Supply and demand of Mexican guava fruit are increasing.
“Volume at this time of the year is high because production started in Aguascalientes two to three weeks ago,” says Alberto Diaz of Spring Valley Fruits in Pharr, TX. “The quality has been good because this year, we haven’t had hailstorms, so the rain has been good. The weather is not very hot right now so in terms of quality, it’s a good year.”
New bamboo eco-friendly clamshells from Spring Valley Fruits.
Volume will continue to stay in peak supplies until the end of the year given there are now two growing regions in Mexico-- Aguascalientes and Michoacán—that are in high production.
For Spring Valley, there are some new developments in guava supplies, starting with the recent introduction of a bamboo fiber eco-friendly clamshell that was included in the recent PMA Fresh Ideas showcase. Along with clamshells, the company also offers bagged product.
New variety option
At the same time, Spring Valley has also recently begun bringing in a new type of guava. “This is the first year we’re working with Thai guava from Mexico to the U.S.,” says Diaz. “At this point, volume is very low but we’re increasing the plantings in Mexico. We think next year, we’ll be triple or four times the acreage.”
Meanwhile, demand is picking up for guava. “Throughout the whole summer, demand has been very, very slow. I think because of the pandemic, it’s not a necessity. But now because of the good volume, we’re set to promote with retailers and we have better prices,” says Diaz. Demand will continue to increase and likely hit peak in December when the Mexican population make a popular holiday punch, using guava.
As for prices, they are similar to last year at this time. “This month, the prices are kind of low but that’s normal every year,” he says. “In November prices tend to increase a little and in December, they increase.” He also adds that production is more limited in December with it being a colder month. “So, you have to pay more in the field or increase your prices,” he adds.