last year. Soon, there will also be some more small sizes on the market."

Brazil is a major mango producer. So, it's a considerable competitor on the market. Yet, according to Kenneth, there's a significant difference in quality. "Our mangos reach all the Northern European countries within two days. Spanish mangoes' quality is much better than those from Brazil. But, many supermarkets still choose the less tasty, but cheaper Brazilian mangoes. I don't understand it. I think you should offer consumers the best tasting mango. The Spanish mango sector still needs to gain some recognition. They could use some marketing to put mangoes on the map."

The company will switch to the Keitt variety in mid-October. These mangoes are expected to be larger. This week, Natural Tropic started with its first cherimoyas too. "We have become a major player in this product. Cherimoyas are still mainly consumed in Spain. But, in recent years, we have gained some ground in other countries too," says Kenneth.

"These include France, England, the Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland. We sell mostly the large sizes (6-8) in Spain. The smaller ones (9-13) go more to the north. The forecast for this season, which lasts until May, is excellent. We offer these cherimoyas are both organic and conventional too."

Last but not least, Natural Tropic is preparing for the Spanish avocado season. "We'll begin with the Bacon variety at the end of September. Fuerte follows that, and Hass in mid-November. The heat has caused some losses. So, this year's supply will be limited," concludes Kenneth.

For more information:
Kenneth Meyer
Natural Tropic S.L.
C/Juan Gris 20 P.I. La Pañoleta. Vélez-Málaga, Spain
Tel: +34 (0) 952 507 709
Mob: +34 (0) 647 166 401

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