In general, shippers said they’re optimistic about the potential of this year’s Chilean avocado crop.
“They’re saying it’s better this year,” said Chris Varvel, sales and distribution manager with Escondido, Calif.-based Henry Avocado Corp.
Gary Caloroso, marketing director with Escondido-based Giumarra Agricom International, also said the outlook is positive.
“This season, Chile is expecting to produce a larger avocado crop and ship more volume to the U.S.,” he said.
How much Chile will send to the U.S. has not yet been determined, Caloroso said.
“The actual amount of Chilean avocado volume that ultimately enters the U.S. market will largely be determined by market prices and demand in Europe, Chile and the U.S., as well as the country’s currency exchange rate with the U.S.,” he said.