A Review of the Supply Chain Management of Fresh Mangoes: Implications to the Supply Chain Management Of New Products from Mango By-Products
This study identified and described the supply chain management of new products from mango by-products in Cebu, Philippines. New products derived from mango by-products are mango kernel flour, mango butter, mango kernel tea, feed mix, mango pectin, mango polyphenols, and mango seed husk briquettes, to name a few. Expectedly, mango waste processors like GEMS are wholly dependent on the mango wastes such as peels, seeds, and husks produced by the mango processor. A review of the supply chain management of fresh mangoes with emphasis on its implications for the supply chain management of new products from mango by-products may provide directions for a more sustainable operation for mango waste processors.
The study interviewed leaders of associations of mango growers and processors, key officers of Profoods International Inc, one of the largest mango processing firms in the Philippines and Green Enviro Management Systems Inc. (GEMS), a mango waste processing company based in Cebu and the only mango waste processor in the country. It also used secondary data from the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Development.
Findings of the study highlight the problems and limitations of the key players in the fresh mango supply chain in relation to the mango waste supply chain. The challenges faced by mango growers are additional capital requirements, weather risks, pesticide dependence and effects, marketing-related concerns, lack of government support, uneven profit sharing and pilferage.
Mango food processors, on the other hand, face the challenge of providing the promised products to foreign buyers on a regular basis. Moreover, should there be a low supply of fresh mangoes, the processing plant may not be able to meet its full production capacity and may incur certain losses in excess labor.
The study recommends exploring the possibility of developing the capability of the Philippine Mango Industry Foundation, Inc.(PMIFI) as the supply chain manager considering it has worked hand-in-hand with the various key players in the fresh mango supply chain who are also members of the foundation. The study further suggests that the mango growers be considered as phase one of the CSR projects for GEMS and document the practices, processes, and performance metrics of the mango growers.