Between January and August 2019, Colombian lime, Hass avocado, and cape gooseberry exports increased by 27% and 88%, exceeding the average 3.2% growth of agriculture in general. All these fruits are beginning to be key pieces in the luxury dishes of different countries, such as the United States and the United Arab Emirates.
Exports of Sutil lime, a citrus fruit from Colombia, between January and August of this year increased by 88.8% over the same period of 2018, totaling more than 600 kilos. This lime is being bought by multinationals such as Diageo to use it in cocktails that cost up to 20 dollars and New York alone has requested 400 kilos of this lime variety in the first months of this year.
In the first eight months of 2018, Colombia exported 19.1 tons of Hass avocado. In the same period in 2019, exports increased to almost 30 tons, which represents a volume increase of 53.6%.
US per capita consumption of Hass avocados went from 1.8 kilos three years ago to 3.5 kilos in 2018, forcing traders to look for more producing countries. According to Bloomberg reports, haute cuisine chains in the United States, such as Fresh Salad, which annually buy more than 100 tons of Hass avocado for their gourmet restaurant salads, recently reached avocado purchase agreements with Colombian producers.
Cape gooseberry, which has a per capita consumption of less than one kilo per year in Colombia, began to be exported in greater quantities to the Arab Emirates this year. As a result, exports went from 4.6 tons between January and August 2018 to almost 6 tons so far in 2019, i.e. 27.5% more.