30 Sep 2016
Minister for Primary Industry and Resources
The first ever shipment of Territory mangoes to the United States of America are ready to export this week.
Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles said this latest 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.
This first shipment of mangoes will be provided from Manbulloo Limited Katherine Farm.
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.
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.
The Gunner Labor Government will work with industry, growers and exporters to support the development of the large US market.
Media contact: Sheena Dunne 0406 696 680