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Ive Lambert, Starfruit

Avocado prices finally climbing

Lately, there's been an abundance of avocados at low prices on the market. However, in the last two weeks, these prices have started climbing. "Demand is rising, and the supply is decreasing a little. So, prices have recovered somewhat. Prices are stable again. We're back to a normal level for this time of year again," says Ive Lambert of Starfruit, in Belgium.

"This summer wasn't the best for avocados. We've never experienced that. In recent years, demand was always higher than supply. Even new plantations couldn't keep up with demand and the market's growth. This expansion has now leveled off. But I think the Hass avocado market will continue growing. Just a little slower. That's been the case with blueberries and pomegranates. Every product has a ceiling."

Currently, Peru and South Africa are the main players on the market. Colombia supplements them. The Mexican season is slowing getting started. "There are some Kenyan avocados on the market too. This is, however, not a favorite Hass country of origin. Avocados from Kenya don't have great dry matter and oil content. So, the typical avocado flavor doesn't come to the fore so well," Ive concludes.

For more information:
Ive Lambert
Starfruit Company
112-154 Werkhuizenkaai
Brussels, Belgium
Tel: + 32 (0) 224 20 876

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