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Keeping It Fresh: The Importance of Avocado Imports

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By Brandon Demack, ALC McAllen

On the Saturday before Super Bowl Sunday, avocado imports from Mexico into America were put to a complete halt after threatening messages were sent to a United States plant safety inspector’s official phone.

The avocado industry is another victim of the turf battle between the cartels in the western parts of Michoacán and will put a strain on avocado imports into the United States for the foreseeable future. The U.S. health inspector was carrying out inspections in Michoacán when the threat was received, but luckily for consumers, it was the day before the Super Bowl so all shipments of avocados for Super Bowl parties and restaurants were already shipped and weren’t affected.

Avocados are considered “green gold” in Mexico, as it is a multibillion-dollar business and the industry even broke records in 2020 to become the world’s largest producer of “green gold.” Unfortunately, however, as the growth continues to rise, so does the threats from the nine identified cartels operating in the area.

In response to the issues going on with cartels, farmers have been starting to arm themselves and establish self-defense groups to combat this to the reluctance of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. This violence and issues in Michoacán will hopefully subside sooner than later.

The U.S. responded to the threatening messages by putting more security measures in place for inspectors. On February 18, 2022, it was announced that the inspection of avocados in Michoacán would resume. The rapid response to the threat shows the importance of a working supply chain between Mexico and the U.S.

It would have been hard to fill the large gap left by the lack of avocados coming from Mexico. Mexico provides around 80% of avocados consumed in the U.S. and a longer ban would have drastically impacted the supply of avocados in the U.S. With the resumption of imports, consumers do not have to worry about a shortage or price hikes and can continue to enjoy avocados.

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Brandon Demack has been with the Allen Lund Company since July 2011. He first started in the Dallas office and in March of 2019 he transferred to the McAllen office becoming the operations manager of produce. Demack attended the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

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Avocado Shipments for Cinco de Mayo are 25% above Last Year

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Mexican avocado exports to American companies will hit 78,000 tons in preparation for Cinco de Mayo, the biggest Mexican celebration in the U.S.

The event is a commemoration of Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

The Mexican avocado imports this year is a 25 percent increase over this time in 2018 when 58,730 tons of the fruit was imported. The big boost is being attributed primarily to greater promotions by retailers.

Mexican exports over 80 percent of their avocados to the U.S. each year.
The Mexican state of Michoacán exported 121,0908 tons of avocado to the U.S. for the Super Bowl LIII.

In the U.S., this celebration has become a time where Mexican people celebrate their heritage. It is so big and important that it gets confused with the celebration of Mexico’s Independence.

Mexican avocado, other produce through South Texas – grossing about $4900 to New York City.



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Avocado Loadings in Florida, Mexico and Texas

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AvocadoFLFlorida  avocado shippers expect to harvest smaller volumes during the latter part of their season.

Peak Florida volumes are July and August although the region continues to ship fruit through February.  Late season loadings will be  10% lighter than earlier season shipments.

Overall, the deal, which typically begins in early June, is expecting to ship about 1 million bushels, lower than last year’s 1.2 million bushels

Avocado Imports

Chilean avocado shipments to the U.S. should be light again this season as they were in 2014-15 season.

It was September before any Chilean avocado imports reached the U.S.    About 1.1 million pounds of Chilean avocados arrived the week of Sept. 6, with 3.3 million pounds expected the week of Oct. 4 and 4.7 million boxes the week of Oct. 18.

But even when Chilean volumes hit 4.7 million boxes, they will be dwarfed by an estimated 37 million boxes that week from Mexico. with the vast majority of it crossing into South Texas.  The Chileans have developed a good domestic market for avocados and have been exported more to Europe.

Mexican volumes, primarily crossing the U.S./Mexico border at McAllen, TX, will be huge throughout the season.  California is expecting a big crop in its upcoming season.

In August, Mexico shipped about twice as many avocados as it did in August 2014, with September volumes  forecast to be up 50%.

By the end of 2015, a projected 2.1 billion pounds of avocados will have shipped in the U.S., 14% more than last year.  And with the massive growth in Mexico, shippers can meet demand even if Chile winds up taking another largely hands-off approach to the U.S. market this season.

Mexican fruit and vegetable imports through South Texas – grossing about $2100 to Atlanta.

 

 

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