Mango importers and officials expect strong demand and good quality as Mexico transitions to Brazil.

By the week of Aug. 11, the southern Sinaloa, Mexico, mango deal was winding down for Los Angeles-based Vision Produce Co., said Bill Vogel, the company’s president.

“There’s not much left, and the supply’s a little shorter than last year.”

July crossings from Mexico were lighter than in recent years, Vogel said.

In northern Sinaloa, kent production would likely end in the second half of August, but keitts were expected to ship from the region at least through mid-September, Vogel said.

Keitts from Sinaloa shipping in the first half of August were on the large side, with fruit peaking on 6s, 7s and 8s, said Sabine Henry, saleswoman for Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Central American Produce.

As a result, demand is up for 9s and smaller, and prices are rising as a consequence, Henry said.

Mexican volumes will likely total 61 million boxes this season, down from 66 million boxes last year, said William Watson, executive director of the Orlando, Fla.-based National Mango Board.

“Due to climate, the north Sinaloa season has been affected, and production and shipments have been reduced,” Watson said.

Markets were beginning to strengthen in the first half of August, with $5 per-box f.o.b. prices on fruit crossing through Texas the week of Aug. 11, a trend that Vogel expected to continue as Mexico transitions to Brazil.

“It’s pretty good for this time of year, and we’re looking for stronger markets generally,” he said. “There’s a decent supply but good demand with what’s left, and I think we’ll see a slight rise. Brazil should start at $7-8.”

Vision should begin receiving Brazilian mangoes in late August, later than last season’s mid-August start.

Ecuadorian production also will likely be delayed a week or two this season, with shipments not likely starting until late October, Vogel said.

Central American Produce expected to begin receiving Brazilian tommy atkins the week of Aug. 18, and Henry expected a typical transition from Mexico to Brazil.

Central American expects an uptick in volume from Brazil this year, thanks in part to more fruit being diverted from Europe to the U.S.

“I’ve heard Brazil has had excellent weather, and the quality if very good,” Henry said.

Brazil’s season should run from early August until mid-November, and Ecuador’s from the first week of October through the first week of January, Watson said.