Colombian Sugar Mango Arrives in the U.S. Market
In December 2022, the Colombian agricultural industry achieved a significant victory when the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved Colombian sugar mangoes for import.
Growers and exporters won approval by proving that they could fully comply with
the phytosanitary and commercial requirements set by U.S. authorities.
The industry has worked for years to access this highly coveted market because the U.S. is one of the largest consumers of mangoes. Colombian sugar mango growers can now expand their market presence and grow their profits.
What exactly is a sugar mango, and where is it produced?
Sugar mango, known as “Sugar Baby,” is a distinct variety cultivated exclusively in Colombia. It stands out for its exceptional sweetness and juiciness, which explains its name.
Noteworthy regions for sugar mango production include Magdalena, located on the country’s north coast, where warm and humid climatic conditions are conducive to cultivation. La Guajira, also on the north coast, boasts a warm climate and suitable soil. In the central region, Tolima is renowned for its diverse fruit production, favorable climate, and fertile soils. Valle del Cauca, in the southwest, is famous for its agricultural output and land suitable for high-quality mangoes. Lastly, Cesar, in the northern region, benefits from favorable climatic conditions and a longstanding tradition in fruit production.
Colfrutta, the company behind this outstanding achievement
Producer company Colfrutta is responsible for Colombian sugar mangoes entering the United States for the first time.
This company met all the market requirements and worked with the sanitary and commercial authorities of Colombia and the United States.
Furthermore, Colfrutta’s pioneering efforts may pave the way for more companies to meet export requirements in the near future. This potential increase in shipped volumes will help meet consumer demand and satisfy the market.
Sources: The Packer, El Colombiano, Portal Frutícola