The appeal of the product is one of its biggest advantages, Thomas noted.
“Of course, avocados have an advantage, whether in foodservice or retail, of giving consumers a valuable way to make a meal a little more exciting,” he said.
Phil Henry, owner of Escondido, Calif.-based Henry Avocado Corp., agreed that avocados had been more fortunate than other items through the foodservice slump.
“I think it’s had a negative impact, but I don’t think it’s been as dramatic as it has with other commodities because all the press about avocados and the nutritional benefits has been positive,” Henry said. “Of course, they’re a staple in Mexican restaurant sales, and sales there have held up pretty well. Avocados have held up better than other commodities.”
The worst times have passed, Henry said.
“Last year was the worst time for our sales to restaurants,” he said. “But the last eight months or so, we’ve seen an improvement with our sales to restaurants.”