(June 11, 2:45 p.m.) Importers of Mexican mangoes expect heavy volumes of high-quality red- and yellow-flesh varieties well into July.

Peak Mexican mango volumes for Ciruli Bros. LLC, Rio Rico, Ariz., began the week of June 9, said Chris Ciruli partner and chief operations officer.

“It’s the start of the heaviest four weeks of volume we’re going to see,” Ciruli said June 9. “We should ship 2 million (cases) a week for the next four weeks.”

The large volumes will definitely exert downward pressure on prices, with extensive promotions expected, Ciruli said.

MANGO F.O.B. PRICING

On June 10, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported prices of $5.50-6 for one-layer cartons of tommy atkins 6-9s from Mexico, up from $4.50-5 last year at the same time. Ataulfo 12s were $8-8.50, up from $6-7 last year at the same time.

Mango volumes should rebound nicely from May, when shipments were a little lower than normal, said William Watson, president of the Winter Park, Fla.-based National Mango Board.

“We see June shaping up to be a pretty good month for us,” he said. “Volumes in July will be lower than June, but it should still be a relatively consistent month.”

Strong movement this summer could make up for the sluggish start to the Mexican deal, Watson said.

Tavilla Sales Co., Los Angeles, began bringing in ataulfos from southern Sinaloa in early June, with tommy atkinses from Nayarit expected June 16-23, said president Bill Vogel.

DEMAND STRONG

Demand has been strong for size 10-14 tommy atkinses and ataulfos shipping out of Nayarit in early June, said Charlie Eagle, vice president of business development for Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Southern Specialties Inc.

Supplies could tail off sharply in mid-July because of a small second bloom, Ciruli said. Higher prices in August should follow, he predicted.

Ciruli Bros. will switch production from Nayarit to Sinaloa about the third week of July, Ciruli said.

LIGHTER VOLUME FROM MEXICO

On a recent trip to Mexico, Vogel saw a significant amount of dropped fruit, forecasting lighter volumes than last year but larger sizing and abundant supplies of the size 9-10 fruit retailers love, he said.

Quality was mostly poor early in the deal, Eagle said, but he expected it to improve quickly by the time peak volumes began arriving about mid-June.

Ciruli reported very good quality on fruit shipping in early June out of Nayarit, with tommy atkinses and haydens peaking in the 12-16 size range, a little smaller than normal, and ataulfos at 16-18, a size larger than last year.

Watson reported good quality and a normal size profile on product shipping in June.

Mexican mangoes rebound from sluggish start