While some think of avocados as the football fad snack or the centerpiece of Cinco de Mayo, the fruit is forging a trail as a must-have in American kitchens. Avocado producers in Mexico are sending record shipments to the United States.
First Quarter Flurry
Americans gobbled up a lot of the green goodness for the first three months of the year. The Produce News, citing Hass data, indicates that Mexico shipped 525 million pounds of avocados to the U.S. in January, February, and March. That’s 100 million pounds more than the same period in 2015.
Mexico shipped a weekly average of 43 million pounds of avocados to the U.S. for the first 12 weeks of 2016, with the biggest week coming in late January. It’s no surprise that the biggest week, at 58 million pounds, was the week leading up to the Super Bowl.
The surge shows no sign of letting up. Despite a 25% jump in shipments from Mexico for the first quarter, the trees in the state of Michohacán continue to have fruit. This means that the typically slower season of April, May and June will likely be better than anticipated. Experts projected the second season crop to deliver 360 pounds to the U.S., but it appears that the number will likely exceed that.
Overall in 2015, Mexico sent 1.77 million pounds of avocados to U.S. markets with total consumption approaching 2.2 million pounds.
Another huge reason for optimism within the industry is the pending certifications for other Mexican states’ packing sheds. Jalisco is the most likely state to become a second source of avocados from Mexico, as the region’s production is very similar to California production. The timeline for the certification has shifted numerous times, but analysts believe that could come early in the summer.
A higher volume of avocados coming in from Mexico translates into victories for consumers as suppliers will now have better quality fruit at much lower prices. The springtime price for a carton of avocados was $25, far below prices from 2015.
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