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Good news for mango lovers. Sweet, firm, yellow Banganapalli mangoes, straight from the farms of Andhra Pradesh, are now available in Atlanta stores.
“We work directly with the growers of the mangoes and were finally able to get our first consignment on Banganapalli mangoes in recently for the Atlanta community,” said Davinder Sawhney of Accent Fusion LLC, a startup company based in Atlanta that imports temperature managed produce ( fruits and vegetables).
“We have been researching mango transportation and storage and began our efforts to get Alphonsos, Kesar and Banganapallis imported directly into Atlanta from India early this year,” he said, adding “We plan to take on the daunting task and fill the holes currently present in fresh produce market and make Indian fruits accessible anywhere in US.”
The company has also designed a model to ship the mangoes to any retail store in USA. “We put the mangoes in specially designed cooler boxes which are generally used in pharmaceutical shipping to keep the temperature for the mangoes ideal for transportation,” said Sawhney. “We have shipped as far as California. We have partnered with state of the art perishable goods cooler warehouse facility to give us the ideal 55 deg temperature for the mangoes and the treatment it needs.”
Banganapalli mangoes, also spelt Baiganpalli or Beganpalli, are large sized, weighing on an average 350-400 grams. The pulp is fibreless, firm and yellow with a very sweet taste..
Accent Fusion does forced air cooling treatment to bring down the temperature on arrival of these mangoes and manage the temperature at 55 which is ideal temperature for mangoes based on research done by UC Davis.
The response for the first consignment has been tremendous, says Sawhney.
“We are almost sold out in no time. The response from our Andhra community and others of southern Indian heritage has been great. Our first shipment delivery in North Carolina was greeted by a group of mangoites at 10.30 at night who were waiting at the retail store to get a glimpse of the produce from their motherland.”
The kind of fruit is currently sold by the box of 4kg each, each averaging 8 -10 mangoes, based on their sizes.