Posts Tagged “Peruvian avocados”

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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Imported Avocados from Peru Kicks Off 2018 Season

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AA7by Peruvian Avocado Commission

Washington D.C. – The Peruvian Avocado Commission (PAC) has kicked off it’s 2018 season with shipments expected to be arriving in the U.S. into September.

“Peru will export to the world 660 million pounds of avocados from the middle of April to mid-September, and 170 million pounds will come to the USA,” says Xavier Equihua, CEO and President of the Peruvian Avocado Commission.

Beginning in June and in celebration of World Avocado Month, Avocados From Peru is the exclusive sponsor of various exciting activations in Washington D.C. during the World Cup and MLB All Star Games. It’s been over 35 years since Peru qualified for the World Cup and 50 years since the MLB All Star Game was hosted in the nation’s capital. Avocados From Peru will be present on air (they play Denmark June 16th and France June 21st), desktop, mobile and apps.

“Given the increased supply of Peruvian avocados this season, we will be focusing many of our marketing tactics around retail trade activity alongside supreme consumer tactics,” said  Equihua.  “We will be offering various strategic co-marketing opportunities from which retailers can specifically tailor their preferred programs. On the consumer side, we will continue to showcase the nutritional benefits and versatility of Peruvian avocados.”

Avocados From Peru will be renewing their partnership with CBS Radio and bringing back the fan-favorite Avo-Dog to baseball fans attending Orioles baseball games over Father’s Day weekend this summer. Fans will be able to enjoy a free topping of Peruvian Avocado with the purchase of any food item during the game in Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

About the Peruvian Avocado Commission

The Peruvian Avocado Commission (PAC) is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It was established in 2011 to increase the consumption/demand for Avocados from Peru through advertising, retail promotion and public relations. The PAC’s promotional activities are conducted under the guidelines of the federal promotion program for Hass avocados, which is under the oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Baltimore Baseball Fans to Have ‘Home Run’ Of Hot Dogs On July 2nd

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HotDogWashington, D.C. – On July 2nd, just in time for the 4th of July festivities, Avocados From Peru® (AFP) will treat baseball fans to a free topping of fresh Peruvian Avocado with the purchase of an Oriole dog during the Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays game in Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Known as the ‘Avodog’, Peruvian Avocados add a flavorful twist to an American classic. Served with just a squeeze of lime or combined with other traditional hot dog toppings such as onions and tomatoes, freshly sliced or smashed Avocados From Peru make an ideal hot dog topping.

With nearly 20 essential vitamins and minerals, no sodium or cholesterol, and gluten free, it’s no secret why Peruvian Avocados are America’s favorite nutrient dense superfood.

Adding this heart-healthy fruit as a hot dog topping has already proven to be enormously popular with baseball fans –who devoured hundreds of fresh Peruvian Avocados during a New York Mets baseball game in July of 2015.

“We look forward to seeing Avocados from Peru become an integral part of the all-American tradition of attending a major league baseball game,” said Xavier Equihua, President and CEO of AFP.

Much like baseball, the season for Peruvian Avocados runs from May to September, earning them the nickname of “Summer Avocados.”

With the season in full swing, AFP has partnered with Walmart to feature and offer free tastings of this superfood at their stores. Fans who cannot attend the baseball game on July 2nd will still have the opportunity to try the Avodog at a local Walmart. Over 900 Walmart stores on the East Coast will also be demoing this baseball fan favorite on July 2nd.

Orioles fans taking public transportation to the game may also see city buses wrapped in a full-color billboard featuring the picturesque landscape of Peru and of course, delicious Avocados From Peru®.  Various radio stations in the Baltimore area will also be featuring the famous frank throughout the summer.

For more ideas on how to top the classic hotdog with Peruvian Avocados, head to the AFP

About the Peruvian Avocado Commission

The Peruvian Avocado Commission (PAC) is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It was established in 2011 to increase the consumption/demand for Avocados from Peru through advertising, retail promotion and public relations. The PAC’s promotional activities are conducted under the guidelines of the federal promotion program for Hass avocados, which is under the oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Updates on Shipments of Mich. Apples, Calif. Avocados

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DSCN2911+1The number of loads for the new season Michigan apple shipments will be down from original estimates, but still good…Meanwhile, here’s an update on shipping opportunities for California avocados.

Depending you who you ask, Michigan apple shipments will be somewhere between 22.5 and 25 million bushels.  Last season, crop finished at 27 million bushels.

The Michigan apple industry is still collecting data for the final 2014-15 estimate.

Heading into the 2015 harvest, Michigan growers are expecting similar volumes from the Ridge area, higher volumes from the Southwest, similar volumes from the East and lighter volumes from the Northwest part of Michigan.

Michigan blueberry shipments have just started.  We hope to have more info on loading opportunities soon.

Avocado Shipments

Over 70 percent of the California avocado shipments have been completed, with much of the volume now coming out of the Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo areas.  California could ship up to 10 million pounds a week through mid-July before volumes begin a gradual decline.

Mexico’s 2014-15 crop is finishing up.  However new crop loadings for Mexican avocado shipments are just starting.

Imports of Peruvian avocados began arriving at US ports within the last week or so.

Southern California avocados, tomatoes, vegetables – grossing about $5400 to Cleveland.

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Imported Items Continue Arriving at Border Crossings, Ports

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DSCN5300While we tend to focus more on imported produce during the winter months when Southern Hemisphere fruits and vegetables are in good production, there is still a substantial amount of product crossing our borders or arriving at ports.

Mangos have become a major commodity over the past couple of decades in America and there currently are larger-than-normal volumes expected from Mexico during the second quarter of 2015.  Mexican mango imports will be approximately 36 million boxes during Q2 of 2015, which is about 10 percent more compared to approximately 33 million boxes of mangos imported during the same period from Mexico a year ago.

Additionally, Mexican mango imports in Q2 of 2015 are expected to be 3 percent higher than in 2013, which is the year that had the highest volume of Mexican mango imports on record.  The tropical fruit is crossing the border both at Nogales and in South Texas.

Peruvian Avocados

Peruvian avocado exporters expect to ship 204,000 tons of fruit for the 2015 season, an increase of more than 16,000 tons from the 2014 season.  Over 71,000 of those tons will be destined for the U.S. market, arriving primarily at East Coast ports.  Hass avocados will begin in late April, with production hitting its stride in the summer months and winding down in September.

Nogales Produce Shipments

Mexican imports through Nogales are past a peak for the year, but there is still substantial product, ranging from cucumbers to melons, squash and peppers.  The first Mexican grapes should start crossing the border any time now.

Lower Rio Grand Valley Produce

Mexican produce items crossing the border in South Texas range from watermelons to papayas.  Texas items range from sweet onions to citrus and cabbage.

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South African Citrus and Peruvian Avocados are Arriving at U.S. Ports

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Imported citrus and fruit from South Africa and Peru are now arriving at U.S. ports.

Fresh South African citrus is arriving from South Africa every 10 days through October at the Gloucester (NJ) Marine Terminal.

The season’s first break bulk ship  bearing South Africa citrus discharged June 23 at the marine terminal, located on the Delaware River.

There were 3,400 pallets.   South Africans will ship a total of about 30,000 or 40,000 pallets of citrus to the United States this season  This is 15th season for South African summer citrus in the U.S.  Beginning in 1999, the program had  50 tons of citrus, which has grown to around 41,000 tons per year.

Avocados from Peru

Avocado shipments are showing a significant increase this year with imported fruit from Peru.  By mid June around 125 million pounds of Peruvian avocados had arrived in the U.S., primarily to ports at Los Angeles, Houston and Philadelphia.  However the majority of avocados are destined for markets along the Eastern seaboard and in the Southeastern United States.  This amount of avocados coming to the U.S. from Peru this season is more than double of a year ago.






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