In this installment of the ‘Agronometrics In Charts’ series, Valeria Concha studies the evolution of mango volumes in the US market. Each week the series looks at a different horticultural commodity, focusing on a specific origin or topic visualizing the market factors that are driving change.
In the United States, the marketing of mangoes has grown largely due to efforts to educate consumers about their nutritional benefits and the industry in general. Among the benefits associated with mango consumption are: Improved Nutrient Intakes and Diet Quality and Weight-Related Health Outcomes. According to Manuel Michel, the National Mango Board’s Executive Director, “It is expected that U.S. mango consumption will continue growing steadily for the foreseeable future”.
The volumes of conventional imported mangoes in the US market increased by 23% in 2020, compared to 2019. However, during 2021 volumes decreased by 7% compared to the previous year. This season, the volume accumulated until week 37 has been almost 426 thousand tons, a value 2% higher than the same period of the previous season and 13% lower than that accumulated in 2020.
Mexico is the main supplier of mangoes in the US, followed mainly by Brazil, Ecuador and Peru, countries that supply the market, once shipments from Mexico decrease.
During week 37, the total volume of mangoes imported in the US market was registered at 9,920 tons, 91.2% of which was from Mexico, which in recent weeks was affected by heavy rains, threatening to cause its season to end earlier than usual. According to the last Mango Crop Report, the first shipments from Brazil to the United States were made in week 34.
This season, between weeks 17 and 29, the daily average price was higher than that recorded in the last two seasons, while between weeks 30 and 32, prices were on average higher than 2021, but lower than those in 2020. Between weeks 33 and 36, prices were on average lower than those registered weekly in 2021 and 2020. Week 37 saw prices at $4.72 per package, a 4.42 percent hike compared to the previous week; while prices were similar to those recorded in 2020, they were 11% lower than those registered in 2021.
As for organic mangoes, Nissa Pierson of Crespo Organic Mangoes agreed that with regards to organic mangoes, “growth will continue at a large and fast rate”. Volumes in the US market increased almost 14 times in 2021, compared to 2020. This season, until week 37, about 35 thousand tons have been accumulated, 15% less than were recorded during the same period in the previous season, however, weekly volumes have been more or less constant.
Written by: Valeria Concha