Avocados wind up on the staple list - The Packer

Avocados wind up on the staple list

01/11/2013 09:15:00 AM
Andy Nelson

And clearly, there are some consumers, like the one I mentioned in Nebraska, who are shifting their produce dollars elsewhere at times, waiting for apple prices to come down a bit.

As for avocados, has there every been a better time in the history of the commodity to be a consumer?

Thanks to an enormous crop of high-quality fruit out of Mexico, some shippers aren’t even sourcing from Chile this season. A large California crop will begin shipping in March.

Shippers aren’t complaining. They’re confident demand will keep pace with supplies, as it has for the last decade.

One shipper I talked to recently, Phil Henry, president of Escondido, Calif.-based Henry Avocado Corp., marveled at the latest industry trend he and other shippers have noticed: avocados for breakfast.

Growers are happy, shippers are happy and I know that a certain Depression baby who’s buying them by the bag is happy.

anelson@thepacker.com

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