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California Avocado Shipments May Hit 400 Million Pounds

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While total avocado volume is small compared to Mexico, California avocado shipments for 2020 is expected to reach nearly 400 million pounds — nearly an 85 percent increase over last year.

Loadings are expected to continue into September with limited volume extending into October.

This year’s crop has benefited both from naturally being a larger crop in the alternate-bearing cycle and excellent growing conditions.


This year’s crop has benefited both from naturally being a larger crop in the alternate-bearing cycle and excellent growing conditions.


Henry Avocado Corp. of Escondido, CA has finished its avocado program in the southern part of California, but will continue to ship from the north,  in August through October.

Shipments will take place in Ventura County, transition to the Santa Barbara/Goleta area and then move northeast into the Santa Maria area and as far as Morro Bay and the San Luis Obispo.

The company points out it takes longer to grow in the northern area, so they have fruit available later in the summer and into the early fall, depending on the size of the crop.

Eco Farms of Temecula, CA, report loadings to retail supermarkets made up for the company’s drop in foodservice business that resulted from restaurant closures prompted by the corona virus pandemic.

California’s avocado season actually peaks in May and June, before the official start of summer. Peak weeks for California this year were the last week of April and the first week of May. May was the biggest month for California avocado shipments.

The market needed avocados at that time because Peruvian imports were late arriving in the U.S.

Del Rey Avocado Co. Inc. of Fallbrook, CA expects Del Rey to finish its California shipments in mid-October, about a month later than most other shippers.

 

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California Avocado Shipments Well Ahead of Last Season

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California avocado shipments are far outpacing last season, primarily because of heavy demand from retailers in early and mid-March amid the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the California Avocado Commission reports loadings have now slowed down in line with retail demand.

Despite retail orders being offset somewhat by the huge drop in foodservice demand, California avocado growers harvested nearly 46.7 million pounds this season through March 22.

This compares to only 5.1 million pounds for the same time last year. Some of this increase is due to a larger crop in 2020, but much is due to strong early-season demand. There has been a lot consumers stocking up and panic-buying, especially with the start of the pandemic, but there have been some expectations of softer retail traffic going into April. This has resulted in many growers to temporarily slow down on harvesting.

Unlike some produce items, mature avocados can remain safely on their trees, providing some harvesting flexibility.

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California Avocado Shipments Should be Up 70% from 2019

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California avocado shipments should experience a huge rebound this year with 369 million pounds forecast. This is about a 70 percent increase over 2019.

Still, California is a small player compared to the volume out of Mexico. While some California avocados are shipped to the East Coast, the vast amount goes to markets in the Western states. Last year, with a small crop, most destinations were to markets in California.

The California Avocado Commission of Irvine reports early-season volume has slightly exceeded projections. Peak loadings should occur from April through July and continue through Labor Day.

Some growers started harvesting in mid January due to strong markets and their big crops, with others starting in February.

Index Fresh Inc. of Riverside, CA plans to have good volume into September.

Calavo Growers Inc. of Santa Paula, CA also had an early start. Two years ago the company was hit harder than most by fires in groves as well as a heat wave.

Another reason California growers have started shipping sooner was due less volume this year from Mexico.

Mission Produce Inc. of Oxnard, CA started a month earlier this season than originally planned.

Eco Farms of Temecula, CA got off to a slow start in January, but loadings picked up in February.

Henry Avocado Corp. of Escondido, CA was shipping light volume in February, but shipments picked up in March, and the company will be full capacity from April to July, before starting to taper off in August.

The company has some spring and summer fruit going to customers in the East, but most of its fruit stays on the West Coast.

The Giumarra Cos. of Los Angeles has two California packinghouses, one in Escondido and one in Ventura and is shipping from both facilities.

Southern California avocados and citrus – grossing about $6400 to New York City.


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More Volume, Longer Season is Seen for California Avocado Shipments

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California avocado shipments should hit 369 million pounds, a 70 percent increase over last season.

Unlike a year ago when shipments were limited primarily to the Western states, much wider distribution is possible, according to the California Avocado Commission.

The forecast for the big increase in shipments is attributed increased rains resulting in improved health of the trees and a better fruit set.

California avocado shipments remain relatively light, but will be increasing through March, with peak volume continuing from April through the summer, with smaller supplies lasting into September.

Despite a much larger crop, California avocado shipments will be going mainly to markets in California and the Western states. California avocado volume pales in comparison to shipments from Mexico, which is the primary supplier to two thirds of the U.S.

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Big Jump in U.S. avocado imports from Latin America

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U.S. imports had significant increases in Hass avocados from all Latin American origins through September this year, the USDA reports.


Total imports from the region rose by 20 percent over last year during a nine-month period.

The growth came amid the lowest California avocado shipments in a decade, which created a supply gap for overseas producers.

A lot of the increase was due to Mexico with its rising avocado volume.

But there were also substantial increases in percentage terms from Peru, Chile, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia.

U.S. imports from Peru – the next biggest origin – rose by 24 percent, which is more than triple the amount imported from Peru in 2016, and also comes amid a 15 percent reduction in total Peruvian exports this season.

Chilean exports to the U.S. rose by 61 percent in 2019 through September. This increase came despite the Chilean avocado indsutry also forecasting lower total supplies from a year ago for the 2019-20 season.

Meanwhile, the U.S. imported five-times more Hass avocados from the Dominican Republic.

And U.S. imports from Colombia rose eight-fold from in August 2017 under a restrictive export protocol. This was eased a little earlier last year and an significant increase in avocado shipments to the U.S. is seen over the next few years.

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Domestic and Imported Avocado Loadings are Expected to Increase

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As the California avocado shipping season is virtually over, imports from Mexico, which have been lighter than usual, will increase significantly in the months ahead.

Mexico shipped about 2 billion pounds of avocados to the U.S. during its 2018-19 season, up from about 1.9 billion pounds for the 2017-18 season.

However, Mexican avocado imports crashed last summer. For example, during the last week of June, Mexico shipped only about 8.6 million pounds to the U.S., off from about 30 million pounds in 2018.


Volume from Mexico should gradually start to build in October and November, as the main crop begins harvesting, with January through August being the heart of the season.

Peruvian avocado exporters also had an off year, but still managed to ship more avocados to the U.S. than last year to help fill the gap caused by short crops in California and Mexico.

The Peruvian Avocado Commission reports Peruvian growers will ship an estimated 189 million pounds of avocados to the U.S. this season compared to 180 million last season.

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The Chilean Avocado Importers Association reports Chilean avocado growers are expected to export about 65 million pounds of avocados to the U.S. during the 2019-20 season, which is similar to volume exported during the past two seasons.

California avocado shipments should total 190 million to 200 million pounds of avocados by the time their season ends this month, compared to just over 360 million pounds last year, according to the California Avocado Commission.


Calavo Growers Inc., Santa Paula, Calif., expected to finish its California crop by the end of August, said Rob Wedin, vice president of sales and marketing.


Brooks Tropicals Inc. of Homestead, FL notes Florida is expected to ship about 800,000 bushels of green-skin avocados this season, which began in May and can continue as late as April. The company accounts for about 40 percent of Florida’s avocado volume.

American avocado observers point to optimism about the coming year, with some industry experts predicting overall avocado volume in the U.S. from all sources could reach 3 billion pounds.

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LGS is Increasing Imports of Spanish Fruit; Fewer California Avocados this Season

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LGS Specialty Sales of New Rochelle, N.Y., is importing more Spanish fruit including lemons, clementines and Vanilla Persimmons, also known as rojo brillante.

LGS also imports and distributes citrus, grapes and avocados. The Spanish fruit is grown in the Valencia and Murcia regions. The company imports lemons from Spain year-round.

“Spain’s Mediterranean climate consistently grows exceptional fruit and we are excited to export more of their products to provide the U.S. market with top-quality produce year-round,” Rebekah McMurrain, persimmons category manager at LGS, said in a news release. “Both Spanish lemons and ready-to-eat Vanilla Persimmons are favorite varieties in Europe and we are pleased to offer them to U.S shoppers.”

The Vanilla Persimmon, a hybrid of the hachiya and fuyu varieties, is available now through February, according to the release. Like the fuyu, it is ready to eat.

California Avocados

California avocado shipments for the 2018-19 season are expected to plunge by nearly 50 percent compared to the 2017-18 season.
The California Avocado Commission 2018-19 preseason crop estimate for all varieties is 175 million pounds, with 167 million pounds of the hass variety.

The lower volume is due to various weather factors including a severe heat wave in July 2018.

Because of the expected drop in shipments, most avocado loads will be destined to California and other western markets

Shipments will be building into March with peak availability from April through August.

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Mexican Avocado Shipments will be Lighter Through September

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DSCN0866Fewer Mexican avocado shipments are expected through September as there will be a transition from the old to the new crop.

Mission Produce Inc. of Oxnard, CA expects both the size of the fruit as well as the tonnage out of Mexico to be off a little through most of the month of September as the industry moves into the flora loca — or off-bloom — avocado crop, which bridges the gap between the old crop and the aventajada crop, which will get underway in the fall.

The company does not expect to see huge tonnage from the flora loca crop, although the fruit size should be fairly normal, but will lean toward the smaller sizes.

Although finding big fruit was a challenge in August and continues to be in September, for a driver hauling product, it doesn’t matter.

There also is expected to be higher quality avocados from the flora loca crop, than with the old crop, where the percentage of No. 2-grade fruit exceeded 20 percent.

Calavo Growers Inc. of Santa Paula, CA  has noted the current summer crop from Mexico is pretty good, but it is not great.  However, the company expects to see good volume out of Mexico this fall, similar to last year.

 2016 was the first year Mexico had a smaller crop for export to the U.S., and now Mexico is  coming back with its second good crop in a row.

The Giumarra Cos. of Los Angeles observes the Mexico avocado season has several blooms, allowing the country to ship product the year-round.  As a result, Giumarra and many other U.S. avocado shippers rely heavily on Mexico.

Currently, California avocado shipments are winding down as the season comes to a close.  Meanwhile, the Mexican flora loca crop is comparatively light.  This is very typical as July, August and September always have fewer avocado shipments.

 

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California Avocado Shipments will Continue into September

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Riverside, C.A. — California avocado shipments are is well underway, with strong weeks occurring since March and promotable volumes ahead for the remainder of the season. Excellent quality has been driving strong demand as California Hass fills retailer shelves and enhances restaurant offerings.

The California harvest is estimated to be about a third complete, leaving Hass volume for the summer into September. Volume was available for strong shipments leading up to the key avocado holidays of Memorial Day and the 4th of July and will be good as well for Labor Day.  Index Fresh is excited about providing quality fruit and promotional support for these summer celebrations.

Index Fresh rolled out the first GEM program in mid-April with positive support from retail and growers. The GEM is a new variety with exciting visual, flavor and peelability attributes, that presents an opportunity to excite the consumer and expand the avocado category as a complement to Hass.

The 2018 California season is off to a strong start, with tremendous opportunity ahead for the rest of the year.

ABOUT INDEX FRESH

Index Fresh is a worldwide marketer of avocados, sourcing from all major growing regions around the globe, including California, Mexico, Peru, and Chile. Through its dedication to quality, consistency, and innovation, Index Fresh continues to be a leader in the industry. Over the years the company has earned its reputation for quality and integrity with an unwavering commitment to honesty, hard work, and providing outstanding results to their partners — growers and trade alike.

Headquartered in California, the company has facilities spread across Texas, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Ohio, Colorado, and Illinois. Early this year, Index Fresh also started operations at its new packing, bagging, and ripening facility in Pharr, TX.

California has avocados commercially produced by more than 2,000 growers in the golden state.

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Southern California avocados – grossing about $8300 to New York City.

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2018 Should Mean Big Rebound in California Avocado Shipments

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DSCN98462018 will be a big rebound for California avocado shipments, if some observers are correct.   Conventional avocado volume is expected to hit  2.275 billion pounds in 2017.

The Hass Avocado Board of Mission Viejo, CA believes there will be a 90 million-pound increase from 2,189 billion pounds in 2016.  There should be a lot more avocados for hauling next year, with early projections ranging from 400 million to 425 million pounds.  Those statistics include avocados from California, Peru, Chile and the Dominican Republic.

Mexico exported 1.7 billion pounds of avocados to the U.S. the shipping year ending in June, which was off from the original estimate of almost 2 billion pounds.

U.S. avocado volume has been increasing an average of about 15 percent over the past 10 to 15 years, but 2017 was the first year when the total shipments declined.

As supplies of California and Peruvian fruit taper off in late August and into early September, loading opportunities will be limited until Mexico’s aventajada crop starts ramping up in September.  California’s 200-million-pound crop was about half the size of last year’s.

With Mexico’s next crop starting in September, it is expected to significantly boost loading opportunities with an expected  1,000 or more trucks per week.  Mexico will hit its stride after Labor Day,with 45 million to 50 million-pound being shipped a week.

Peru doubled its exports to the U.S. this year compared to 2016, according to the Peruvian Avocado Commission in Washington, D.C.

Peruvian growers will export 140 million pounds of avocados to the U.S. this summer, compared with 70 million pounds last year, and  next year’s crop should be even larger.

About Hass Avocado Board

The Hass Avocado Board (HAB) is an agriculture promotion group established in 2002 to promote the consumption of Hass Avocados in the United States. A 12-member board representing domestic producers and importers of Hass Avocados directs HAB’s promotion, research and information programs under supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. Funding for HAB comes from Hass avocado producers and importers in the United States.

Ventura County cabbage and greens – grossing about $6900 to New York City.

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