Avocado prices, volumes up

12/03/2013 01:28:00 PM
Andy Nelson

Through Nov. 30, about 455 million pounds of avocados had shipped in the U.S. season-to-date, up from 449 million pounds last season at the same time, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Mexico was leading the way with 306 million pounds shipped, though that was down from 331 million pounds last season at the same time.

Chile’s season-to-date shipments rose from 16.2 million pounds last season to 26.5 million pounds this season through Nov. 30.

On the domestic side, Florida’s season-to-date volumes rose slightly over last year. About 57.2 million pounds had shipped, up from 57 million pounds over the same period in 2012.

Avocado prices also were up over last season. On Dec. 3, the USDA reported prices of $26.25-27.25 for 2-layer cartons of hass 48s from Mexico, up from $18.25 last year at the same time.

Cartons of hass 50s from Chile were $26-27, up from $20.25-23.25.

One-layer flats of green-skinned varieties from Florida 8-12s were $6.50-7, comparable or slightly lower than last year at the same time.



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