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Mexican mango volumes could rise 3%

By Andy Nelson
March 03, 2016 | 8:26 am EST



Mexican mango volumes could be up from last year, said Manuel Michel, executive director of the Orlando, Fla.-based National Mango Board.
“The overall 2016 Mexican mango volumes are expected to be similar to the 2015 season, with the potential to increase by approximately 3%.”

Mangoes from the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Chiapas began arriving in the U.S. about the third week of January, Michel said.

Although that’s a week earlier than in previous years, there are also reports, he said, that overall production is running three weeks or more behind schedule because of rains during the flowering stage and colder than normal temperatures.

Barring any surprises from Mother Nature, two peaks are expected this season, Michel said.


“The first will be from about the middle of April through the first half of May. The second is expected to occur during the second half of June through the beginning of August.”


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Ciruli Bros. eyes April peak for early fruit


By Andy Nelson

March 03, 2016 | 11:32 am EST




Photo by Ciruli Bros.LLC







Rio Rico, Ariz.-based Ciruli Bros. LLC expects its Chiapas, Mexico, deal to peak in the four weeks right after Easter, which falls on March 27, said partner Chris Ciruli.


Other than a couple of days of gusty winds in early February, the growing weather in Chiapas has been excellent, Ciruli said.


Ciruli Bros. started its harvest the week of Feb. 15, later than most Mexican mango shippers, Ciruli said. “There was a quick flush of fruit from other growers, now there’s a lull,”Ciruli said Feb. 25. “In general there’s a gap out of Oaxaca.”


That gap should end by mid-March, in time for Easter promotions, he said.


“It’s a very captive market in March and April. There’s not a lot of other fruit in the market.”


Warmer temperatures across the U.S. in late winter also should spur demand, Ciruli said. 



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