Naturipe Avocado Farms is adding acreage in Colombia, with a goal of 2,500 acres in three years. ( Courtesy Naturipe )

Naturipe is expanding its Colombian avocado program, with plans to have more than 2,500 acres in three years.

Andres Carvallo, chairman for Naturipe Avocado Farms, said the company is adding acreage in the Caldas, Quindio and Antioquia areas in Colombia, leading to nearly year-round shipments from the country.

“We have already planted 500 acres and have a global export business from Colombia of more than 6 million pounds,” Carvallo said in a news release. “We expect our Colombian export business to grow to 45 million pounds annually in five years.”

Andrew Bruno, president of Naturipe Avocado Farms, said in the release that the company’s acreage is at varying altitudes, ranging from 5,500 to 8,200 feet above sea level.

“This will give us a wider production window from October to March for our main harvest and from May to August for our secondary harvest,” Bruno said in the release. “This allows us to provide our clients with quality, fresh fruit for 10 months of the year from Colombia.”

The company also imports avocados from Mexico, Chile and Peru, according to its website.

Naturipe, primarily a berry grower-marketer, started offering avocados in 2017.

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