The likelihood of an avocado purchase fell four percentage points from last year, but there’s still plenty of interest in this green fruit. Avocados were the No. 2 “new” produce item that consumers said they bought this year that they did not buy previously.
Lisa Schroeder, a chef at Mother's Bistro & Bar in Portland, Ore., starred in the California Avocado Commission’s June media dinner that was part of a much larger California Avocado Month celebration.
Officials from Chile and China have signed a protocol that will soon give avocados from Chile access to the Far East.
Importers report excellent quality and large sizes from Peru this summer.
Demand is up for much larger volumes of Peruvian avocados, importers say.
The Peruvian Avocado Commission is making a big marketing push this year, and Xavier Equihua, CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based commission, hopes it turns some heads throughout the avocado industry.More Packer Stories for Avocados
Market Scope - Avocados — F.o.b.s as of July 14
KERN DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments (127-276-434) — Movement expected to increase. Trading fairly slow. Prices lower. 19-pound containers bagged. Sugraone extra-large mostly $18.95, large $16.95-18.95; flame seedless extra-large mostly $18.95, large mostly $16.95; summer royal extra-large mostly $18.95, large $16.95-18.95. Organic 19-pound containers bagged flame seedless large-extra-large mostly $25.95-26.95; summer royal large-extra-large mostly $26.95. Extra services included.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS DISTRICT — Crossings (143-101-125) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading moderate. Prices higher. Cartons two-layer hass 32s mostly $33.25, 36s mostly $33.25, 40s mostly $34.25-35.25, 48s mostly $34.25-35.25, 60s $34.25-35.25, 70s mostly $34.25. Extra services included. The Mexico Harvesting of the flora loca, Mexico's new crop, was expected to start the week of July 21 with a mix of old crop. This will be the last week of the Mexico 2013 crop on the trends for this season. The f.o.b. for the Mexico new crop season should begin around July 23. LAST REPORT
SOUTH DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments (127-94-**) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices 36s lower, 60s higher, other generally unchanged. Cartons two-layer hass 32s mostly $35.25, 36s mostly $35.25-36.25, 40s mostly $37.25, 48s mostly $38.25-39.25, 60s $39.25-40.25, 70s $34.25-35.25, 84s $24.25-25.25. Extra services included. **unavailable
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments (0-19-42) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Some shippers have begun harvesting, but most expected to begin the week of July 14. The f.o.b. was expected to begin on or around July 21. No f.o.b. issued as of July 14.
PERU — Imports (86*-22-32) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Ports of entry: Philadelphia and New York. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. Cartons two-layer hass 28s $25.25, 32s $25.25-27.25, 36s $25.25-28.25, 40s $26.25-29.25, 50s $27.25-30.25, 60s $29.25-31.25, 70s $31.25-33.25. Quality good. Port of entry: Southern California. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. Cartons two-layer hass 28s $25.25-26.25, 32s $25.25-27.25, 36s $27.25-28.25, 40s $28.25-30.25, 50s $30.25-33.25, 60s $32.25-34.25, 70s $28.25-30.25. Quality good. *revised.
SOUTH FLORIDA — Shipments (18-18-26) — Movement expected to increase. Trading fairly slow. Prices lower. Cartons one-layer flats of 8-12s mostly $6. Predominate varieties donnie and simmond. Quality good.