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.
Victor “Vic” Tokar, 70, who many consider an avocado pioneer for his work in developing California’s ripened fruit industry, died Dec. 15.
West Pak Avocado Inc., Murrieta, Calif., has come up with a split box to better serve the needs of foodservice distributors and wholesalers, said Doug Meyer, vice president of sales and marketing.
The highlight of the program is the use of celebrity spokesman Mario Lopez, co-host of “Extra TV” and “The X Factor.” In interviews on behalf of Avocados from Mexico, Lopez is highlighting both Mexican and American holiday traditions.
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Both prices and volumes of avocados shipping in the U.S. through early December are up over last year. On Dec. 9, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported prices of $26.25-27.25 for 2-layer cartons of Mexican hass 48s, up from $18.25 last year at the same time. Cartons of 32s were $29.25-33.25, up from $17.25-18.25.More Packer Stories for Avocados
Market Scope - Market Scope - Avocados — F.o.b.s as of Dec. 9
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS DISTRICT — Crossings (243-189-157) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading fairly slow. Prices 48s higher, others generally unchanged. Cartons two-layer hass 32s $29.25-33.25, 36s mostly $33.25-34.25, 40s mostly $30.25-32.25, 48s $26.25-27.25, 60s mostly $22.25, 70s mostly $20.25, 84s $16.25-17.25. Extra services included.
CHILE — Imports — (28-20-22) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Port of entry: Los Angeles area. Carton two-layer hass 32s mostly $36, 36s $36, 40s $34, 50s $26-27, 60s $21-24. Cartons loose 70s $19-20, 84s mostly $17. Quality good.
SOUTH FLORIDA — Shipments (13-7-11) — Movement expected to continue seasonal decline. Last report was expected the week of Dec. 16. Trading active. Prices higher. Cartons one-layer flats. 8-12s mostly $7. Predominate varieties booth and beta. Quality good.
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