Kingston Fresh announced that its mango crop from Ecuador will get an early start this year, which is fortuitous timing considering the high customer demand for the fruit.
"Kingston is excited to announce the first arrivals of the season of our Ecuadorian mangos," Ken Nabal, president of Idaho Falls, ID-based Kingston Fresh, said in a press release. "Although volume will be light to start, it will be much anticipated to help filla supply void left from reduced mango volumes from Brazil year to date. Our first containers will be shipped during the week of October 9.
"Overall quality looks great to start and season forecasts call for volumes similar to last season," Nabal added in the press release. "The size profile will be heavy to 10- to 12-count calibers with peak volume slated for the mid-November through mid-December period, which is ideal for key holiday retail promotions."
The company announced earlier that is has changed its name to Kingston Fresh as part of a rebranding initiative.
"For over 40 years our customers, with good reason, have had great confidence in the 'Kingston' label," David O. Kingston, chief executive officer of Kingston Fresh, added in the press release. "As we continue our aggressive imports expansion plans, which include mangos, rest assured that the Kingston logo will be prominently displayed along with its 'Planting to Plate' tag line that emphasizes the company's relentless commitment to food safety and quality."