More mango supply brings pricing back down

From Fresh Plaza | 5 May 2023

Overview of mangos in the U.S. market, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published on May 4, 2023. 

Mango supplies, which have been fairly tight recently, are starting to see greater volumes come onto the market. “There’s plenty of yellow fruit out there right now and there’s plenty of reds starting to come in,” says Gary Clevenger of Freska Produce, noting these are Honey mangoes and Tommy Atkins. “There’s also more large fruit. That was really tight for a couple of weeks and we’re seeing more of those coming in.” Particularly size 10s and 12s which in turn will be the promotable sizes for the next few weeks.

While Guatemala and Nicaragua are shipping some mangos, approximately 90 percent of supplies are coming out of Mexico right now. Mexican production is also undergoing a shift in regions from Southern Mexico to more Central Mexico which includes Nayarit, Michoacán and in another three to four weeks, Sinaloa, where production will stay until late July. After that, it moves into Northern Mexico which is Los Mochis and harvest stays there until the end of September which is the end of the deal.

Same as 2021

While the season started on time, supplies are behind where they were last year at this time by about one million boxes. “We’re about the same as 2021 right now. It’s probably going to be more or less the same as last year in overall volume from Mexico and we should start catching up in the next few weeks,” Clevenger says.

mango prices by origin a

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

Those greater volumes coming in will also likely push demand. “There’s going to be plenty of availability through the rest of summer,” says Clevenger. “About a week ago, prices started coming off their highs and prices will be in a more promotable area in the next few weeks and into June and July. That will be when we have the most fruit.”

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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