Products & Concepts
The products & concepts that Total Exotics offers is mainly focused on Ready-to-eat Avocados and Mangoes.
Besides that occasionaly on stock are the following products: Asparagus, Limes, Pommegranates, Passionfruit, Figs, Sweet potatoes, Pineapple, Ginger, Chinese and Thai vegetables, Beans and peas, Baby vegetables, Sharon fruit, Pomelo, Carambola, Lychees, Papaya, Pithaya, Physalis, Rambutan, Butternut squash.
We sell products direct from source, loose or packed, ripened or regular. Besides, products can be packed in one of our brands or in private label.
The ‘Hass’ avocado received its name from Rudolph Hass, a postman in Whittier, California, USA. In the 1920s, Rudolph Hass planted an avocado tree in his yard. The variety’s development was almost an accident: Hass planned to cut the tree down after he was unable to successfully graft other varieties to the tree. According to the California Avocado Commission, the children of Rudolph Hass insisted the tree remain, for they liked the avocados better than the avocados from the family’s ‘Fuerte’ tree.
Even today Hass Avocados continue to surpass Fuerte and all other varieties as the preferred export avocado. Although Hass Avocado was well-suited to southern climates only, Total Exotics now offers a year-round program with Hass Avocado including a strong contingency program to enable to ripen the best quality by using products of the middle of the seasons. By doing so, we control continuous high quality of our ripened and packed products. The rich, nutty flavor originally has persisted as ‘Hass’ cultivars were improved for cultivation in Spain and Israel, as well as in various southern hemisphere production areas.
Besides the highest quality of the Hass variety, there are still markets driven by greenskin avocados. Therefor, Total Exotics drives year-round availability of greenskin avocados as well.
According to mango consumers, flavor is the most important. In the past eight years, Total Exotics has seen customers move away from appearance as a driving factor for mango purchases. Today, European consumers are more concerned about mango flavor, texture and aroma as 60% of consumer satisfaction is determined by taste.
The concern over flavor and texture is why Total Exotics has focused away from handling older commercial mango varieties like Tommy Atkins and Hayden. Although reliable producers, such varieties are too fibrous with less desirable eating characteristics. Instead, Total Exotics has focused on Kent and Keitt thanks to its juiciness, sweetness and good value for money.
Kent and Keitt production has increased globally, in areas like Sao Paulo, Brazil, to respond to European demand. To complement Kent and Keitt, Total Exotics has worked with producers worldwide to incorporate newer mango varieties with desirable flavor characteristics, such as Palmer (a premium mango variety with little or no fibre in its flesh), Osteen (with a distinctive deep red or purple color and lacks fibres in its sweet flesh), Shelly (almost smooth, sweet flesh), May (a smaller, round mango with deep yellow flesh and delicious taste).
Ripened & Packed concepts
Hass avocados for export to Europe are harvested while still green. This allows for ripening during and after transport. Total Exotics has successfully introduced an innovative twin-pack for retail that includes consumer information and enhances consumer’s experience.
Total Exotics ripened & packed concepts always contain the highest quality standards.
Total Exotics can serve by the following packagings:
Flowpack (with printed foil or stickered), Nets (with winelabel) and Girsac.
Attached a sheet with different packaging possibilities: Packaging Possibilities Total Exotics BV Netherlands