(June 14) U.S. consumers, who typically prefer large mangoes, are settling for smaller fruit this season as shippers shift sourcing from southern Mexico to the states of Nayarit and Sinaloa.

F.o.b.s reflected the variation in availability, with an abundance of size 12, 14 and 16 mangoes, and fewer mangoes of size 10 and larger. Drought and heat during the growing season led to the situation, said Larry Nienkerk, co-owner and manager of Splendid Products LLC, Burlingame, Calif.

“A third to a half is in (size) 12s, and at least a third to a half is (size) 14-16s, and just a few (size) 10s and larger,” Nienkerk said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on June 13 reported that one-layer cartons of tommy atkins mangoes from Mexico, crossing in Texas, were $4.50-5 for 8s and 9s, $3-4 for 10s, $2.25-3.25 for 12s, $2-2.75 for 14s, and $1.75-2.75 for 16s.

“Prices right now are very low. They’re on the floor,” said Isabel Freeland, vice president and chief financial officer of Coast Citrus Distributors, San Diego, which markets mangoes under the Coast Tropical label.

“The prices are holding much better on the large fruit,” Freeland said.

Chris Ciruli, partner in Ciruli Bros. LLC, Nogales, Ariz., said hot weather could shorten the ataulfo season, which will end in mid-July. With favorable weather, the ataulfo, a yellow variety that’s typically smaller than hadens and other varieties, can be harvested past mid-August.

The USDA on June 13 reported that one-layer cartons of ataulfos crossing at Texas were $7-8.25 for 12s, $6-7.50 for 14s, $5-6.50 for 16s, $4-5.5.0 for 18s and $4-5 for 20s.

“We’ve pretty much been bringing in the smaller stuff, 18-20s,” Ciruli said. “The only thing that would pick up sizes would be some rain.”

Despite the smaller sizes, imports of Mexican mangoes as of June 10 were 207.5 million pounds, a 15% increase over last year’s amount at the same point in the season.

“If you look at the last four or five weeks, you’ll see heavy volumes,” said Lee Moyer, sales manager at the McAllen, Texas, branch of FoodSource Inc., Monterey, Calif.