Part of a yearlong tour of leading U.S. mango importing port cities, the National Mango Board is scheduling a series of industry educational meetings.

The Orlando, Fla.-based organization plans to host the meetings — two of which are scheduled for July 15 in Fort Lauderdale and July 16 in Miami — as a way to connect with industry members, including importers, wholesalers and others who handle mangoes, according to a news release.

The meetings are also designed to update the industry on the organization’s activities and include Dennis Kihlstadius of Produce Technical Services discussing the “Ripe and Ready to Eat” mango initiative.

Kihlstadius plans to provide recommendations for retailers and a question-and-answer session is also scheduled, according to the release.

“The NMB meetings are tailored to the needs and interest of industry members in order to improve mango quality and superiority in the U.S. marketplace to help increase consumption,” the board stated in the release.

Lunch will be provided and the meetings are scheduled for the Marriott Fort Lauderdale North in Fort Lauderdale, and at the Marriott Miami Dadeland in Miami.