FreshPro is trialing Myanmar avocados in the UK, thanks to an agreement with the country’s exporter association
UK importer FreshPro Imports has
established an exclusive agreement with Mavo, the Myanmar Avocado
Producer and Exporter Association, and the British Chamber of Commerce
in Myanmar to trial Myanmar avocados on the UK market.
Surrey-based firm received its first consignment of Hass, Buccaneer and
Amara varieties last week, and expects further airfreight arrivals in
“We have already received a small airfreight shipment and
are currently assessing the consignment and have sampled one of the
large UK avocado suppliers to the UK retailers and are awaiting full
feedback of the initial trials,” FreshPro’s Chris Fagg told FPJ.
impressions of the avocado arrival are promising. We have also
delivered samples to the Myanmar Embassy in London who were very keen to
see the first arrivals from Myanmar into the UK.”
The main season
for Myanmar avocados is October though to February/March, but the
country has different climates so supply would not be limited to this
period, Fagg said.
“It is very early days, but growers are looking
to gain the appropriate certificates to be able to export to the UK. We
have pinpointed a couple of growers that have good packing sites that
with a little input will be able to achieve correct accreditation for
the UK/European marketplace. These are mainly in the state of Shan,”
“There are more growers coming onboard, but first we
have to do some trials to ensure that shelf life etc will be good. We
think that the Amara variety has good prospects as it has a similar
profile to the Hass in shape and sizing. There are also other varieties
which we think may fit other windows in the import season,” Fagg said.
agreement with Mavo came about thanks to the British Chamber of
Commerce in Myanmar, who put the two in contact with one another, Fagg
Mavo has over 3,000 members and Myanmar produced around
30,000 tonnes of avocado last year, of which around one-third was
exported around Asia, with the remainder kept for local consumption,