Dominican Republic shipping more mango following crisis in Haiti

From Fresh Plaza | 25 March 2024

Overview of mangos in the U.S. market, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published on March 22, 2024.

With the lack of Haitian mangoes in the marketplace this season, the Dominican Republic is stepping up with fruit. “They told me that there won’t be any Haitian Francis mangoes because the U.S. isn’t sending any USDA workers to Haiti due to the uncertainty there,” says Dennis Sever of Exotic Growers. “So the Dominican Republic has started with Mingolo mangoes.”

Shipping of these mangoes began just last week and the season runs until early July.

Sever also says reports indicate that the Dominican Republic is also starting to plant its own Francis mango trees and shipping could start next year. “They might have some this year and if they do, it won’t be much volume. However, they’re gearing up for next year. When we heard that, we got excited,” Sever says, adding that there are also plans to build hot water treatment facilities for this variety of mango. (The DR already has such facilities for Mingolo mangoes.)

mango volumes by history

Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

The Mingolo taste

As for the demand for Dominican fruit, it’s good. “Mingolo mangoes are one of the best-eating mangoes out there right now. Taste-wise they’re better than Tommys, Kents and Atualfos,” says Sever. “They’re not that acidic and they don’t taste quite like any other mango.”

Pricing on the Mingolo mangos is strong and in the $11-$12 FOB range. “Last year they were between $7-$8 so I’m not sure if this is because there aren’t Haitian mangoes,” says Sever.

The Dominican Republic will also ship the Banilejo mango, a small and super sweet mango. The mango, which has a short shelf life, also has a short season.

The News in Charts is a collection of stories from the industry complemented by charts from Agronometrics to help better tell their story.

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