In January, Panorama Produce Sales Inc. of Mamaroneck, NY, will celebrate its 30th anniversary as an importer and broker in the fresh produce industry.
The firm was founded by brothers Jeff and Rick Nagelberg and includes Jeff’s son, Eric. “We are all integral parts of the company,” said Jeff.
When first founded, mangos weren’t on the firm’s product list, but Mr. Nagelberg said they have become the biggest item they sell. “We got into mangos about 10 years ago,” he said. “Today our program continues to expand as we concentrate on providing a high level of service to both our growers and our customers. We have a very good program and source from many different countries.”
He said the company imports from virtually all of the South American and Central American countries that are in the deal over the next several months. That list includes Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala and Costa Rica.
Brazil shipments began in early September and this season they should last until the middle of November. Ecuador fruit will hit the Northeast in mid-November with the first Peruvian mangos slated for December. Eric Nagelberg said the company’s contacts in South America have revealed that Ecuador is a little later than usual because of cold weather and so the firm is expecting to handle Brazilian fruit a bit longer than is typical. He said the early Brazilian fruit was of excellent quality.
“At the moment, demand is extremely good,” he said on Friday, Sept. 7. “We don’t expect there to be an increase in supplies anytime soon. In fact, I expect the prices and supplies to stay in their current range until at least the middle of October.”
A couple of days later, Jeff Nagelberg agreed that the mango situation was very strong for the mid-September time period and for the foreseeable future. “Our program is expanding and we expect to do more mango volume this year,” he said.