California avocados sizing small heading into peak

06/06/2013 10:26:00 AM
Andy Nelson

On June 4, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported prices of $38.25 for two-layer cartons of hass 48s from California, up from $34.25-35.25 last year at the same time.

Cartons of 60s were $25.25-26.25, down from $29.25 last year.

Del Rey is asking growers with fruit with healthy stems to wait as long as they can before picking, Lucy said.

California volumes would likely begin peaking the last week in June, with plenty of volume to take advantage of Fourth of July pull, Wedin said.

Thanks to a late start, Calavo also expects a late finish out of California this year.

“We’ll be strong in August and pretty strong going into September,” Wedin said.

Peruvian avocados were expected to begin shipping in volume in mid-June, and that crop’s larger size profile should help balance out California, Araiza said. Most Peruvian fruit would ship in the Eastern U.S. and Canada, he said.

The 2012-13 Mexican crop was winding down in June, Araiza said.

Araiza expected continued strong demand heading into July.

“With Fourth of July promotions, we expect demand to be excellent,” he said.

Despite some labor shortages in California, Araiza was confident the industry could produce the 34 to 36 million pounds per week necessary to meet peak summer demand.


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