Volume 4 | Issue 3 | March 2009
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If you’ve ever been interested in becoming a board member on the National Mango Board, be sure to check out the article below about the nominations process. But hurry – nominations are due May 6th!

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Nominations Update

The 2009 nomination period is now open. The deadline for nominations to be received at National Mango Board’s office is May 6. The following positions are available:
  • 1 Domestic Producer
  • 1 First Handler
  • 2 Importers – District 1
  • 2 Foreign Producers

  • These positions are for 3-year terms starting in January 2010. Click here for the answers to frequently asked questions about the nominations process.

    For the Domestic Producer, First Handler and Importer positions, the nominations process starts by downloading and completing one of the following nominations packets:
    Domestic Producer
    First Handler

    The Foreign Producer nominations are handled through the foreign mango organizations. Please contact the mango association in your country if you are interested in being nominated as a Foreign Producer.

    For a listing of the current board members, click here.

    Mango PLU Code Update

    Several new PLU codes for mangos have been added over the past few years and the NMB wants to ensure that all retailers and mango industry members are aware of these codes. The most recent addition is PLU 3114 for Keitt Mango size 7 and larger. After extensive research the NMB successfully applied for this new PLU code to accommodate these extra-large Keitt mangos coming out of Mexico. Several large retailers were trying to establish a 2-size Keitt program and were unable to manage these transactions without a unique PLU code for the extra large fruit.

    The NMB is sharing this information with retailers across the U.S. to ensure they have the most up-to-date information about mango PLU codes. Our goal is that everyone is making decisions using the same set of guidelines, so we’ve created a PLU codes flyer to help spread the word.

    It’s very important that you communicate with your retail customers before starting to use a new or different PLU code. Just because a new code is entered into the PLU codes database doesn’t mean every retailer will be prepared to use the new code. You will want to be sure they are set up to accept the code in their system before shipping fruit with a new PLU code.

    Produce Traceability and the GS-1 DataBar

    Most of you have been hearing about the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) and the GS-1 DataBar and wondering how they will affect you. The PTI will bring changes that will affect the entire produce industry, and both PMA and United have taken a lead role in helping the industry make this transition as smooth as possible.

    According the resources provided by these organizations, the PTI is an effort to bring the entire U.S. produce industry to a standardized system of case and pallet identification that will allow for traceback through the supply chain. The PTI does not extend to the item level identification. The PTI brings together a comprehensive system of common and standardized protocols and technologies to make this traceback capability a reality. Adoption of this system is being driven by retailers and large grower/shippers, and will filter down to smaller players as retailers begin to require compliance and set their own timelines. The PTI is not a legal requirement at this time, so all timelines proposed in the PTI documents are recommendations. Based on what we know today, specific compliance deadlines will be driven by your retail customers. It makes sense to begin educating yourself so you are ready when that call comes.

    The GS-1 DataBar is a barcode technology that allows for more information to be stored in a scannable barcode that is much smaller than a traditional UPC barcode. The GS-1 DataBar was originally referred to as Reduced Space Symbology or RSS. The GS-1 Databar is not a part of the PTI. They are two separate issues. The PTI provides for traceback down to the case level, while the GS-1 DataBar will be used for item-level identification.

    Related to both of these topics is the Global Trade Identification Number (GTIN), which is the numbering system that will be used for both PTI and the GS1 DataBar. Each company will be responsible for setting up their GTIN codes and coordinating with their retail customers to accept shipments with those codes.

    To help you get started on the path to understanding the Produce Traceability Initiative, the GS-1 DataBar and GTIN, we are providing the following links where you can find detailed information on these topics.

    PMA’s Produce Traceability Resource Page
    PMA’s Produce Traceability vs. GS-1 DataBar Page
    Produce Traceability Action Plan
    Produce Traceability Initiative Site
    United Fresh Produce Association’s Produce Traceability Resource Page
    Produce Business, January 2009, 10 Questions Regarding Traceability

    Mango Handling Best Practices Webinar

    On March 17th, the National Mango Board in conjunction with the UC-Davis Post Harvest Technology Research & Information Center hosted a webinar designed to educate importers and retailers about mango handling best practices to improve quality. This 90-minute interactive session allowed industry members to participate without leaving their offices, using their own computer and telephone.

    Topics included:
  • The mango’s journey from tree to consumer
  • Assessment of mango quality, including cultivar differences and available tools
  • Best practices for mango handling at the warehouse, distribution center and retail levels

  • Approximately 120 retailers and mango industry members registered for this special event. For those who were unable to attend, the webinar presentation was recorded and will be posted on our web site within the next few weeks.

    Mango Cutting Line Drawings

    A series of three line drawings showing how to cut a mango are now available from the National Mango Board. Whenever your graphics opportunity allows for full-color photos, we suggest our series of 3 “how to cut” photos. However, these new line drawings are perfect for use on a box or any other one-color graphic. Click here for the new line drawings and here for the jpg or eps files.

    National Mango Board In The News

    Produce News, March 16, 2009, Mango board offers promotional push for retail and consumers

    Produce News, March 16, 2009, Mango board issues tips for best handling practices at retail level

    And Now U Know, March 11, 2009, “Shop Talk” video news featuring the Mango Handling Best Practices Webinar

    Produce Merchandising online, March 3 2009, Mango Handling Best Practices Webinar
    The Packer, March 2 2009, Seminar Emphasizes Practices Policies

    Fresh Plaza, February 26 2009, Mango Handling Best Practices Webinar Presented by National Mango Board

    Produce Business, March 2009, NMB Elects New Officers

    Chef, March 2009, National Mango Board updates Web site for foodservice

    Mango Irradiation Report

    The NMB recently commissioned a report on the status of mango irradiation in eight countries, plus an overview of the process and USDA-APHIS requirements. Click here for the irradiation report.

    Ripening & Ethylene Management Workshop

    The UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center will hold its 15th Annual Ripening & Ethylene Management Workshop on April 28-29 on the University of California, Davis campus. This educational outreach event is focused specifically on producer business category and it is intended for shippers and destination handlers. For more information click here.

    Crop Forecast

    Your NMB Director of Research coordinates and analyzes the information provided by the mango-producing countries to bring you the Mango Crop Forecast. This document includes projections, recent volumes and recent pricing history and it’s updated roughly once per week.

    Did you know you can sign up to receive an alert email each time the mango crop forecast is updated? Click here for the sign up form.

    Please note - if you visit the crop forecast frequently, you might find that you need to refresh your page to see the newest crop forecast. This is because the older version is saved your computer’s cache. A click on “refresh page” or “reload page” should bring up the newest crop forecast document.

    Industry Outreach Meetings

    The National Mango Board met with mango industry members in Antigua, Guatemala on February 19. The next stop for the Industry Outreach Meeting is McAllen, Texas on April 1. These meetings are designed to share information about marketing, research and industry relations programs developed by the National Mango Board to serve the mango industry. Detailed information is posted in the calendar section of mango.org.

    Next Board Meeting

    The NMB’s next board meeting will take place in Los Mochis, Mexico during the week of September 7, 2009. Check out the calendar section for more details.