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Avocado Shipments to the Northeast Drive Growth

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For the four-week period ending February 21,  the U.S. Northeast showed avocado shipments increased 27.4%, according to the Hass Avocado Board.

The Northeast region held a 14% share of total U.S. volume but drove 39% of total incremental units, according to the release.

The New York market led the growth in the Northeast, with unit sales reaching 12 million units, a 29% increase over the prior period.

Nationally, U.S. avocado volume grew 8.8% for the four-week period ending February 21, while dollars increased 0.7%.

The Hass Avocado Board also published a 2020 year-in-review.

The HAB reported:

  • Total volume of avocado fruit sold in the U.S. rose by 6.1% in 2020, from 2.492 billion pounds in 2019 to 2.644 billion pounds in 2020;
  • Bagged fruit saw a rise in popularity at retail. Bagged fruit in many weeks reached about 30% of retail sales, according to HAB; and
  • There was some retail pricing deflation in 2020, the HAB said, with  per fruit pricing coming off the average of $1.15/per fruit in 2019 to closer to $1 per fruit in 2020. The lower pricing was especially seen in the latter part of the year, according to the release.
  • Mexican avocados, tropical fruits and vegetables from South Texas – grossing about $7000 to New York City.

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Dominican Republic Avocados Provide Brooks Tropicals Year-Round supply

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As the 2020-21 Florida tropical avocado season winds down, Brooks Tropicals has been supplementing supplies of their original tropical avocado branded SlimCado™ with fresh fruit from the Dominican Republic.

“We had a pretty good year in terms of crop-size here in Florida”, says Peter Leifermann, VP of Sales and Marketing at Brooks, in a press release. 

“Although we may not quite make our industry-wide goal of bushels, each variety produced a good crop and we were especially pleased with the late fall varieties. 

We have a few more months of Florida fruit to harvest but it will be limited. Our partnerships in the Dominican Republic have allowed us to serve our customers for the entire calendar year.”

To continue to meet growing consumer demand for tropical avocado, Brooks Tropicals has partners in the Dominican Republic that grow and pack that country’s several varieties. 

Almost 30 years ago, Brooks and Agroindustria Ocoena, S.A. (AIOSA) struck a relationship that began with an avocado packing line and continues today with the shared generations of agricultural knowledge between the firms. 

Brooks Tropicals has been growing tropical avocado, fruits, and vegetables in the Caribbean and South Florida for nearly a hundred years and AIOSA began exporting in 1987. Brooks also has another decades-old partner in AMR-AGRO.

Similar to the Florida crop, the Dominican Republic has over 20 different varieties in production, but January begins the transition from a Lula and Semil dominant crop to the Carla variety. 

Carla tropical avocado are characterized by their more round shape – as opposed to pear-like – and being a late season variety, it’s higher oil content.

“Tropical avocados are so near perfect, it’s like they take into consideration our diets!” Leifermann continues. “In the summer they are lighter in flavor, and as the cooler months come they have a richer flavor. The Carla – similar to our proprietary Florida winter varieties – is a delicious fruit that pleases even the most hardened hass-lovers.”

Brooks Tropicals will distribute Carla variety tropical avocado from January until the end of April.



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Strong Avocado Shipments Seen by U.S. Suppliers Through January

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Avocado shipments are expected to be strong with stable volumes over the coming weeks, with an increase in the run-up to the Super Bowl.

The Del Rey Avocado Company reports supplies have been steady over recent weeks, hitting around 50 million pounds per week into the U.S. market.

This pace is likely to continue as volumes are expected to pick up in the new year. A weekly increase in volume to match the demand for the Super Bowl is seen from the middle to the end of January. However, it remains to be seen whether the U.S. market will see volumes of up to 78 million pounds per week for two or three weeks as in previous years.

Mission Produce notes Mexico is producing good volumes through December and leading into the Super Bowl on February 7, the biggest avocado sales period of the year. Volumes over 50 million pounds through December and will continue to grow as we get closer to the Big Game.

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California Avocado Shipments May Crash 48% this Season; Imported Avocados Increase

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A California heatwave in 2018 did a “number” on the California avocado crop, which is expecting its smallest volume in a decade. The heat hit some of the state’s key growing regions, and most shipments this season will be limited to the Western states. Meanwhile, there was significant increase in avocado imports last year.

Current estimates are for production of 175 million pounds (79,000 metric tons), which would be 48 percent lower than last year’s 338 million pounds (153,000MT), according to The California Avocado Committee.

There hasn’t been this small of a crop since the 2009 season, when 174.5 million pounds were produced. Between then and the previous season production has fluctuated greatly, ranging from a high of 534.5 million pounds in 2010 to a low of 216 million pounds in 2017.

Two other major players in the global avocado market during the same period – Peru and South Africa – are expected to have back-to-back seasonal declines in production.

There are areas that should have had much better production which were hit hard by heat that went well over 100 degrees, with some areas reaching 116 or 117 degrees for a short period of time.

Adding to the problem was cold temperatures in the prior months, along with wildfires the previous year.

The duration of the season is set to be shorter than last year, with peak avocado shipments occurring from late March through July, as opposed to last year when volume continued into September.

Imported Avocados

There was a 15 percent increase in U.S. imported avocado volume during 2018, while crop value plunged 11 percent.

Trade statistics from the USDA indicate the total value of U.S. avocado imports totaled $2.35 billion, down from $2.64 billion in 2017. By volume, U.S. imports of avocados reached 1.04 million metric tons, up 15 percent from 900,200 metric tons in 2017.

The USDA reported Mexico accounted for 87 percent of the total volume and 88 percent of the total value of U.S. avocado imports.

U.S. imports of Mexican avocado grew 17 percent by volume but shrunk 11 percent in value in 2018, according to the USDA.

Peru was the second leading avocado supplier to the U.S., accounting for 8 percent of the value and volume of U.S. imports. 

Chile ranked as the third most important avocado supplier, representing 3 percent of both volume and value of U.S. imports.

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Mexican Avocado Imports Should be Up Slightly this Season, Despite Labor Issues

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DSCN0303A Mexican labor dispute that broke out in late October has had U.S. avocado importers anxious, but the issue was resolved November 14th.

What Mexican growers consider low prices for their avocados was at the core of the dispute.  As a result growers had installed checkpoints on all major roads in the Michoacan growing region, preventing picking crews and field trucks from entering the groves, according to the Avocado Producers and Exporting Packers Association of Michoacán (APEAM).

In the U.S., importers were becoming concerned as inventories were quickly declining.  Calavo Growers Inc. of Santa Paula, CA was airing concerns of running of avocado supplies soon.

APEAM said its executives were working to resolve the issue through meetings and conversations with police agencies, the federal government and growers.  The association expressed confidence these actions would soon lead to avocado shipments returning to normal.

Avocado prices began falling last August in anticipation of a bigger crop.  In fact, by mid-October f.o.b. prices of a box of avocados were $12 lower than a year earlier.

Calavo estimated that the U.S. imported 1.9 million pounds of Mexican avocados from July 2017 through June 2018, and he that number was expected to be up to 2.1 million pounds for the current crop year.

McDaniel Fruit Co. of Fallbrook, CA was ware of Mexican grower disappointment in prices, but felt the lower prices were only temporary and the avocado market would rebound.   Meanwhile, the quality of the Mexican avocado crop was looking very good.

Index Fresh Inc. of Riverside, CA was pointing out Mexico is expecting a slightly larger crop for the first time in five years.

Avocado supplies in the U.S. have been low due to the labor strife, although the average consumer probably didn’t notice it.  Importers report it will be weeks before supplies return to normal, plus a lot of avocado supplies will not be ripe in time for Thanksgiving.

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Hauling Opportunities for Fall Tropical Fruit Looks Good

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DSCN0858Some tropical fruit crops have been plagued by weather at the beginning of this year’s hurricane season in some growing regions, while the lasting effects of the 2017 hurricane season continues to be felt in Florida.

Despite these issues, adequate tropical fruit shipments should continue through the fall.


Entering the last several weeks of the Mexican mango shipping season, 64 million boxes had been shipped through July. A total of 83.6 million boxes is projected for the season, about 2 million more boxes than last year.

Kent and keitt are the two predominant varieties coming from the northern states of Mexico for the remainder of the season.  This fall, the transition to off shore mangoes from Brazil, Ecuador and Peru occur with tommy atkins and ataulfo/honey mangoes from Brazil and Ecuador and kents from Peru.

The first shipments of Brazilian mangoes arrived in mid- to late August, followed by Ecuadoran fruit in the last half of September.


Florida avocado production is still seeing the fallout from Hurricane Irma about a year ago.

Unity Groves Corp.,  of Homestead, FL ships green-skin avocados, and is facing a rebuilding years resulting from the hurricane. Volume was slashed by 50 percent when normal shipments would be about 200,000 bushels.  Still, avocado shipments by the company will continue through January.


Veracruz in Mexico’s prime growing region for limes, but production has been limited due to rains.

Amazon Produce Network reports there were some harvesting issues due to weather affecting crossings from Mexico into South Texas, but this has improved.

Unity Groves Corp has noted its Florida lime shipments will be about 50 percent less this year due to Hurricane Irma a year ago.


World Variety Produce of Los Angeles notes there should be normal shipments of other tropical fruits.  Jackfruit got underway in the last half of September and will be available through the fall.  Yellow Dragon from Ecuador is now in normal supply.  Good volumes with white and red dragon fruit out of Vietnam is expected, while red flesh dragon fruits is typically more limited.

It remains to be see whether passion fruit shipments from California will be hurt by hot weather during the growing season.

Taiwan’s starfruit season was launched at the end of September.

Thomas Fresh  of Calgary, Alberta sees high volumes of dragon fruit, pummelo, star fruit and cracked coconut.

HLB Specialties of Pompano Beach, FL handled its first Mexican organic formosa papayas in mid-September.  Brazilian golden papaya imports improved in September.  Additionally, imports of Guatemalan rambutan season will continue until mid-November, and Honduras got underway in early September with good production.

Yellow dragon fruit from Ecuador stared in early September.




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Heat Hits California Avocados; Chilean Mandarin Volume Continues Impressive Growth

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DSCN0872California avocados are dropping from the trees because of triple digit temperatures that have been common since early July….Meanwhile, imported Chilean mandarin volume has have increased nearly five-fold during the past six years.

Some temperatures have hit 115 degrees F.  For example, Del Rey Avocado Co. Inc. of Fallbrook, CA reports avocado groves in San Diego County’s Pauma Valley and Temecula have suffered from the heat. As a result, fruit drop resulting from the heat is expected to cut avocado shipments and possibly increase the price of California avocados in late summer marketed in August, particularly after Labor Day.

The 2019 avocado season could also suffer from this year’s weather, particularly with potential tree damage.

In the southern growing regions of San Diego and Riverside counties, the harvest was about 85 percent finished when the early July heat hit groves.  To date, California growers have harvested about 300 million pounds of fruit.  Most of the remaining crop is in cooler areas, north and toward the coast.

California’s avocado shipments this season was originally estimated to be 350 million pounds, but some observers have lowered their estimate to 320 million or less.

Shipments of about 13 million pounds per week in early July faded to 10 million pounds by mid-July.  California avocado shipments are now dropping sharply.

Imports of Peruvian avocados began arriving in peak volumes in early August and supplies from Mexico are also available.

Chilean Mandarins

The first shipments of Chilean mandarins arrived by boat at U.S. ports in late July with 64 tons on the East Coast and 21 tons for Canada.

Although this season got off to a slower start than last year, Chile expects to ship a record 101,000 tons of mandarins to North America this year, a 32 percent over last year.  In 2012 Chile exported 22,000 tons of mandarins.   Today, the Chilean mandarin industry has become the main supplier of easy peelers to North America.

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Shipping Updates for Springtime Strawberries, Avocados and Apples

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DSCN0444Here are updates on strawberry, avocado and apple shipments.

As of April 7th California strawberry shipments had totaled around 17.5 million trays, which is over 3 million fewer trays than at the same time in 2017.  Likewise, at the same time two years ago  27.4 million trays of strawberries had been shipped.  Factors ranging from heavy rains to cold weather have been blamed for the lighter volume thus far this season.  Assuming improved growing conditions are ahead with the arrival of spring, California shipments are expected to increase soon to over 5 million trays per week and eventually exceed 8 million trays on a weekly basis.

Ventura County strawberries and vegetables – grossing about $7500 to New York City.

Avocado Shipments

If estimates hold about 60 million pounds of avocados will be shipped weekly during the month of April  Over 80 percent of the volume will be imports from Mexico.  With this kind of volume, avocado shipments leading up to Cinco de Mayo (May 5) will comparable to those weeks leading up to the Super Bowl.  The “Big Game” last February resulted in  200 million pounds of the fruit shipped in the four weeks leading up to the football game.

Mexican is in it second half of the season for shipping avocados.  More No. 2 product, is typically shipped this time of the season, but no significant quality issues are being reported.. California’s new season is well underway.

Mexican avocado and vegetables crossing through South Texas – grossing about $5800 to New York City.

Apple Shipments

Significantly more apples remain in U.S. storages as of early April than at this time a year ago.  About 61.3 million (42-pound) cartons of fresh apples were stored as of  April 1st, up 16 percent from 2017 when there were 53.1 million cartons remaining to be shipped, which is 18 percent greater than the five-year average of 51.8 million cartons.

Gala apples remaining is storage were 10.76 million cartons, up 11 percent from 9.6 million cartons in 2017 and 62 percent greater than 6.67 million cartons in 2016.

Fresh Honeycrisp available was at 3.38 million cartons, more than double the 1.45 million cartons in 2017 and 1.61 million cartons on hand two years ago.

Red delicious remaining to be shipped  were pegged at 15.65 million cartons, down 23 pecent compared with 20.2 million cartons in 2017 and up 7 percent from 14.6 million cartons two years ago.

Granny smith apples available were 10.1 million cartons, more than double the 4.8 million cartons in 2017 and 13 percent higher than 7.8 million cartons two years ago.

Yakima Valley apples – grossing about $6700 to New York City.

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Vidala Onions Start Date is April 20th; Updates on California, Avocados and Strawberries

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OnionHarvestThe start date has been set and Vidalia Onion shipments get underway in a couple of weeks.  Meanwhile, here’s an update on California avocado and strawberry shipments.

The Vidalia onion season will officially start on April 20th, which was recently announced by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Vidalia Onion Committee.

A starting date was implemented several years at as some shippers were concerned about immature or low-quality onions hitting the market early in the season.  In 2017, April 12 was the start date, and in 2016 it was April 25.  The packing date is based on soil and weather conditions in the 20-county area approved to market onions as Vidalias.

In 2017 Vidalia onions were grown on more than 11,000 acres.

California Avocado Shipments

This year’s avocado forecast is set at 374.6 million pounds, which is significantly higher than last year’s 215.8 million pounds.  There was the normal light volume in February, but significant volume increase are seen in coming weeks as there will be avocados coming out of both California and Mexico.

With the close of February, 2 million to 4 million pounds per week were being shipped and volume increases of March are expected to continue April until movement eventually hits about 10 million pounds per week.

Ventura County avocados, strawberries and vegetables – grossing about $3900 to Dallas.

California Shipper’s Strawberry Outlook

by California Giant Berry Farms

Watsonville, CA –  Spring conditions have finally arrived in California to help bring on the new strawberry crop for California Giant. Unfortunately, the company missed the chance to take advantage of the early Easter holiday which provides opportunity to build demand and lay the groundwork for a strong spring season. However, conditions have changed significantly and now California Giant is now looking ahead to the next chance with Mother’s Day. 

What initially looked like an early season for the company’s California strawberry crop, didn’t quite happen as growers thought it would. . Additionally, the company had weather issues in their two other regions, Mexico and Florida, which typically helps fill the early season gaps. 

“…In Watsonville and Salinas we expect big beautiful fruit next week bypassing the typical mud crop” says JT Tipton, District Manager for Salinas and Watsonville. Barring any unexpected return of winter conditions, the sales team is looking forward to Mother’s Day ahead and promotable volume to support their key customers.”


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California Avocado Shipments to Ramp Up in March; Mexico is Still Strong; Golden Kiwi Update

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AA7Avocado shipments from both California and Mexico are looking strong, while a big increase is seen coming for imported golden kiwifruit.

Mexican avocado shipping volumes are big the second and third week of January, but reaches a peak in the fourth week of the month leading up the big game February 4th.  It is known as the Super Bowl effect.

The Hass Avocado Board reports 204 million pounds of avocados were shipped into the U.S. during the first four weeks of January.    Of the total amount of avocados, 93 percent were imported from Mexico, with 3.6 percent coming from from California, with 2.7 percent from the Dominican Republic with Chile supplying 0.7 percent.

Despite widespread shortages of trucks being reported around the U.S. in the first half of January, it apparently had minimal affect on shipments for the Super Bowl.

California Avocado Shipping Forecast

Avocado shipments are currently originating both from Mexico and California, although the vast majority are coming from South of the U.S. border.

For example, West Pak Avocado Inc. of Murrieta, CA  sources most of its avocados from Mexico and California and sees good supply and quality this season from both areas.  Mexico will have strong volume continuing into the summer.  California should have good shipments totaling around 374 million pounds.

There was limited California volume is available for the Super Bowl because it is so early in the season, when the limited shipments are typically directed to California receivers.   National California avocado shipments typically ramps up in March and April.

Golden Kiwi Shipments

The golden kiwifruit season for imports from New Zealand recently ended, but importers already are laying plans from the new arrivals coming in May.

Golden kiwifruit imports more than doubled in 2017, with the SunGold variety from Zespri accounting for 80 percent of the category.  The company is based in New Zealand  and set a record with 27.8 million pounds of the fruit imported.

Zespri is planning a 50 percent growth for the coming year and extend the season at the season into March and April.

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