The Indian mango season is starting and one exporter of fresh pomegranate arils is dipping its toes into the new mango waters. Although volumes will be lower this season, the foundation for the next few years is to be built right now. Europe will be the targeted market and thanks to using air freight exclusively, there will be no delays as a result of the blockade of the Suez Canal.
This will be the first season that Santosh Packaging is exporting mangoes, says Shubham Sethiya, Lead on mango exports for the company. “In India, our mango season starts in March and lasts until July. India is one of the leading exporters of mangoes. Alphonso and Kesar are two major varieties exported from India. Despite it being out first official mango season, we are looking to export during this time. We are an established exporter of pomegranate arils, which we successfully supply year-round, as well as coconut chunks. Looking for new opportunities to grow, we have decided on mangoes.”
As the Alphonso mangoes are very popular in the European market, this is exactly the region Santosh will be targeting, says Sethiya. “Devgad, which is close to our packhouse is very famous for the best premium alphonso mangoes, and we intend to export that variety. We’ll be looking at the European markets most of all and the first challenge will be to ensure a consistent supply of good quality mangoes. Since we’re only just starting when it comes to mangoes, we’ll probably be doing less volumes this season. We are mostly focused on getting connected with new buyers with interest to import mangoes.”
“Luckily, we do all of our business with air freight, so we were not affected by any delays at all. However, overall the Indian exports that are done via sea are certainly affected due to the blockage of the canal. It’ll take a long time before everything catches up again, but again, luckily, our season will not be affected by the unfortunate circumstances.” Sethiya concludes.
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