"This year's mango season is progressing differently than we're used to. Noticeably fewer mangos came from, particularly, Senegal. It's a short season with low volumes and slightly poorer quality. That's because of the weather conditions in that country," says Joep Jongmans of the Belgian company, Special Fruit. "We didn't get as many mangos as usual from West Africa and the Caribbean this year either. That's partly due to the logistical problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic."
(Photo taken before the Corona crisis)
There were few mangos on the market in July. That was thanks to these low volumes. "This benefited Israel well. They found themselves in an empty market, which resulted in high prices. The nice Belgian weather stimulated demand too," says Joep. "So, we've had a good summer for mangos. The Brazilian season began at the end of August. In the past three weeks, there have, therefore, been significantly more Brazilian mangos in the market."
"Brazil is currently the main mango-supplying country. The first mangos' quality wasn't great. But, since then, the Keith variety's quality is better. Demand is okay for this time of year. But prices have dropped since four weeks ago. Prices in the coming weeks will also be more attractive because of promotions. Until now, the year has been positive for the mango market. Even if it was sometimes a challenge to get sufficient volumes."
In addition to these mangos, there are Spanish Osteens on the market again too. "Osteen mangos are special. They have a specific flavor that's not favored by all our clients. Spanish farmers planted large volumes this year. But, thanks to the hot weather, production was lower than expected. Considering prices, the Brazilian mangos are more attractive for most of our clients," concludes Joep.