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Walmart honoured as top US mango retailer

The NMB said Campisi, senior director of quality control at Walmart, took the lead in making Walmart the first retailer in the US to pursue a year round ripe and ready to eat mango program, establishing its in-house ripening program and training QC teams to condition mangos.

Walmart has been singled out from over 100 retailers in America for special recognition as a mango retailer.

The US National Mango Board (NMB) named Walmart’s Wynn Peterson and Gary Campisi the 2016 Mango Retailers of the Year.

The award recognises retailers that go above and beyond to offer strong consistent support to the mango industry, and deliver outstanding mango promotion results, and was announced on October 16 during the PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo in Orlando, Florida.

In a press release, the NMB said Peterson, a senior produce merchant at Walmart, envisioned that making Walmart the destination for mangos in the US would be good for business, “not just good for their produce business, but good for their overall store sales.

“He convinced upper management to invest in an aggressive promotion and pricing strategy, which included huge mango displays featured in prime store locations.”

Peterson said improving freshness has been a strategic focus for us at Walmart for the past two years. “Our suppliers have partnered with us to help take days out of our supply chain so that our Walmart customers are enjoying fresher produce than ever.”

“Even after a few years of excellent sales performance, we still have tremendous upside as we work together to introduce more people to this delicious fruit,” he said.

Left to right: Wendy McManus, Retail Program Manager at the NMB; Wynn Peterson, Senior Produce Merchant at Walmart; Gary Campisi, Senior Director of Quality Control at Walmart; and Manuel Michel, Executive Director at the NMB.

The NMB said Campisi, senior director of quality control at Walmart, took the lead in making Walmart the first retailer in the US to pursue a year round ripe and ready to eat mango program, establishing its in-house ripening program and training QC teams to condition mangos.

“Since 2012, the NMB and their ripening experts (and their persistence!) have helped Walmart develop a mango ripening program that would provide a better eating experience for our customers which would in turn increase sales. We have definitely seen the increase in customer demand with significant year over year growth in the mango category,” Campisi said.

NMB retail program manager Wendy McManus said Walmart has fundamentally changed its US mango business model over the past couple of years. “And because they are the largest retailer in the US, their focus on mangos has impacted the entire industry, whether you sell directly to them or not,” she said.

Source: www.mango.org/en/Utility/Media/Press-Releases/Produce-Trade-Press-Release/Wynn-Peterson-and-Gary-Campisi-of-Walmart-are-Hono

 

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New mango crop report for US market

Mango volumes from Mexico to the US are extremely strong now, according to the most recent mango crop report by the Florida-based National Mango Board (NMB).

Mango volumes from Mexico to the US are extremely strong now, according to the most recent mango crop report by the Florida-based National Mango Board (NMB).

The board works with mango organisations in mango producing countries to get projections and shipment volume information and below are some details from its summary of the current summer mango crop development.

Mexico

Total mango shipments from Mexico this year are expected to total about 66-70 million boxes.The summer mango season started later than in recent years, but volumes are now very strong, the board’s crop report says.
The Mexican mango harvest is currently making the transition from central pacific coast states (Colima, Jalisco, Nayarit, and Sinaloa) into the Northern Sinaloa region. North Sinaloa began harvesting at the end of June, and approximately 10 million boxes are expected from this region.

Haiti

Mangos from Haiti are also now in the market. The Haitian mango season is expected to run through September to total about 2 million boxes with Madam Francis the main variety.

Brazil

Brazil’s mango season is due to kick off in the first week of August, with arrivals to the US starting mid-August as Mexico’s volume start to decline.
Brazil’s crop volume is expected to be about 7.5 million boxes.
The peak of the Brazilian season is expected to occur around the third week of September to mid-October, with the season wrapping up in the middle of November.
The main varieties in this country are Tommy Atkins, Ataulfo and Palmer.

About the National Mango Board’s mango crop report

The NMB’s Crop Report is updated every 7-14 days with information from the countries that are currently shipping mangos, will soon begin shipping or that have recently ended shipment to the US.

To stay in the know on mango volumes in the market, visit Mango.org/Crop.

The National Mango Board is an agriculture promotion group supported by assessments from both domestic and imported mangos. The board’s vision, to bring the world’s love of mangos to the US, was designed to drive awareness and consumption of fresh mangos in the US marketplace.

All photos © 2014 National Mango Board and used by permission of the National Mango Board. All rights reserved.

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How to avoid chilling injury to mangos: to be covered in May webinar

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The crucial mango topic of proper temperature management will be under the spotlight in a free mango quality webinar being hosted by America’s National Mango Board (NMB) on Thursday, May 7.

With chilling injury one of the most common problems found in mangos at retail level in the US, proper mango temperature management is extremely important, the NMB said in a press release regardin gthe webinar. Chilling injury can interfere in the mango ripening process, resulting in a flavourless and unappealing fruit with a reduced postharvest life, it said.

During the webinar, Dr. Jeffrey Brecht, from the University of Florida, will share best practices for reducing and preventing chilling injury to mangos in warehouses, distribution centers and stores. information on safe chilling threshold temperatures for different varieties and maturities of mangos and emphasis on the importance of temperature when ripening mangos at different distribution facilities/warehouses and stores, will be provided.

Exciting’ trends in fresh-cut mango sales also on the agenda

The webinar will also include a wealth of mango category information and consumer research with insights into consumer preferences and barriers to mango purchase.

Insights into how the mango category is growing at retail level will be provided by NMB retail program manager Wendy McManus, who will discuss data that can help the mango industry understand the short and long-term trends in mango movement, including exciting trends in fresh-cut mango sales.

Lastly, there will be a focus on the strongest mango per capita markets and sub-regions, and which markets represent the greatest opportunities.   

“This webinar will focus on the opportunities that exist when proper temperature management is implemented throughout the mango supply chain, as well as highlight valuable mango category development information for the industry,” NMB Executive Director Manuel Michel said.

Mango importers, wholesalers and brokers, retail distribution centers, quality assurance experts, buyers, category managers and merchandisers are encouraged to attend.

Click here to register for the free webinar

National Mango Board website.