Ad Toet, Hars-Hagebauer, the Netherlands

“Small avocado market will be so-so”

“It’s hard to predict what the market will do when it comes to mangos,” says Ad Toet of the Dutch wholesaler, Hars-Hagebauer. “That’s mainly because it varies a lot from size to size. When Peru has its seasonal dip, large volumes of small sizes (around 26, 28, 30, and 32) come in from Kenya, Colombia, and Chile. At the same time, the supply of large avocados is stable and tends towards a slight shortage. Prices fluctuate between €12 and €14 for 4kg packs."

"I’m anxious to see what Israel’s volumes will be in a couple of months. If these avocado volumes are good, there might well be a surplus of small sizes. All the while, there’s going to be another shortage of large sizes in a few weeks. That may put some pressure on those avocados’ prices. I expect a reasonably stable market for the large sizes, in general. The small sizes will have a less successful season. It certainly won’t be a massacre, but the avocado market won’t rejoice either.”

According to Ad, these small sizes mostly go to the markets in Southern Europe. “There, these are usually sold in a net containing four to five avocados. Most people, however, demand the larger sizes. These are between 18 and 20, in a two-pack of two or loose, both ripened (ready to eat) and unripened. Avocados are as popular as ever."

"Especially with the coronavirus, there’s a greater need for healthy products. Demand remains as high as ever. However, growers notice that too, and so plant many avocado trees. I wonder if we’re not slowly starting to reach the point where more avocados are being grown than can be eaten.”

When asked if avocados and mangos complement each other, Ad’s answers with a resounding ‘yes’. “Mangos are a tropical fruit and avocados more of a fruit vegetable. Both have very different uses in dishes and eating moments. In that respect, they complement each other well for traders."

"I can imagine mangos and avocados sometimes get in each other’s way when it comes to cultivation. Both fruits need roughly the same climatic conditions and amount of water. Some growers have a hard time growing mangos or earn less. Then switching to avocados can sometimes seem attractive,” Ad concludes.

For more info:
Ad Toet
Hars & Hagebauer
Handelsweg 35
2988 DB Ridderkerk
Tel: 0180-745100 

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