The National Mango Board (NMB), in conjunction with the University of California, Davis (Department of Plant Science) and the University of Florida (IFAS Center for Food Distribution and Retailing), will be hosting a free Mango Temperature Management and Ripening Program Webinar on Thursday, Apr. 4, 2013 at 4 pm EST.
In its second year of execution, the NMB’s Ripe Ready to Eat Mango (RRTEM) program will have its first chance to share initial findings with the industry through this free webinar. Ripening experts are creating a complete descriptive analysis of Tommy Atkins, Kent, Ataulfo, Keitt, Haden and Francis mango cultivars from the top six producing countries. A minimum quality index will be developed to help determine the minimum quality standards consumers will accept, engaging them to purchase mangos and increase consumer satisfaction. In addition, extensive testing of fruit temperatures throughout the distribution system are being conducted to consistently deliver fruit of high-eating quality and increase mango consumption for current and future consumers.
“Appropriate temperature management is an important component to improve consumers’ mango eating experience and knowing the opportunities of improvement is beneficial to the industry. Consumers continue to tell us they do not know when a mango is ripe,” says William Watson, NMB executive director. “Our mango ripening pilot program is designed to provide tools for the industry to consider if they want to develop their own ripening system. We have seen considerable growth of many other commodities that have been packed and shipped through a ripening program. There is still much more research to do but feel we are on the right path.”
This free webinar will provide an overview of the NMB’s RRTEMP initiative by Wendy McManus (NMB), store audits and distribution center visits by Dennis Kihlstadius (Produce Technical Services), temperature management at warehouses and stores by Dr. Jeffrey Brecht (University of Florida), and consumer acceptance for mangos by Dr. Carlos Crisosto (University of California, Davis).
Who should attend?
- Mango importers, wholesalers and brokers
- Retail distribution center and quality assurance experts
- Buyers, category managers and merchandisers
In addition, the NMB also designed a new back room piece titled “Treat me like a banana!” to help inform retail produce departments that like bananas, mango should not be refrigerated in the back room or on display. It also states that mangos can suffer chill damage and loss of flavor if held below 54 degrees. The piece will be posted in produce departments across the country. The new back room piece is in the retail section of mango.org.
For more information or to register for this webinar, please visit www.mango.org/webinar.