Mango supplies in Canada are somewhat scarce, particularly on bigger sizing.
“We can’t get enough right now from Mexico regardless of what the pricing has been like,” says Robert Papa of Broadview Produce Company Inc. based in Etobicoke, Ontario. He adds that mango supplies are more scarce this season than they have been historically and attributes this to a variety of factors including inflation, lack of labor, increased input costs and more. “I think all of that is being pushed all the way to the end consumer.”
Currently, Broadview Produce is bringing in Kent and Haden mangoes that are running smaller than normal, although are good quality, clean fruit. Ataulfo mangoes, which he notes are starting production earlier and earlier each year, are also wrapping up and should finish next month. Broadview Produce is also bringing in the Mallika variety of mango in both organic and conventional which it will carry until the end of August. “It’s very popular–a lot of people are finding it a nice alternative to a regular Tommy Atkins or Kent or Haden. The look is similar to an Ataulfo, but it’s flatter and greener in skin. It doesn’t really ripen in full yellow and the taste is very very unique,” Papa says.
Strong demand too
At the same time, demand is good for mangoes and stronger than it’s historically been at this time of year. “Typically June-July can be a softer market but there are definitely a lot more people looking for fruit and just more interest all the way around,” says Papa.
This, given there are stronger prices on mangoes across the board. “It’s been higher and prices are staying up there. Even when at times when prices fall historically, they’re not.”
Looking ahead, Papa noes that the transition from the Kent variety to the Keitt variety will happen in the beginning of August.
* This article is excerpted from the Fresh Plaza website, publication date: July 8th, 2022