Piñata Farms, exclusive growers of the Honey Gold mango, say that the 2015-2016 season is among its best.
While the overall volume of the fruit to market is down, Honey Gold managed to retain an eight-nine per cent share of the mango market. This was despite hailstorms and poor flowering affecting the smaller south-east Queensland crop.
“As we projected, it was a solid season with a good volume of fruit produced in the main growing regions of the Northern Territory and far north Queensland,” Piñata Farms Managing Director Gavin Scurr said. “Brand recognition continues to build due to a consistency of flavour and volume.
Piñata Farms and some 35 third-party growers produce Honey Gold mangoes on some 700 hectares in the NT, Queensland, NSW, Victoria and WA.
“Consumer demand is the best it has ever been,” Mr Scurr said. “The future for Honey Gold mangoes is pretty exciting.”
A mid-season variety, Honey Gold is the fourth most popular mango in the Australian market. In the next year, Piñata Farms and three third-party growers will plant an additional 50,000 trees for production in October 2020 – bringing the season forward by a month.