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.
Two-layer cartons of hass 50s from Chile were $26-27. Prices were not available for last year at the same time. Cartons of 32s were $34.35-36.
One-layer flats of greenskinned avocado varieties 8-12s from Florida were $6.50-8, comparable to last year at the same time.
Volumes of avocados shipping in the U.S. also were up as of Dec. 7.
About 480 million pounds had shipped season-to-date, up from 479 million pounds last season at the same time, according to the USDA.
The majority of those — 328 million pounds — came from Mexico, though shipments from Mexico were down from last season’s total of 357 million pounds through Dec. 7.
Florida had shipped about 58.3 million pounds, up from 57.9 million pounds last season at the same time.
Chile had shipped about 29.2 million pounds, up from 18 million pounds.