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Bert Westera, Sweet Fruits: “Mango for Christmas not as desirable as pineapple”

Plenty of mangoes from Peru and Brazil

The mango market is currently characterised by a large supply. “Just from Brazil, 208 containers will arrive. Add to that the supply from Peru, and the market will not become any easier,” says Bert Westera from Sweet Fruits S.A, part of the Brazilian Secchi Agricola group, which has branches in Portugal and the Netherlands.

“Prices are currently between 5 and 7 euro, for the small to the larger sizes, but it is not easy. I expect the market to calm down a bit in January. We then stop with Kent and Keitt from Brazil, and will only continue with Tommy Atkins and Palmer. I expect this will be the case for multiple importers. Compared to last year, it has been a volatile market. We saw far fewer peaks than we did last year,” Westera says.

“We did quite a bit of Kent via air freight this year. That went fairly well. Furthermore, air freight of Palmer matured on the trees will continue as usual, but those are mostly absorbed by our branch in Portugal. We focus mainly on the German, French and British customers,” Westera continues. According to him, there is never much Christmas pressure on mangoes. “The programmes continue, but mango is not a Christmas article. More exclusive exotics are used more often at Christmas, instead of mangoes.”

For more information:
Bert Westera
Sweet Fruits, S. A.
Westerstraat 154
7811 MV Emmen, the Netherlands
T.: +31-591-745111
F.: +31-591-745119

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