Tropical fruit accounted for 1% of produce department sales. Comprised of mango, kiwi, papaya, pomegranate, tomatillo, dates, coconut, figs and other tropical fruit, the category sold an average of $404 per store per week nationally, up 10.5% during the 52 weeks ending Oct. 30 compared with the previous year.
Mango and papaya, two of the three highest-selling varieties, had dollar growth above the category average with respective increases of 23% and 16.2%.
Evaluating regional differences in tropical fruit, the East region led sales with $513 per store per week. A gap of $197 occurred between the top-selling East region and the bottom-selling South region, which sold an average of $316 per store per week.
The West region had the most significant dollar sales increase of 17% but was the second-lowest dollar contributor at $355 per store per week.