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Australia plans to double mango exports to U.S. in 2016-17

While Australian mangoes only represent a tiny percentage of the U.S. market, the relative newcomer is set to expand its presence in North America this year.

Speaking with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA) CEO Robert Gray said hopes were high the sector could double U.S.-bound shipments this year from last season’s 100 metric tons (MT).

In addition, Northern Territory mangoes are expected to be exported to the market for the first time with four businesses registered from the Katherine region.

“Last year we only used Queensland fruit, which meant we only had half the season to supply,” Gray told the broadcaster.

“The aim this year is to start in October and have product going into the US for the full four or five months of the Australian mango season.”

In June, Gray told the industry would also be testing new trade routes into the U.S. market this year.

Australia currently has a testing protocol for mango exports to the country.

Italy: CSO releases 2016-17 pear forecast

O.I. Pera president Gianni Amidei says the lower volumes should be easily absorbed by the market. 

Provisional estimates from Italy’s predominant pear-growing region show production is likely to be down this year, but growers are choosing to focus on the positives of taking less weight off a European market still struggling with the impacts of the Russian ban. peras_88084450 npanorama

In a release, the country’s Centro Servizi Ortofrutticoli (CSO) highlighted the estimates stemming from an O.I. Pera Coordination Committee meeting in Ferrara on July 14.

In Emilia-Romagna, which accounts for 70% of Italian pear cultivation, provisional estimates stand at 448,000 metric tons (MT), representing a 13% fall year-on-year.

From a production standpoint, the leading variety Abate Fetel is in for a 14% reduction at 220,000MT, while other key varieties are set for less fruit including Williams (-11%) and Conference (-13%).

The expected drops are greater still for Santa Maria (-25%), Kaiser (-19%) and Decana (-17%).

“The new business year, given the estimates, is definitely positive,” said O.I. Pera president Gianni Amidei.

“It is believed this production can be easily absorbed by the market, given the extent of product demand in recent years.

During the meeting, the majority of participants also highlighted a need to set strict sizing standards for Conference pears in order to safeguard quality.