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New PLU Code Approved For Francis Mango Variety

by National Mango Board
Posted: 2012-01-11 08:49:45 EST

Orlando, Fla. – The International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS), the group responsible for setting PLU codes, has approved PLU code 3621 for the Francis mango variety. Retailers, shippers and growers are encouraged to update their systems and label stock immediately so the code can be in use for the 2012 Haitian mango season.

Francis mango usually begins shipping from Haiti in mid-April, with peak volumes in May, June and July. During the 2011 season, Haiti shipped approximately 2.2 million boxes of Francis mangos to the United States. South Florida is the primary entry port for Haitian mangos.

The new code will end a long-standing conflict in the coding system that left the Francis variety with no good option for a PLU code. The National Mango Board (NMB) played a lead role in applying for the new code, at the request of several prominent Francis mango shippers and the Association Nationale Des Exportateurs De Mangues (ANEM), the mango growers association in Haiti. 

“Applying for a new PLU code is not particularly difficult, but it should be a carefully considered move,” said William Watson, NMB executive director. “The NMB spoke to dozens of retailers, shippers and growers to ensure support before moving ahead in the application process.”

The NMB will continue to spread the word about the new PLU code 3621 to ensure a seamless integration when Haiti begins shipping the Francis mango this spring.

Francis is a beautiful mango with a rich, sweet and slightly spicy flavor. The deep orange flesh is soft, juicy and fibrous. The skin of the Francis mango is yellow and green with no red. The green overtones diminish and the yellow turns more golden as the mango ripens. As with all mangos, squeeze gently to judge ripeness.

About National Mango Board

The National Mango Board is a national promotion and research organization, which is supported by assessments from both domestic and imported mangos. The board was designed to drive awareness and consumption of fresh mangos in the U.S. One cup of mango is only 100 calories, an excellent source of vitamins A and C, a good source of fiber and an amazing source of tropical flavor.

Mango availability per capita has quadrupled since 1990 to an estimated 2.24 pounds per year in 2010. Mango import volume for 2010 was 770 million pounds. Learn more at

Source: National Mango Board 

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