THE first ever shipment of Northern Territory mangoes was exported to the USA last week.
The mangoes were picked from Manbulloo Ltd’s Katherine Farm which is preparing for a two month harvest.
Katherine remains one of the biggest mango growing regions in Australia with over 180,000 trees.
It is renowned for the quality of mango produced and sold on the southern markets before Queensland production enters its peak.
Primary Industry Minister Ken Vowles said this latest US export avenue is showing great confidence in the Territory industry and product.
“This is a huge benefit for our Territory mango farmers as the opportunities it can provide will continue to see the industry develop and grow.
“The US market is stable, with clear requirements and 318 million potential mango lovers; a significant opportunity for the NT mango industry,” Minister Vowles said.
Manbulloo managing director Marie Piccone said it is important that US buyers and consumers get to taste amazing Australian mangoes.
“Our unique Australian varieties have wide appeal globally and we’re confident that US consumers will also be impressed.
“The Manbulloo team are pleased to be able to supply Manbulloo Katherine Kensington Pride mangoes early enough for tastings at the PMA Fresh Summit; the peak annual US fresh produce industry meeting being held in Florida in mid-October,” she said.
Buyers from all over North America, and many other markets, come to see what’s new in fruit and vegetables.
This will showcase NT mangoes to retailers and buyers from throughout the US.
“The Manbulloo team would like to thank the team at the Department of Primary Industry and Resources who have been very supportive of export development for the NT mango industry,” Ms Piccone said.
The Territory already exports mangoes to Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, China, South Korea, Japan and Europe.
Research and evidence indicates that the US market will be an attractive opportunity for sweet, high flavoured Territory mangoes.
Mr Vowles said the Government would work with industry, growers and exporters to support the development of the large US market.
Although the Darwin harvest is already well under way, the Australian Mango Industry Association forecasts both growing regions will produce similar amounts in the NT this season, about 1.7 million trays each.
There are market access arrangements in place to import mangoes into the Australian market for Mexico, India, Pakistan, Taiwan and the Philippines.
According to the association, Australia is also negotiating access for fresh Australian mangoes to Taiwan and India.