About Us

With many years of combined industry experience Freska Produce International, LLC was established in August 2004 with the sole purpose of sourcing the freshest mangos from around the world. As of now we are the mango leaders in the markets of the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Freska Produce International sources mangos from Brazil, Ecuador, Perú and México. We have availability 365 days a year with varieties such as Hadens, Tommy Atkins, Ataulfos, Kents and Keitts. Our year round availability means that there is no seasonality of our mangos and consistent supplies available to you.

About Mangos

Freska MangosThe mango originated in Southeast Asia where it has been grown for over 4,000 years. Over the years, mango groves have spread to many parts of the tropical and sub-tropical world where the climate allows the mango to grow best. Mango trees are evergreens that will grow to 60 feet tall.

The mango tree will fruit 4 to 6 years after planting. Mango trees require hot, dry periods to set and produce a good crop. Most of the mangos sold in the United States are imported from Mexico, Haiti, the Caribbean and South America. Today, there are over 1,000 different varieties of mangos throughout the world.

Mango Consumption Facts

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  • Seasonality of mangos is a driving factor in purchasing patterns.
  • During the height of mango season from April through August, approximately 5% of survey households indicated buying mangos. By early November, when less fruit was available, only 2.7% of households said they were buying mangos.
  • Currently only about 4% of the white, non-Hispanic population in the U.S. is likely to buy mangos, researchers found. However, this group makes up 61% of the U.S. population. Promoting mangos specifically to this group could help to boost mango demand substantially. Asian consumers were the most likely ethnic group to buy mangos according to the survey, with 19% saying they purchased the tropical fruit. Asians comprise 3% of the U.S. population currently. Nearly 8% of black consumers surveyed indicated they bought mangos. African American consumers make up about 16% of the U.S. population. Nearly 7% of Hispanic shoppers surveyed purchased mangos in a two-week shopping period. Hispanics make up about 11% of the nation’s population.
  • Research found that a typical buyer purchases 2 to 3 whole mangos per trip and spends about $1 per mango (the amount spent per mango ranged from 76 cents to $1.35). Consumers’ spending on mangos during a given two-week period ranged from a low of $2.02 to a high of $3.23.
  • About 6% of shoppers of all income levels indicated a probability of purchasing mangos.
  • Health issues appear to have little impact on whether consumers decide to buy mangos or not.
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  • Households that indicated various health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol showed very little difference from other families’ mango purchasing patterns, Ward found. Also, the chances of buying mango seemed to decline among households with people who count calories, but the chances of buying the tropical fruit increased among those who exercise more.
  • Those who like to try new foods showed a likelihood of buying mangos that ranged from a low of 2.2% to a high of 8.8%. Consumers of organic fruit were more likely to buy mangos than the average consumer, with the likelihood of purchase ranging from 4% to 10%.
  • During peak season, nearly 90% of mangos are purchased as whole mangos, while 10% are bought as fresh-cut product. As the fresh season winds down, sales of fresh-cut product increase. Sales of fresh-cut product in the last year ranged from 3% of sales during peak season to 25% of sales during the off-season.

Nutritional Information & Benefits

  • Mangos are an excellent source of vitamins A & C, a good source of fiber, and an amazing source of tropical flavor
  • Mangos are an excellent source of vitamins C and A, both important antioxidant nutrients. Vitamin C promotes healthy immune function and collagen formation. Vitamin A is important for vision and bone growth.
  • Mangos are a good source of dietary fiber. Diets low in fat and high in fiber-containing grain products, fruits and vegetables are associated with a reduced risk of some types of cancer.
  • Mangos contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals.
  • Mangos are free of sodium, fat and cholesterol.
  • One cup of sliced mangos has just 110 calories.
  • Mangos deliver a host of nutrients and make healthy eating a delightful sensory experience. The versatile mango is available year round and adds delicious flavor to a balanced diet.

Vitamin C

  • Supports healthy cognitive and neurologic function
  • Required for collagen formation
  • Increases the absorption of non-heme iron, or the form of iron present in plant-based foods
  • Plays an important role in immune function
  • Important for wound healing
  • Keeps gums and teeth healthy

Vitamin A

  • Critical for vision
  • Important for immune function
  • May be important for reproductive health
  • Helps maintain healthy skin
  • Plays a role in bone growth

Folate

  • May help reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with a brain or spinal cord defect
  • Helps the body make red blood cells and DNA
  • Supports healthy cardiovascular function

Fiber

  • Makes you feel full faster helping support weight management
  • Aids Digestion
  • Helps control constipation
  • Slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream

Vitamin B6

  • Involved in immune function
  • Plays a role in cognitive development
  • Helps the body maintain normal blood sugar levels
  • Helps the body make hemoglobin – which carries the oxygen in red blood cells to tissues throughout the body
  • Helps maintain normal nerve function

Copper

  • Helps form red blood cells
  • Supports healthy immune function
  • Helps to maintain bone health