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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.

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