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Higueral expects strong pepper and mango supplies this spring

In April, Sonora jalapeño peppers will be shipped in “decent numbers,” according to Edgar Duarte, the general manager of Higueral Produce Inc.

On March 20, Duarte said  Higueral was receiving a low volume of peppers from central and southern Sinaloa. Many Sinaloa crops — especially for growers around Los Mochis — were set back by cold early this year.

In addition to fresh market sales, Higueral enjoys jalapeño contracts with pepper processors. By handling a processed product, those customers aren’t overly concerned about when they receive the jalapeños, but that the volume eventually arrives. As of late March, only about 30 or 40 percent of the contracted market volume had been filled. As Sinaloa production increases this spring, Duarte said he would easily be able to surpass contracted volumes. “I see the market coming off, but with the contracts we should be OK,” he said.

In the mango business he expected quite a bit of volume for late spring and early summer.

More specifically he said that when mango growers in the Escuinapa growing district in southern Sinaloa begin shipping in late April, Mexico’s mango industry will leap forward in volume production and may hit historic industry yields.

With the start of Escuinapa, “you can expect big numbers through September. And you’ll have a price drop,” he said. “We’re at $6 to $8 now, which is good.

“In February there was typical early Mexican volume, except prices are maintaining their level. The market is absorbing the volume because of stronger consumer demand. You have more consumers buying mangos, which is maintaining the market,” he said.