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Mexican avocados conquer Japan
According to Ramon Paz, a spokesman for the Association of Producers and Packers Exporters of Mexico (Apeam), 95 percent of the avocados that Japan imports come from Mexico, while the rest comes from New Zealand, the United States, Chile, and Peru.
Mexican avocado shipments to Japan in 2016 increased by 25 percent over the previous year and amounted to 68,500 tons, Paz said, based on data from the Global Trade Atlas.
Michoacan and Jalisco dominate the production with 72 percent and 27 percent, respectively.
Mexican avocado accounts for more than 90 percent of Canada's total avocado imports.
Mexican exports to Canada increased by 17 percent in 2016 and amounted to 74,270 tons, according to data from the Global Trade Atlas.
"We believe that the consumption has increased mainly because of promotional campaigns," he said.
He said that Mexico's productive advantage was that it could produce avocados all year long, while other countries could only harvest them for four months.
Since Mexico can produce them throughout the whole year, producers aren't forced to cut them ahead of time to meet export volumes; as a result, the Mexican avocado's have a great taste, he added.
Publication date: 4/21/2017
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