(June 7) A tropical storm that knocked down banana trees in Mexico and Guatemala is not expected to disrupt North American markets, importers said, though some are withholding judgment until they receive more information.

Tropical Storm Barbara struck June 2 in Pacific coastal regions of the two countries. Bil Goldfield, communications manager for Dole Fresh Fruit Co., Westlake Village, Calif., said growers had told the company June 6 damage was minimal.

“Damage was mild in Guatemala, a little more prevalent in Mexico, but it won’t affect our supplies,” he said. “It won’t even be a hiccup for us.”

The damage was not extensive enough for Dole to look for alternative regions to source from, Goldfield said.

While she was unsure of the extent of the damage caused by Barbara, Marion Tabard, marketing director for Turbana Corp., Coral Gables, Fla., said that any time one growing region is seriously damaged, it has an effect on everyone, whether they source from the region or not.

“We personally don’t source from there, but something like that can affect everyone indirectly, in terms of supply and demand,” she said.

Del Monte Fresh Produce NA Inc., Coral Gables, Fla., also does not import bananas from the affected coastal regions, said Dennis Christou, vice president of marketing.