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Live! From the Crespo Organic Kitchen

June 15, 2022

Learn from, cook with or just watch our in house mango cracker-jack’s (Nissa) mango prowess

 

Event Description: Tuesdays are the perfect day to jump on Instagram and watch LIVE!! what’s happening inside the Crespo Organic Kitchen in Blue Eye, Mo. Nissa, who also directs the organic mango program for El Grupo Crespo is a noted culinary expert and founder of Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center. She’s been lending, expanding and sharing her culinary herbal expertise for over 25 years now and has become a leader in mango recipe development. She’s a noted cooking instructor, food writer and recipe developer. In addition  to handling all the organic sales for Crespo she (and herb Ger-Nis team) manages all of the marketing content, PR and branding for Crespo Organic and RCF. Almost off of the recipes and photography you see throughout our website, POP materials, social media and blogs is hers. She will be the first to admit she has a great culinary and marketing team- the elves that edit and tweak her creative ideas into perfection.

You will always find her traveling the globe in search of food and cultural knowledge and ideas, while working with small farmers in her produce consultancy business specializing in sustainable, organic, fair trade and local agriculture. She writes about fresh herbs on her blog MyHerbalRoots.com and educates consumers about organic mangoes UnderTheMangoTree.CrespoOrganic.com

Every Tuesday during Summer Mango Mania you will find her live on Crespo’s instagram and sometimes also on her own. She’s fun to watch and her recipes are easily recreated with success.

Date(s): Every Tuesday Between June 19th – July 31st
Time: 7:30 PM PM CST
Location: VIRTUAL! Watch on Instagram!

Details: @CrespoOrganic Instagram or @PicoyPero (Nissa’s Instagram)

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Instagram Reels Sundays #CrespoPeople

June 14, 2022

Summer Mango Mania Education (The People)

Event Description: Crespo Organic is a Mexican Organic produce brand specializing in the production, distribution and marketing of organic mangoes.  The brand is part of El Grupo Crespo, a Mexican family business that began around 1960 with local market chili peppers and which rapidly expanded into production and packing of fresh mangoes.  Crespo Organic Mangoes/RCF Produce (El Grupo Crespo’s USA distribution and marketing company) are one of the largest  Mexican- direct trade growers, shippers and marketers, as well as direct consumer product educators of organic mangoes in North America.

We grow, ship and pack mangoes all over Mexico. We market all over North America.

Our people are the roots of our brand. We want you to know us/them! Jump onto Instagram every Sunday during Summer Mango Mania and learn who they are. They are also our customers, retailers and shoppers, including the little Crespo niños out there!

Date(s): Every Sunday Between June 19th – July 31st
Time: 1:00 PM CST
Location: VIRTUAL! Watch on Instagram!

Details: @CrespoOrganic Instagram

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What the heck is Crespo Organic Summer Mango Mania?

June 13, 2022

Quick answer: #MangoJoy by way of #MuchosMangoes PRICED RIGHT

Summer:  the warmest season of the year, in the northern hemisphere from June to August
Mango: a tropical oval or oblong fruit with succulent and juicy aromatic pulp and firm varying color blush toned skin and a hard central pit
Mania: an excessive enthusiasm or desire; an obsession

 The mango’s popularity is soaring to new heights amongst Americans as they learn what the rest of the world already knew about the most widely consumed fruit globally. It is versatile and delicious and, thanks to the proximity of Mexico and Crespo Organic, priced perfectly at the peak of summertime.

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Bring it to the BBQ

May 31, 2022

A quick mango bean salad that you’ll be bringing to every BBQ

Bean salads make a healthy and filling summer meal. They are packed with protein, can be served cold and withstand sitting out at the BBQ. This one is super quick to toss together and laden with healthy vegetables and tasty mangoes. A spicy -enough for all, but not too spicy- vinaigrette tops it off. This is the dish you will want to bring to the BBQ all summer, trust us.

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Mango & Peach Summer Tea Spritzer

May 31, 2022

Lightly fermented summer thirst quencher that will wow everyone

Last summer I  wrote a lovely blog post on my other blog, My Herbal-Roots about refreshing and herbal non-alcoholic drinks for the summer. (I also touched on how alcoholism has effected my own personal life and how important it is to keep making non-alcoholic drinks that actual taste good.

In that post I a mango herbal punch was included, and, I adapted this recipe from that one.  I use a method of lightly fermenting fruit in a mason jar, allowing it to macerate alongside seasonal herbs and spices and then turn that into a syrup and then mix it with coconut water for a refreshing summer beverage san the booze! The result is a deeply layered and ultra-flavorful summer drink that feels like a cocktail, but keeps you sober.

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Mango Chinese Chicken Salad

May 28, 2022

The crunchy salad of summer

This is one of our favorite summer salads. Its filling, easy to make and wonderfully delicious (also healthy). We love adding mangoes to this classic salad, not only do they take the place of the often-soggy mandarin oranges, but they bring a slight tropical twist to this crunchy and beautiful salad. Giving the chicken some extra tenderness and flavor and yielding a silkier dressing.

During mango season we keep a jar of mango puree in the refrigerator and use it in dressings, marinades, and sweet things, it’s a great way to use up ripe mangoes.

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Empaque don Jorge (El Original)

May 15, 2022

Boasting the most efficient and modern mango pack house around

Disclaimer: This is a boastful and prideful post about a packing house that I truly believe in. I’m one of a few globally well-traveled industry folks with an extremely diverse make up of commodities, markets, cultures and systems. I have seen a lot of packing houses and “sheds” in my travels and none like this one. Boasting this facility and the Crespo’s is the natural outcome of my true beliefs.

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We don’t talk enough about the quality of packing houses in our business and yet this is the one place that  can make or break a program, the place that usually solves and/or causes most problems in terms of product quality, food safety and compliances. Most fruits and vegetables are harvested and then brought to a packing house or shed where they are then packed into various bulk or retail packaging. These large and small sorting/packing hubs serve as the distribution outlet for the farm  and/or the farmers. These facilities can be modern, elaborate, high tech, clean and simple, dirty and even  bare bones covered (shaded) tables where things like fresh herbs are packed right out of the field.

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Challenging Transition on the Foreground

April 20, 2022

Mature southern fruit + late Nayarit entrance = complex changeover

By definition the word foreground insinuates a seemingly larger position of prominence.  I choose to use that word here as it’s important that we all understand the complexities that are looming in the mango world, as Mexico prepares to transition from the southern producing regions to the northern ones.

By no means it is a dire situation facing us, at least not for us, but it is one that will require us to work together in cooperation in order to keep things smooth for  increasing sales and consumer satisfaction; consumers, who this time of year begin to consume more and more mangoes, as we need them to.

The northern regions of Nayarit and southern Sinaloa start back-to-back. They  are rather large and long producing regions with extraordinary outputs in quantity. That wall of mangoes that ensues when these regions begin general production lasts around 3-4 months (and often longer) and coincides with peak consumer consumption or what we know as SUMMERTIME.

They key to moving through the upcoming transitional complexities and lack with enough finesse so that we can keep consumers happy, register pricing moving downward and mangoes flowing in and out quickly; so that we are ready for the even bigger displays, and even lower prices that move them rapidly into the hands and mouths of mango eaters, is as usual the sharing of real and accurate information from the ground in Mexico.

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Pick Your Promotion!

March 16, 2022

Crespo Organic 2022 Season Promotional Calendar is Out!

Bits and pieces or the whole package… we have what you need, and it’s not just #MuchosMangoes sales! We can help you build and shape durable mango programs that educate, engage and entice your shoppers all season long and keep them coming back for more. Season after season you’ll be met with a reputable, reliable brand—a Direct-Trade program, no less—from orchard to table. It’s the real thing!

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Celebrating Courageous, Confident Women

March 8, 2022

Confident, courageous women #BreaktheBias

I have some OPINIONS about today, if you have interest- these are my opinions, keep that in mind!

International Women’s Day comes up every year and, like those other weird 24-hour holidays like Father’s Day or Mother’s Day whose concepts seem like they should stretch beyond a mere 24-hour day, it barely makes a mark on my world of produce. It hits the social media circuit and then runs off, much like the many promotions and recognition qualified women deserve yet don’t receive.

The day is said to honor women globally, “celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Marking a call to action for accelerating gender parity.” (I highly recommend clicking HERE and reading the definition of parity.) It seems like a particularly awesome concept that one would think our industry would jump on more. Yet, my inbox with the token produce newsletters was void of anything women-centric, let alone a recognition of today, March 8th, International Women’s Day (with the exception of the Fresh Fruit Portal – kudos!).

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