According to a detailed report recently published by the National Mango Board (NMB), in 2022, Mexico will produce 11% more mango than in the previous year. The Mexican mango season will last until the first week of October with a projection of approximately 93 million boxes.
The main mango varieties grown in Mexico are the Tommy Atkins (40%), Ataulfo/Honey (27%), Kent (19%), and Keitt (11%) varieties.
As of August 13, Mexico had exported approximately 3,531,048 boxes for a total of 81,012,182 boxes this season. During the same week last year, Mexico shipped 2,496,314 boxes for a total of 73,429,385 boxes.
According to the report, 19.2%, 19.3%, and 17.3% of the large Ataulfo/Honey mango varieties exported were calibers 14, 16, and 18, respectively.
Meanwhile, 16.9%, 21.1%, and 23.4% of the Tommy Atkins mango exported were calibers 7, 9, and 23.4%, respectively. Finally, 20.4%, 19.2%, and 18.7% of the Kent varieties exported were calibers 7, 9, and 10, respectively.
Sarah Ilyas analyzed these figures in her article in the Agronometrics In Charts series. "As Mexico approaches the end of its mango harvest, the unstable climate has begun to worry producers and exporters as they witness droughts in the west and south, while torrential rains cause flash floods in the north," she stated.
"The increase in cardboard, freight, production inputs, fertilizers, and other inputs led to a general increase in production costs. However, Mexico remains the world's largest exporter of mangoes, and the flavor and texture of its mango varieties have led to a significant increase in consumption in the United States. The annual per capita consumption of mangoes in the United States increased by 93.1% from 2005 to 2020, going from 0.85 kg in 2005 to 1.65 kg in 2020."