Special Avocados

José Balaguer, Alcoaxarquia France:

“A lot of small caliber avocados on the market”

This year, our avocado production will be smaller than usual,” reports José Balaguer, manager of Alcoaxarquia France. “It was hot during blooming, and as it is for citrus fruits, this reduced the volumes. Besides, we will have quite a lot of avocados of small caliber.” Alcoaxarquia produces organic…

The world's 10 largest avocado exporters

The world's largest avocado exporting countries in 2018 were Mexico, the Netherlands, and Peru, which were followed by Spain, Chile, the United States, Kenya, South Africa, New Zealand, and Colombia. During the past year, Mexican avocado exports amounted to 2.392 billion dollars, while the Netherlands…

Busy time ahead for Mexican avocado producers

The Aventajada avocado crop in Michoacán will soon be winding down for the year, to be replaced by the Normal crop for the winter. Rain has disrupted production somewhat, leading to a lighter crop than usual, growers say. "The current Aventejada season volume has been comparatively light compared with…

Jorge Ramírez, CEO of Camposol:

"We are working on reducing our water footprint for our avocado cultivation"

Camposol recently finished the avocado season in Peru. After the high performance of last season, the volumes in Peru this year have been somewhat lower due to the effect of the crop rotation and, therefore, Camposol expects the Peruvian bid to increase again by 2020. In Colombia, the company continues…

Germany’s avocado imports increased fivefold in a decade

Compared to ten years ago, Germany's avocado imports are now five times greater. These are the results of market analyses published by the Federal Statistical Office. In 2018,…

Rob Cullum - Pacific Produce

"We have to strike a balance of being a good supplier and relying on our customers to stick with us as we will with them"

This season was characterized as an off year for the Southern Hemisphere window, so in years like this the unprogrammed or market price orientated markets perform strongly – USA and the traded market in Europe and Asia, making it difficult for more fixed price markets like the UK, according to Rob Cullum…

Sigfrido Molina: "We expect around 60,000 tons in Malaga"

Spanish avocado harvest kicks off

The Hass avocado harvest has just started in the Axarquía region, in the Spanish province of Malaga, which is the area with the largest avocado production in Spain. "The fruit already meets the necessary quality requirements, with about 20-21% of dry matter, which is the minimum maturity level required…

Size limits on Mexican avocados

As production prepares to move to the cooler parts of Michoacán, Mexico, there’s hope that there’ll be an increasing availability on some of the more average sizes of avocados. “In the last two to three weeks, there are a lot of supplies from Mexico. But the issue is the sizes. You can’t find big sizes of avocados,” says Jorge…

“Our aim is to grow the Green Skin market by 35% at the end of 2020”

The Hass avocado is the most popular and most widely produced avocado variety on the market right now. While production continues to increase, so does the demand and producers struggle to keep up with the fruit’s popularity. Mahonri Navarro, the commercial director for the Dominican grower/exporter…

Elena Rogojnikova of Hagé International:

Significant shortage of large Avocados

"Up to now, the 2019 avocado market has been the opposite of what it was in 2018," states Elena Rogojnikova of the Dutch company, Hagé International. "In 2018, there was an enormous oversupply of Hass avocados. These came from South Africa and Peru. This was the case from the summer until October. These…

Dominican Republic's tropical avocados expected to have strong 2020 season

WP Produce, a family-owned, grower-packer-shipper of Desbry® tropical produce has announced a strong start to their high season for tropical avocados from the Dominican Republic. Available year-round, the fruit’s high season runs from mid-October through mid-May, with additional supply from Florida…

Organic avocado pricing becoming more accessible to consumers

Supplies of organic avocados from Mexico look strong. “We are in a position right now to carry us through to the Superbowl,” says Maria Elena Alvarez of A&A Organic Farms out of Watsonville, Ca. “We have good volume on the strong sizes--48s and 60s. We should be in a good position to push those 48s and…

Paul Devlin - Halls

"It is everyone’s responsibility to accurately show how many hectares have been planted and where to forecast the future volumes"

2018 was a challenging season for avocado growers and importers but according to Paul Devlin from Halls, it also played its part in setting up a very strong 2019 season. "The imported volumes into Europe during the summer of 2018 (350,000t when we add Peru, South and East Africa together) really stretched…

“Mexican avocado prices are high in Europe because of import requirements”

While avocados are produced year-round in Mexico, the country’s high season began in October and lasts through mid-March. The avocado consumption in Europe has been on the rise the past few years, and while attending Fruit Attraction in Madrid, Juan Escorcia from Jalisco-based avocado packing company…

IQF avocado brings new business opportunities

The fresh avocado market comes with limits. Whether it’s a limited supply compared to a growing demand or the short shelf life leading to significant food waste, the sector…

Frederik Musiol, Dieter Fuhrmann Fruit & Vegetable Wholesale LLC:

"Gastronomers have great demand for ready-to-eat avocados"

The avocado market is booming worldwide: Even in Germany, the healthy exotic is still in the fast lane, despite the criticism regarding its environmental impact. Avocados are also indispensable in gastronomy, says Frederik Musiol of the Berlin-based Dieter Fuhrmann Obst & Gemüse Großhandels LLC. "Avocados…

Michael Franks - Seeka

"For a New Zealand exporter sending more into Asia and developing new markets is important"

The New Zealand avocado harvest is well under way with good volumes. Fruit quality is good but there is an abundance of smaller sized fruit. The spring weather has been challenging with wind causing quite a bit of fruit drop and interrupting harvests. Seeka has deliberately advanced picking. Normally it…

Jan DeLyser on the 2020 California avocado crop

“We had the perfect weather conditions this year”

An intense heat wave in July of 2018 took a steep toll on 2019 California avocado volumes and left production numbers at approximately 200 million pounds this year. The good news is that the 2020 crop is already on the trees and is looking really good. “According to early estimates, 2020 production will…

FreshPlaza Avocado Special

FreshPlaza will be focusing on all things avocado in our November special. There are many ups and downs in the avocado markets. World production is set to see huge increases both from traditional producing countries and emerging producers who want a piece of the action. Will we be able to grow consumption fast enough to cope…


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