Buyers should expect a greater variety of mangoes for retail merchandising this fall.

Grower-shippers say more yellow-skinned fruit will join their green-skinned counterparts on retail shelves.

Shippers plan to offer more mango varieties

Courtesy Amazon Produce Network

Matt Matalucci, salesman for Amazon Produce Network, Mullica Hill, N.J., shows off mangoes growing in Brazil. Greg Golden, sales manager and co-owner of Amazon, says demand for mangoes has been strong.

“We will see more volume of different varieties coming in with higher volume than in the past,” said William Watson, executive director of the National Mango Board, Orlando, Fla. “We will see some more ataulfos from Brazil. It will be interesting to see producers from other countries get interested in that fruit.”

Though grown primarily in Mexico, Brazil for the second year will be shipping the yellow ataulfos.

Greg Golden, sales manager and co-owner of Amazon Produce Network, Mullica Hill, N.J., said he expects larger Brazilian volume.

Last fall, Brazil shipped 15 container loads.

This year, Golden said he expects Brazil to double that volume.

While ataulfos remain a new variety for Brazil, which primarily grows the green tommy atkins fruit, Golden said he expects the growing region to also begin shipping palmer mangoes.

Popular in Europe, the palmer variety — originally from Costa Rica — is a large red mango with different internal characteristics, he said.

“It has the look of a tommy atkins inside, but it has the kent variety eating quality with less stringy flesh,” Golden said.

Golden said Amazon expects to receive its third vessel of palmers in early September with the Brazil ataulfos set to arrive in late August and early September as well.

Because of softer European demand, U.S. customers may receive more Southern Hemisphere fruit this season, Watson said.

As European demand became weaker last season, a big challenge for exporters was pushing that fruit to the U.S., he said.

The overall U.S. economy, however, hasn’t had as big an effect as one would think, Watson said.

“What the data is beginning to show is that people that buy mangoes are tending to buy more of them,” he said. “That is not telling us we’re branching out but that we are going deeper into consumers who already know mangoes. That means the consumers familiar with mangoes are eating more than they used to. I will take any positive number at this point in our economy.”

Larry Nienkerk, partner and general manager of Splendid Products LLC, Burlingame, Calif., said it’s difficult to tell how the economy has affected mango sales.

“We see at the end of the year we have had more volume and consistent to slightly higher prices,” he said. “We don’t know the economy’s precise effect. It may have been even better without the recession.”

Charlie Eagle, vice president of business development for Southern Specialties Inc., Pompano Beach, Fla., said mango sales keep growing.

“We continue to see mangoes as a growth product,” he said. “At times, mangoes are really inexpensive and can be accessible to anyone. There are a lot of good mangoes around.”