Freska Produce International, a marketer of mangos and avocados, is excited to announce that it has certified and begun to harvest and pack Mexican mangos in Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico. The variety that will be harvested first is Ataulfo “Honey” mangos.
Chiapas looks to start out with larger-sized Ataulfos while Oaxaca will have more medium to smaller fruit.
This year’s crop looks to be very nice and has plentiful mangos currently available. Chiapas looks to start out with larger-sized Ataulfos while Oaxaca will have more medium to smaller fruit. In about two to three weeks Freska will begin harvesting Red Mango Tommy Akins variety.
With the opening of Mexican mango season, Freska will supply customers with both organic and conventional mangos all the way through September of this year focusing on quality, food safety and Fair Trade mangos. Last year, Freska returned close to $700,000 to growers and packers in Mexico through the Fair Trade program.
Mexico is a major player in the mango market. Last year it produced 65 million lbs. of mangos for the U.S. market--an increase of 12 percent over the previous year. Varieties produced are Tommy Atkins, Kents, Keitts, Hadens and Ataulfos. “We will increase our volume 30 percent over last year following a combination of a brand-new pack house coming in line first part of February along with added production from new groves coming into production,” says Jesus “Chuy” Loza. “Freska will offer special packs along with the standard 4-kilo mango box, clamshells, bags and a 5-down configuration (22 lb/10 kilo). ”
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