“They have a lot to learn about the U.S., and the U.S. has a lot to learn about the commercial avocado industry,” he said.
Most Peruvian orchards are less than 15 years old, Cavaletto said.
“The flavor reception has been good, but their size curve is larger than any other country,” he said.
With Peru’s late entry into the U.S. a year ago, quality issues cropped up, but this year, the fruit showed much improvement, said Josh Leichter, general manager of Reedley, Calif.-based Pacific Trellis Fruit LLC.
As a participant in the U.S., Peru now is involved in the Irvine, Calif.-based Hass Avocado Board.
“Being the new player, you would expect them to go through a learning curve, but they are very experienced sending fruit to the European market,” said Emiliano Escobedo, the board’s executive director.