The Queensland government has awarded commercial rights to three new varieties of mangoes to Australia’s largest grower of Kensington Pride mangoes, Mango Road.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and minister for Rural Communities, Mark Furner, said the Manbulloo Group’s marketing, management and export company, Mango Road, had been selected to manage the launch of the new varieties.
“Mango Road’s proven and unrivalled track record in all aspects of the mango supply chain make them a standout choice to commercialise the new varieties,” Furner said.
“Their wealth of knowledge and experience in product development, growing, harvesting, quality management, packing, branding, marketing, supply chain management, export and ongoing research and development, perfectly positions them to take these three excellent mango varieties forward.
“Commercialising these new varieties will mean mango lovers will have more choice when shopping and will also drive growth in business and employment opportunities in regional Queensland.”
Mango Road managing director, Marie Piccone, said the new varieties (NMBP-1201, NMBP-1243 and NMBP-4069) would complement the iconic Kensington Pride variety.
“Kensington Pride is Australia’s favourite mango variety, and its delicious flavour will be expanded as Kensington Pride is a parent of all three varieties,” Piccone said. “The new varieties display characteristics such as higher productivity in some regions, earlier and later fruit maturity and harvest timing, and an attractive appearance and good shelf life.
“Their flavour profiles are similar to Kensington Pride, providing an eating experience so loved by consumers in Australia and globally. Mango Road is excited to commercialise the new varieties which showcase our commitment to delivering the next generation of mango varieties to delight consumers and sustain profitability for growers.”
Furner said the new varieties were developed during the National Mango Breeding Program (NMBP) to address the limitations of existing varieties.
“The three new varieties were chosen from 1,850 new hybrid lines developed since the NMBP was established in 1994 and can truly be described as elite,” he said.
“Their attributes of attractive coloured fruit, desirable flavour, shape and size made them a standout to the NMBP’s judging panel. They have been through rigorous development and assessment processes so that consumers can be sure of their quality, and we can be confident that they will add to our reputation for producing safe and delicious food.”