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.
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