China's demand for Mexican avocados continues to grow

Chinese demand for avocados is growing and Mexican officials are taking notice of the potential for growth as the country looks at possible policy changes by the Trump administration that could affect avocado trade with the United States.

"Exports of avocados from Mexico to China have substantially increased in recent years. Although total volumes remain small, the growth rate is amazing," said Ramon Paz of the Association of Producers, Exporters and Packers of Avocados from Mexico.

"We exported 470 metric tons in the 2012-13 season and it jumped up to 11,000 tons in the 2015-16 season," he said.

Clement Mougenot, the research director at Daxue Consulting in China, said that Mexico's avocado trade with China will continue to increase.

"Volumes are growing year after year and we do not expect the trend to slow down for the next 5-10 years if the Mexican avocado association can work out a marketing strategy similar to New Zealand kiwis to help Chinese consumers develop a taste for the avocado in general," he added.


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