Produce importer Minor Weir & Willis this week received its first consignment of new season Puerto Rican Keitt mangoes.
The shipment represented the start of a campaign that will run to August. The company will be handling about 2,500 tonnes for the season.
Keitt is well suited to Britain as there is growing demand for less fibrous varieties, both for the whole fruit and cut fruit sectors.
The variety is supported by smaller volumes of Parvin and Palmer varieties.
Sudhir Mehta, commercial director of Minor Weir & Willis, said the company’s supply arrangements for Puerto Rican mangoes had been improved through a partnership with grower Martex Farms.
“This is the key to both varietal development and the long season.
“The farms have focused on having fruit available during the traditionally difficult supply months of April and May, with grafting programmes ensuring that most of this fruit is of preferred varieties.”