Mangoes from Australia’s Northern Territory arrived in Los Angeles this week, where they are selling for $US8.99 apiece. Manbulloo Mangoes' supply chain advisor, Scott Ledger, has explained that Australian mangoes had been going into US markets since 2015 and the high price was not deterring customers.
Ledger said a big challenge for mango exports was making sure the logistics did not affect fruit quality, adding that the industry was making big improvements and he believed in the next five years Australian mangoes would be sold not just in California but in "all areas of the US".
The US also receives mangoes from Ecuador and Peru at this time of year, but according to Ledger, the Australian mango was a bigger fruit and much sweeter. Australia exported 4,747 tons of mangoes in 2021-22, of which 197 tons went to the US.