Timing of Chilean avocado deal brings challenges, marketers say

10/16/2013 02:56:00 PM
Jim Offner

“We’re continuing the California crop and believe we’re going to go through October, but we’re feeling a little less confident about November,” Wedin said. “Fortunately, there’s just tremendous demand for avocados in the U.S.”

That’s where Chile proves its worth, Wedin said.

“For the most part, growers are continuing to do fairly well, so you have that safety net of demand here — when you make mistakes, they are correctable,” he said.

Calavo relies more heavily on Mexico production, however, Wedin said.

A later-starting crop has been a help to Chile, said Dana Thomas, president of Index Fresh Inc., Riverside, Calif.

“Their start has been later, September/October, the last couple of years, and that’s helped with marketing conditions,” he said.

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