Amid indications that the US would allow import of Indian mangoes this season, a leading American trade body said that the Indian varieties of the delicious fruit was likely to dominate the 2.50 lakh tonne US market if import was allowed.
"Since the news about the possibility of import of Indian mangoes to the US appeared, we have been getting frequent queries from speciality grocery stores as well as transporters," spokesperson of the United States Indian Business Council (USIBC) told the agency in an e-mailed statement.
The spokesperson said although US consumers were relatively unfamiliar to mangoes, in recent years the fruit was getting popular, following import from mainly Mexico.
As a result, the Mexican variety of mango dominated the US market which has a size of 2.5 lakh tonne per annum.
"Mexican mangoes do not compare in terms of sweetness and varieties offered by the Indian mangoes," the spokesperson however said.
USIBC has been steadily building up a case for allowing import of Indian mangoes to the US in recent years.
As part of the same exercise the Council planned to organise the first-ever 'Indian Mango Tasting Festival' at its Global India Summit to be held during the 32nd Anniversary at Washington from June 27.