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Sunshine Export SAC exports 1,000th fresh mango container of 2019/2020 campaign

Sunshine Export SAC exports 1,000th fresh mango container of 2019/2020 campaign

Never before has a Peruvian company achieved this export figure in one campaign.

Sunshine Export SAC, located in the city of Tambogrande, exported its 1,000th container of fresh mango of the 2019/2020 campaign. This set a new record, both for the company and for the country, since never before has any company achieved this number of fresh mango shipments abroad during the same campaign.

It should be noted that the current campaign is still ongoing, so this figure could be exceeded, with the commercial window of fresh mango in Peru extending until April.

Representatives of the company highlighted the efforts of all its workers and showed their satisfaction with what has been achieved. They now aim to follow the same route to reach new and greater goals.

Sunshine Export is the leading Peruvian exporter of fresh mango. Its campaign runs from October to April, during which time the company markets the Kent, Edward and Keitt varieties in fresh and frozen forms. The firm also exports fresh and frozen avocado in the Hass, Fuerte and Zutano varieties.

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– The company has exported mango since 1985 and its fruit reaches more than 15 countries around the world.

– A container stores 22 tons of fresh mango.

 

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First Indian mangoes shipped to Europe by sea

First Indian mangoes shipped to Europe by sea

 

India’s Uttar Pradesh state has shipped its first container of mangoes to Europe, according to The Times of India. A cargo of ten tons of the Chausa variety was shipped to Italy by the State Agricultural Produce Markets Board. Previously, the mangoes were sent by air, but given the high cost of freight, the fruit wasn’t competitive. As the transit time by sea is 20 days, the mangoes are now packed using technology that increases the fruit’s shelf-life.

 

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DFT, high-quality Guatemalan mango

DFT (Distribuidora de Frutas Tropicales) is a Guatemalan company founded in 2000 that grows, packages and markets mangoes of the Tommy Atkins, Ataulfo, Kent and Keitt varieties. Luis Carlos Martínez, general manager, said, “We started exporting Tommy Atkins mango to the United States and we gradually managed to expand in the North American market on the east and west coast, and in Canada and Europe.” Recently, the company has begun exporting mango to Chile after years of discussions between the governments of Guatemala and Chile, and DFT was the pioneer in sending the first fruits. The firm has more than 400 hectares of mango production, “which allows us to control the entire crop cycle.” The harvest season in Guatemala begins in February and ends in June. As part of its growth plans, DFT built a frozen food processing plant in 2016, and began producing mango pulp and frozen mango pieces in IQF. “Although our strength has always been in the fresh product, in order to diversify and add value to our material, we decided to enter the world of frozen products. Our vision for our processed mango is to reach new markets and position ourselves as a leading company in the region and to sell mango all year round,” said Martínez. DFT has a USDA-certified packaging plant for hydrothermal treatment, as well as GlobalG.A.P., Primus GFSI, and HACCP certifications, and is currently undergoing BRC certification. The plant can process over 1.5 million 4kg box of mangoes per season, pack 6kg boxes in ‘ready to eat’ air mode, up to 2,000kg per week, and process 3.6 million kg of frozen mango.

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GO MANGO, expects to double production in under 3 years

Since 2001, GO MANGO has been producing Keitt mangoes in Puerto Rico. It currently has 1,000 acres in production, representing 200 annual export containers, and 500 acres are now being incorporated. “When we started the company, we planted the trees in a more compact area with the idea of ​​acquiring more land in the future, moving the trees and expanding. We have just acquired a transplant machine and expect to double production in less than three years,” said Eileen Rodríguez, quality & compliance manager. The main market for GO MANGO is the EU, where 75% of the fruit is destined and where the largest customer base is concentrated. “The Netherlands and Germany are the main markets, although we are seeing that the UK is demanding more and more volume. Our interest is to continue expanding and raising brand awareness,” said Rodríguez. The firm also exports green mango to the US, especially for Asian consumers in that country. Rodriguez announced that the company’s next acquisition is a system of “forced cold”, a technology that cools the fruit quickly, slowing the ripening process and extending the life of the fruit. In addition to having certificates such as GLOBALG.AP, GRASP, Tesco and SMETA, in 2011, GO MANGO completed the integration of the fruit washing process with solar thermal heating, which allows it to heat all the water necessary for sterilising and processing mangoes before refrigeration and shipment. This saves 80% of energy resources. Similarly, the firm has installed solar panels on the roof of the packaging house, which allows it to produce 100% of the energy for its operations.

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Aurora Fresh, seeks to export mango to Asia in 2019

Aurora Fresh begins a year of many challenges, with a special focus on Asia. Already present in markets such as Europe, which accounts for almost half of its exports, as well as in the US and Canada, the firm’s goal is to export mango to Japan in 2019. “This is a very demanding market, but we can comply with the required quality levels,” said Armando Figueroa, operations manager at the third-generation family business of Mexican avocado and mango producers. “We are very close to the US, so there is a lot of competition to get to that market, which is why we are seeking alternative destinations. We have been growing gradually, experimenting and expanding. Eventually, we want to get to China, but the limitation is that our country still has no commercial treaty to export mango to that market.” With a commercial window that runs from February to August, and 800 hectares of fruit production, in the last campaign, Aurora Fresh produced 80,000 boxes of mango of the Ataulfo, Kent, Tommy and Haden varieties, and organic and conventional avocado, available all year round. As an added value, Figueroa said, “We have great synergy with the producers. We always try to support them as much as possible by offering good advice.” The Aurora Fresh brand is being patented this year to establish it in the international markets.

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68 million boxes of Mexican mango for 2019

Empacadoras de Mango de Exportación (EMEX) will turn 28 in October. It groups 75 mango packers in Mexico with a hydrothermal treatment plant for the export of mango to international markets, mainly to the United States, which accounts for 90% of total exports. In 2018, the Association exported 65 million boxes of 4 kilos, and the projection for 2019 is to achieve 5% more, that is 68 million. Francisco Javier Villegas Ontiveros, chairman of the board of directors, said, “Our main market is US, with more than 90%, followed by Canada with 7%, and the remaining 3% is distributed in Asia, Oceania and Europe. The reason for our presence at Fruit Logistica, for the second year in a row, is to diversify our markets, while promoting the export of mango by ship to the EU. We believe there is a lot to develop in this market.” EMEX coordinates mango packers and producers in terms of research, phytosanitation, post-harvest treatment, and packing improvement, marketing. It takes care of the interests of this industry, functioning as an assistant in the coordination with Mexican and foreign authorities in the development of activities to be carried out jointly in the handling of the mango, nurturing the necessary conditions for the proper functioning of the work programmes and for the general improvement of the industry.

2nd International Congress of Mango Producers and Packers

One of the functions of EMEX is to promote new technologies for its members, be they in the mechanisation of processes in the field, in cultivation work or in packaging. That is why in 2017 it set up an International Congress of Mango Producers and Packers. This year, on November 21 and 22, the second edition will be held in Puerto Vallarta, where companies can offer innovations, while researchers can present their work. “Mexico is the world’s leading mango exporter and its fifth producer. We must position our local industry and attract other mango producers and exporters around the world to build the same vision,” said Villegas.

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Peruvian mango exports to EU face stricter controls

Peruvian foods are set to conquer Asian markets

The EU has imposed further restrictions on imports of Peruvian mango. The new regulation will come into effect on September 1 to control for fruit fly. It is now required that the fruit undergo hydrothermal treatment to eliminate the pest. Moreover, the fruit must come from a plot which has been certified free of fruit fly for at least 3 months.

This measure could have a considerable effect on Peru’s mango exports, with 65% of the country’s fresh mango exports shipped to the EU. The next largest markets are the US (30%), followed by China, Japan, South Korea and Chile.

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New EU regulations for mango imports

New EU regulations for mango imports

The EU will introduce new regulations governing the imports of mango. The new directive will take effect from 1st September 2019. According to the Europe-Africa-Caribbean-Pacific Liaison Committee (COLEACP), importers must act now to ensure compliance. The new rules are a response to high numbers of interceptions of mango imports due to the presence of fruit fly (non-European Tephritidae). On 21 March 2019, the new rules were officially adopted as Commission Implementing Directive (EU) 2019/523, amending Annexes I to V of the EU Plant Health Directive 2000/29/EC. The new directive came into force on 31 March, and will be applied from 1 September 2019

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UK rejects Pakistani mango consignment upon detecting fruit fly

mango pakistan

A consignment of Pakistan’s mangos has been rejected after UK customs authorities detected fruit flies. A shipment of 1,300 kilograms of mangos is now in UK’s quarantine department and is the third consignment from Pakistan to be rejected this season, which ends in September 2018. The UK’s Department of Plant Protection (DPP) immediately suspended the license of the mango exporter and imposed sanctions on its hot-water treatment plant. Meanwhile, Waheed Ahmad, vice-president of the FPCCI and a leading mango exporter, said that the DPP should have conducted inquiries and before taking such action. Ahmad called the act unjustified as it was revealed that the fruit flies were dead and the mangos had undergone appropriate hot-water treatment. A complaint has been lodged with the UK authorities since no inquiries have been carried out with regard to the two previously rejected consignments.

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Tropical Fruit Congress, the point on world and European production of mango and avocado

Tropical Fruit Congress

The Tropical Fruit Congress, held on 11th-12th May within the Macfrut fair in Rimini, was a sell-out. This first edition was dedicated to mango and avocado with speakers from across the world discussing production, trade and consumption trends. The first day focused on marketing and quality, while  the second day, coordinated by  the journalist Pierre Escodo, turned the spotlight on production.

Daniel José Bustamante Canny, president of ProHass Peru outlined how this variety is produced in Peru and other South American producing countries. “Chile is the oldest producer in South America, while Peru is the number-one exporter to European markets. Colombia is the real rising star and has been growing very fast in the past few years. It is the only country that can guarantee supply all year round.”

The Hass variety has conquered Europe and is the most cultivated in South America. According to AMAP data, in 2018 Peru expects to produce over 300 thousand tons of Hass avocado on an area of ​​almost 30,000 hectares. Chile, the second largest supplier of avocados to European markets, has an area of ​​23,500 hectares and produces 225,000 tons of Hass. In third place comes Colombia, with about 80,000 tons from 15,000 hectares. Now the sixth largest exporter to Europe, Colombia has seen exports to the continent increase by over 55% between 2016 and 2017 with a further rise of 33% forecast in 2018.

Outside South America, Europe also has a growing ​​avocado production area. Spain is now the world’s seventh highest producing country, with an area of ​​about 10,000 hectares and a yield of about 6,000 tons per hectare (12% of which is in the Canary Islands). Spanish avocado is entirely sold on the domestic market. Enrique Colilles, general manager of the Spanish company Trops, considered the situation in Europe regarding production, trade and consumption of both avocados and mangoes. “The avocado market is experiencing great growth in consumption in most EU countries, with an average annual per capita of 1 kg (2.5 kg in Scandinavia),” said Colilles. Between 2015 and 2017, European consumption recorded an annual growth of 20% and still has a lot of remaining potential. The industry is now focused on selling the fruit at the perfect degree of ripeness as the consumer is still not able to recognise when this fruit is ripe.” Italy has also started producing avocados, mainly in Sicily, with about 260 hectares on mainly abandoned or exhausted lands that have been reclaimed and converted to the production of this type of fruit.