Panorama Produce has mango imports mastered
With 20 years of experience directly importing mangos from South and Central America, one could certainly say that Mamaroneck, NY-based Panorama Produce Sales has mastered the art of mangos.
“We specialize in mangos and we have an onsite inspector who inspects every pallet for quality, condition, pressure, Brix and internal color,” said Eric Nagelberg, who handles imports and sales for the company.
Panorama Produce carries many different varieties of mango, including Tommy Atkins, Kent, Keitt, and Ataulfo, and is the second largest importer of Brazilian mangos, according to Nagelberg.
“The South American mango deal just started with Brazil and quality on the first shipment was excellent,” he said.
While the volume of mangos from South America appears to be normal, Nagelberg did note that there are still logistical challenges resulting from supply chain chaos caused by COVID-19, and hopes customers can understand the obstacles growers are facing due to inflation.
“It has been a very challenging year due to high costs from sea freight, transportation, cardboard and fertilizer,” he said. “Finding labor has been a challenge and has impacted the ability to repack produce and to find transportation.”
Despite those challenges, Nagelberg remains confident in his team’s ability to overcome any obstacle and be better for it.
“We are trying to plan further in advance to be prepared for any anticipated challenges in the future,” Nagelberg said. “We are trying to be more flexible in an effort to find creative solutions to any issue.”
Helping to solve some of those issues is Michael Nienkirk, who the company recently hired to work with Aaron Johnson out of its West Coast sales office.
“He has been an excellent addition,” Nagelberg said. “We have had a West Coast sales office for seven years, which has helped us distribute mangos throughout the country to both regional and national accounts.”
Overall, Panorama Produce Sales is looking forward to the South American mango deal, Nagelberg said. “We believe it’s a critical season due to high input costs,” he concluded.