July 01, 2015 / Week N° 27

Posts Tagged Avocados

Record NZ avocado season saw volumes almost up by a half

June 12th, 2015

Despite New Zealand experiencing its highest ever avocado production season, returns almost hit record levels.

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Spain reflects on strong avocado season

June 10th, 2015

Although Spanish avocado growers have enjoyed record returns in the 2014-15 campaign, an industry warns productivity needs to be increased.

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Peru begins major avocado marketing campaign in U.S.

June 4th, 2015

Amid anticipated record Peruvian avocado exports to the U.S., an industry body has cooked for sailors on the USS Cole Navy ship.

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Calavo enjoys record results in Q2

June 3rd, 2015

Although a sharp increase in avocado volumes was ‘substantially’ offset by weather-related declines in other product categories, revenues, gross margin and net income all jumped to new heights.

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High-tech Israeli sorting machine gets to know fruit inside out

May 27th, 2015

Using near-infrared hyperspectral imaging (NIR), an Israeli technology is now used to check thousands of pieces apples or avocados at a time, with citrus fruit and mangoes in the pipeline.

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Peru finalizes Hass avocado export protocols with China

May 26th, 2015

Peru’s Ministry of Agriculture believes the first Hass shipment will set sail to China in July.

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Chile and China engage in fresh produce trade discussions

May 22nd, 2015

Pomegranates, nectarines and avocados were on the agenda during recent meetings between AQSIQ and SAG.

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Costa Rican import group warns of avocado scarcity

May 19th, 2015

Following recent trade restrictions, one Costa Rican avocado grower believes California could be a potential new market supplier.

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Peru on the cusp of Japanese avocado market entry

May 12th, 2015

Recent comments made by Japanese Ambassador to Peru, Tatsuya Kabutan, bode well for the country’s avocado exporters.

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U.S. eases Dominican import restrictions

April 29th, 2015

AHPIS believes it is safe to resume shipments of Hass avocados and green tomatoes from the Dominican Republic, following Medfly detections in the country last month.

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Colombia: International certifications lift avocado exports

April 28th, 2015

One avocado producer estimates Colombia’s export volumes shot up by around a half last season.

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NZ scientists test mating disruption techniques against avocado pest

April 23rd, 2015

Plant & Food Research is testing a biological method used in apple orchards to fight leafrollers in avocado crops.

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Israel: ‘Highly unusual’ storms batter summer fruit crops

April 15th, 2015

Severe weather ‘that came out of nowhere’ and damaged Israeli stonefruit and table grape production could lead to price rises.

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Peru: Flooding hits large swathes of agricultural land

April 1st, 2015

While recent torrential rain in northern Peru has affected large areas of rice production, the extent of the damage to fruit crops is as yet unclear.

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Spain signs deal to open U.S. market for avocados and apricots

March 31st, 2015

Spain’s prioritization of new market openings means two more of the country’s fruits will soon be able to reach the U.S.

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Mexico: New avocado export system better serves industry, says APEAM

March 27th, 2015

APEAM is pleased that no sanctions or penalties were posed in a recent competition authority decision.

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Mexican resolution puts an end to avocado export services monopoly

March 26th, 2015

Mexican avocado packers no longer need to be members of APEAM to export to the U.S.

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Mexico: APEAM holds avocado forecast steady despite hail event

March 19th, 2015

A Mexican avocado industry body says despite a “very unusual and intense hailstorm” last week in Michoacán, the impact should be “relatively minimal”.

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Mexico: Hail damages avocado production in key Michoacan region

March 13th, 2015

Growers say much of the damage to avocado production caused by adverse weather this week in the Michoacan region of Uruapan is irreversible.

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Calavo to expand Mexican avocado packing operations

March 12th, 2015

Calavo Growers is already banking on the expected opening of the U.S. market for avocados grown in Jalisco.

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Can Kenyan avocados outprice the competition in Hong Kong?

March 11th, 2015

Terra Exports plans to raise its shipments of Kenyan avocados fifteenfold for the Hong Kong market this year.

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U.S.: Calavo Growers forecasts avocado volume uptick in Q2

March 6th, 2015

After driving up margins in early 2015, Calavo Growers foresees continued increased avocado packing in the second quarter.

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Peruvian avocado exporters on track for two new Asian markets

March 6th, 2015

Both China and Japan are one step closer to allowing imports of Peruvian avocados.

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Mexico: Jalisco avocado growers feeling ready for U.S. exports

March 3rd, 2015

An avocado industry representative from the Mexican state of Jalisco does not expect much “resistance” as procedures continue for the opening of the U.S. market.

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NZ: Seeka profit hike a sign of Psa recovery

March 2nd, 2015

New Zealand’s Seeka has managed to exceed expectations in a kiwifruit market where margins are tightening, and plans to increase post-harvest capacity and kiwiberry production.

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The Hass Horn: U.S. avocado supply outlook, 2015 and beyond

February 19th, 2015

An experienced avocado industry veteran reveals his forecasts for the market’s future and supply sources.


USDA considers allowing avocado imports from second Mexican state

February 18th, 2015

Mexico’s second-largest avocado production state could soon be allowed to ship the Hass variety to the U.S.

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U.S.: California Avocado Commission releases crop update

February 16th, 2015

California’s avocado grower body has forecast volumes 10% higher year-on-year.

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New U.S.-South Africa Avocado Committee seeks to overcome trade barriers

February 9th, 2015

Amid soaring U.S. avocado demand, the first U.S.-South Africa agricultural committee has been set up.

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Colombia: Avocado industry steps up efforts for U.S. market access this year

February 9th, 2015

Colombia’s Agriculture Minster says gaining U.S. avocado access would be like ‘winning the lottery’.

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Australia: Growers make ‘significant’ savings with Avolution business model

February 5th, 2015

An Australian grower-owned avocado marketer says it has driven costs down ‘in an overall sense’.

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China to lift quarantine measures for key Chilean avocado regions

January 29th, 2015

Avocados shipped from two key Chilean regions to China will likely not be subjected to cold treatment next season.

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Exotic expansion plans for Halls’ fruit basket

January 27th, 2015

Halls International’s Ate Kalsbeek discusses some of the new items lined up after the acquisition of Columbus Exotics.

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Australia: Vietnam ‘won’t hang around for 12 months’, says Costa Group

January 20th, 2015

A major Australian exporter believes Vietnam will look to Chile and Peru if the trade ban is not resolved soon.

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Korean retailers cotton on to avocado ripening, says NZ industry rep

January 20th, 2015

Avanza director John Carroll gives the wrap on strong performances for avocados in a range of markets this season.

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Egyptian exporter expands grape and stonefruit supply

January 19th, 2015

Fruit exporter Pico plans to expand its core offering while adding new crops such as pomegranates and avocados in the mix.

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U.S.: Calavo forecasts new record earnings in 2015

January 15th, 2015

Calavo Growers CEO Lee Cole says all indicators are “pointing affirmatively” this year, after the company notched solid results for 2014.

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U.S.: HAB forecasts new record for Super Bowl avocado consumption

January 9th, 2015

American football fans are set to tackle 240 million avocados head on the week leading up to the Super Bowl.

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Peruvian govt program aims to raise GlobalG.A.P. certifications

January 7th, 2015

Sierra Exportadora is helping Peruvian growers find new commercial opportunities for their fruit production.

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Extensive promotional campaigns pay off for South African avocados

December 15th, 2014

The value of South Africa’s national avocado market shot up by around 20% year-on-year.

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Chilean avocado exports could drop by half this season, says Cabilfrut

December 10th, 2014

Despite an attractive domestic avocado market this season, a large Chilean grower has warned there will be consequences if the industry loses focus on foreign trade.

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Mission Produce teams up with Lantao for Chinese avocado sales

November 27th, 2014

Mission Produce has raised its avocado sales in China by 15% since a partnership was reached with Lantao.

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Aussie produce industry welcomes China FTA

November 17th, 2014

Australia’s fresh fruit, vegetable and orange juice sectors are all set to gain after the signing of an FTA with China.

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Peruvian mega-irrigation project seeks new farming investors

November 17th, 2014

The first crops have been planted as part of a US$280 million dam project in Peru to support agriculture, including sugarcane, avocados and blueberries.

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China: Fruitday gears up for Mexican blackberries, Chilean avocados

November 14th, 2014

After tripling sales in the last year, Fruitday co-founder Loren Zhao looks ahead for fruit imports in 2014-15.

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NZ: building markets to support record avocado crop

November 3rd, 2014

“The trick with Asia is you’ve got so many opportunities, it’s just which one’s going to strike first?” says John Carroll.

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Profits plummet for Camposol in Q3

October 30th, 2014

Expenses, sourcing costs and lower prices put the strain on Camposol’s profits in the third quarter.

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Kenyan avocado farmers lifted by five-year NZ aid program

October 15th, 2014

New Zealand’s Plant and Food Research is hoping to double 1,200 Kenyan avocado growers’ returns in a decade.

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Advertorial: Subsole overcomes key challenges facing global avocado industry

October 15th, 2014

Subsole’s new marketing plan involves letting customers know exactly how much longer the avocados need to mature.

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Colombian avocado industry expects strong export future

October 7th, 2014

Due to new avocado plantings and a recent focus on certification, Colombia is expecting 600% export growth by 2018.

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Advertorial: Chilean avocado growers discover new Gem™

October 3rd, 2014

Westfalia and Subsole are hoping to take the Chilean avocado sector by storm with the Gem™ variety.

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Australia: a high value response to high wages

October 1st, 2014

In the face of high labor costs, Australian growers like Kerry Smerdon have looked to premium crops like macadamia nuts and custard apples to gain an edge.

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Northern Peru’s productive potential

September 22nd, 2014

We take a visit to Peru with a buyer mission organized by SIPPO, which is also looking to find new partners in Colombia.

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Mango exporters ‘can go anywhere’ with new tech use, says Maersk

September 15th, 2014

Maersk says that like avocados and bananas, mangoes also stand to benefit from controlled atmosphere containers.

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U.S.: Calavo income hits historic high in Q3

September 10th, 2014

Calavo has beaten the last quarter’s operating income and has also launched a new cloud technology project.

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Peru: PAC to ‘engage’ U.S. consumers via social media

September 3rd, 2014

The Peruvian Avocado Commission says its ‘smart, relevant, and engaging’ online content will help drive sales.

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U.S.: Florida grower sees substantial growth in green-skinned avocado sales

August 26th, 2014

A Florida producer says green-skinned avocados’ ‘good flavor profile’ is one reason for growing demand.

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Peruvian avocado industry accuses Chile of unfair treatment

August 22nd, 2014

A Peruvian industry representative has asked ‘why aren’t Californian avocados tested for sunblotch in Chile too?’

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Peruvian avocados with sunblotch detected in Chile

August 18th, 2014

Chilean growers hope lab results will give weight to their appeal to prevent unfettered access for Peruvian avocados.

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Mexican agricultural institute warns of avocado industry’s eco impacts

August 15th, 2014

The INIFAP in Mexico has raised concerns the avocado sector is causing rapid deforestation in one state.

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Colombian avocado industry expects U.S. approval in 2014-15

August 14th, 2014

The Colombian avocado industry has the U.S., Russia, Japan and Korea in its sights for export.

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Mexico enjoys colossal growth in key avocado export markets

August 12th, 2014

Mexico’s avocado shipments to its three biggest importers increased by around a third from January to June.

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Peru anticipates avocado access to key Asian markets next year

August 1st, 2014

Peru’s Hass avocado representative body says it is on track to enter Japan, China and Korea in 2015.

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South African avocados face stronger Peruvian competition in Europe

July 18th, 2014

An ‘oversaturated’ U.S. avocado market has led to Peru competing more heavily with South Africa in the EU.

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Agronometrics releases beta service for fruit market analysis

July 17th, 2014

A new online service aims to make produce market dynamics easy to understand and visualize in context.

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Avocado and orange-colored veggie combo a boost for Vitamin A

July 14th, 2014

An Ohio State University (OSU) study shows pairing avocados with orange veggies helps for Vitamin A conversion.

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Chile: Court of Appeals rejects bid to block Peruvian avocado imports

July 11th, 2014

A request from Chilean growers to block Peruvian avocado imports will now come before the Supreme Court.

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U.S.: PAC throws old avocado marketing concepts “out the door”

July 10th, 2014

The Peruvian Avocado Commission aims to show leadership in revamped web design in the produce industry.

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Chile signs Chinese agreement allowing avocado exports

July 9th, 2014

Chilean authorities in China have signed the final protocol to permit avocado exports to the Asian country.

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New Mexican areas declared as avocado seed borer-free

July 8th, 2014

Two new zones in Mexico will now have more opportunities to move their avocados both nationally and abroad.

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NZ avocado industry receives new government funding

June 25th, 2014

Jen Scoular believes New Zealand can quadruple avocado export revenue and reduce dependence on trade with Australia.

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Colombia evaluates avocado suitability for U.S.-bound exports

June 24th, 2014

APHIS has overseen assessments of Colombian avocado farms to test for the presence of quarantine pests.

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Argentine avocados on path to recovery

June 13th, 2014

After a disastrous season, Argentine avocado growers are intent on renourishing orchards and getting back on track.

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Opinion: what happened to the Guacapocalypse?

June 10th, 2014

While the “Guacapocalyspe” has not happened, prices look set to surge if Mexico doesn’t lift volumes significantly by Labor Day.

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New Zealand’s avocado sales soar

June 10th, 2014

New Zealand’s avocado industry enjoyed record income this season and is set to remain strong.

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SIPPO to lead buyer mission at Expoalimentaria Peru

June 3rd, 2014

A Swiss Government-backed import promotion program will be bringing buyers to Peru in August.

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U.S.: strong outlook for avocado company as it builds new plant

June 2nd, 2014

Mission Produce will double the level of employment in a new California avocado packhouse.

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Peru plans for strong presence at London Produce Show

May 28th, 2014

With exports due to rise 15% this year, Peru’s produce industry will be making its mark at the London Produce Show.

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Peru: mangoes and asparagus drive Camposol profit growth in Q1

May 23rd, 2014

Profitability outpaced sales growth for Peru’s Camposol in what was a stellar first quarter for 2014.

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Strawberries led Mexican ag export growth in March

May 8th, 2014

Mexico’s agriculture and fishing exports rose by almost 10% year-on-year in March.

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Authorities make progress for Colombian avocado access in the U.S.

April 29th, 2014

APHIS has identified three quarantine pests Colombia needs to address to gain Hass avocado access to the U.S.

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U.S.: Turbana adds seven new products to tropicals program

April 29th, 2014

Florida-based Turbana plans to expand the diversity and geographical reach of its tropical produce deal.

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U.S.: consumer confusion continues over beneficial and harmful fats

April 22nd, 2014

A Hass Avocado Board study has shown most Americans don’t understand the benefits of “good” fats.

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South Africa’s Avozilla set for return to U.K. shelves

April 4th, 2014

South Africa’s super avocado is expected to return for a second season to Tesco’s shelves in the U.K.

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Colombia promotes “más” Hass

April 3rd, 2014

A Hass promotional campaign in Colombia hopes to launch producers into national and international sales.

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Mexican president meets with Michoacán avocado growers

March 14th, 2014

Mexico’s president traveled to the country’s avocado heartland yesterday to take a firm stance against crime.

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South African avocado exports around the corner

March 13th, 2014

Subtrop’s Derek Donkin takes a look at the competitive issues surrounding the upcoming avocado season.

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U.S.: Limoneira revenue jumps in Q1

March 10th, 2014

A leading U.S. lemon and avocado player picked up its game on the financial performance front in the first quarter.

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2014 could be biggest campaign yet for South African avocados

March 6th, 2014

Mark Baker looks back on the 2013 South African avocado season and efforts made for market access in the U.S. and Japan.

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Argentine growers cry foul over Peruvian avocado entry

March 3rd, 2014

Argentine avocado growers are not happy about a proposed entry of Peruvian volume that could “crush” them.

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Peru: new areas approved for U.S.-bound Hass avocado export

February 28th, 2014

Peru’s Senasa has set a series of new requirements for Hass avocado exports to the United States.

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Peru: Camposol aims for year-round supply in avocados, blueberries

February 17th, 2014

From Colombian avocados to U.S. blueberries, Camposol is looking to new supplies to build its brand.

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Opinion: Mexican, Californian avocado deals under the spotlight

January 30th, 2014

Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain looks at market differences between the Mexican and U.S. avocado seasons.

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Public-private partnership to raise export profile of seven Colombian crops

January 27th, 2014

Colombia has highly ambitious goals for export leadership in the future for strawberries and papayas.

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Colombian regional govt slates US$6M for avocado development

January 24th, 2014

Colombia’s department of Antioquia will spend millions of dollars on a range of avocado industry projects.

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Mexican lime region shakes under power struggle

January 21st, 2014

A Mexican cartel has suffered mass arrests, possibly returning power to local lime growers.

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U.S.: avocados drag down Limoneira results in Q4

January 15th, 2014

Limoneira experienced a revenue decline in the fourth quarter, sparked in part by poor avocado results.

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U.S.: avocado board invests US$1M in Peruvian promotions

January 10th, 2014

The Peruvian avocado industry has made big investments in the U.S. to make its presence felt.

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U.S.: Calavo sees “highly encouraging” avocado outlook in 2014

January 8th, 2014

Profit growth was not able to keep pace with a surge in avocado sales for Calavo Growers in the fourth quarter.

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Chilean growers take govt to court over Peruvian avocado entry

January 7th, 2014

Chile’s new avocado industry leader has slammed the rigor of a pest risk analysis for Peruvian imports.

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Spanish avocados approved for U.S. import

January 6th, 2014

Spain has been approved to send avocados to world’s largest import market for the fruit.

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Kenyan avocado farmer looks to go organic

January 3rd, 2014

To compete internationally, one Kenyan avocado grower is looking at fair trade and organic certification.


Israeli avocado exporter forecasts bumper crop

December 19th, 2013

An Israeli avocado exporter is expecting bullish export growth this season.

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“Blood avocado” story appears in Mexican press

December 2nd, 2013

A Vocativ.com story alleging drug cartel involvement in the Mexican avocado trade has gone viral.

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U.S. suspends avocado imports from Mexican town

November 28th, 2013

Safety is the main driver behind a USDA decision to temporarily halt avocado imports from a town in northern Mexico.

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Chilean avocado industry on track to reaching export estimate

November 14th, 2013

Chilean Hass avocado currently leads the European market, where outside supply has been low.

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Mission Produce to push avocado reach in China through partnership

November 7th, 2013

Mission Produce has joined with China’s Lantao to get second-tier city consumers eating more avocados.

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Peru: Camposol earnings more than triple in Q3

October 30th, 2013

Avocado volumes and asparagus prices helped raise profitability for Peruvian exporter Camposol in the third quarter.

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Avocado campaign expands to Spanish-language market

October 23rd, 2013

Avocado marketing takes a broader focus with the “Saborea uno hoy” campaign.

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Culling Hass and spending cash: Cabilfrut’s sacrifice for future production

October 17th, 2013

We look at the measures taken by a Chilean avocado company to overcome an incessant drought.

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Colombia kicks off Hass harvest with national focus

October 15th, 2013

Colombia will produce around 40,000MT of Hass avocados this season, mostly for national consumption.

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Lower Mexican supply makes room for NZ avocados in Asia

October 14th, 2013

New Zealand’s avocado industry is expecting significant improvements in orchard gate returns for growers this year.

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Chile: Fedefruta gives crop-by-crop frost loss update

October 9th, 2013

Chilean frost loss damages estimates have risen by 20 million boxes of fruit.

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Chile looks to new fruit markets, better access

October 9th, 2013

Indonesia, Morocco and India were a few markets highlighted for Chilean fruit opportunities at Fruittrade yesterday.

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New technology to benefit “distant” fruit growers and consumers, says MCI

October 9th, 2013

New technology will help trade to and from far-flung regions with commodities like bananas, avocados, mangoes and asparagus.

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Fairtrasa expands organic fruit program to Colombia

October 8th, 2013

With a new office in Colombia, Fairtrasa will be expanding its Latin American fruit program.

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Thailand and Chile sign FTA

October 7th, 2013

Thailand will remove 90% of tariffs on Chilean products following the signing of a recent free trade agreement.

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Peruvian avocado production to grow in 2014

October 4th, 2013

Consultancy Maximixe has released its forecast for next year’s Peruvian avocado crop.

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Avocado prices dip on saturated European market

October 4th, 2013

South African avocado growers reported low prices as Peru remains on the European market.

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Peru extends avocado season by two weeks

October 1st, 2013

Great prices have led to a longer Peruvian Hass avocado export deal this year.

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The Hass Horn: the impacts of Mexican weather on U.S. avocado supply

September 26th, 2013

Avocado expert Avi Crane discusses a “rain market” that surpasses anything experienced by the industry in the past.

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Marginal rise for Chilean fruit export volume in 2012-13

September 26th, 2013

Export growth for Chile’s strongest fruit commodities helped offset heavy falls for products like avocados and oranges last season.

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Chile: frosts may cut some crops by 25% in two key regions

September 25th, 2013

Blueberries, cherries and plums look likely to be the biggest victims of Chile’s recent frosts, but other crops have also been affected.

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Chile: ASOEX releases frost briefing

September 24th, 2013

Chilean fruit experts are currently evaluating the impacts of frosts on a variety of key export crops.

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Peru and Mexico to discuss joint avocado marketing efforts

September 23rd, 2013

Peru’s agriculture minister hopes to work with Mexico to strengthen a complementary global avocado trade.

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Agreement abates Andean avocado animosity

September 20th, 2013

Chile’s Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG) has reportedly vowed to withdraw Peruvian avocado import restrictions.

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New avocado plantings set Chilean industry back on track

September 17th, 2013

Cabilfrut’s Juan Pablo Cerda discusses moves to close an avocado supply gap left by Chile and Peru.

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Volume down and marketing up for Mexican avocados

September 17th, 2013

Mexico’s new marketing board, Avocados from Mexico, will be investing millions this year in winning over U.S. consumers.

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U.S.: Hawaiian avocados approved for mainland sales

September 13th, 2013

Foodies on the U.S. mainland are set to have another avocado variety to diversify their palates.

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Colombia: Caldas growers sign avocado export deal

September 12th, 2013

A new Colombian department is ready to jump on the country’s fast-moving Hass avocado export bandwagon.

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Malaysia: new facility to boost fruit import trade, claims Chop Tong Guan

September 10th, 2013

A recent Asia Fruit Award winner discusses the key fruits that are making ground in the Malaysian market.

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“Impressive clip” avocado growth strengthens Calavo’s Q3 results

September 6th, 2013

Calavo Growers outstripped the sales growth rate for the U.S. avocado industry as a whole in the third quarter.

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Chile expects avocado production rise this season

August 28th, 2013

Chile expects growth for its avocado harvest this year despite previous pessimism around frosts and low rainfall.

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U.S. tests experimental foam to take on avocado tree pest

August 27th, 2013

ARS scientists are testing an alternative to insecticide spraying for treating ambrosia beetles in avocado trees.

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Nutrition in focus for new Hass Avocado Board marketing campaign

August 13th, 2013

The Hass Avocado Board will be reaching out to health professionals and consumers.

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Peru keeps high hopes for Japanese avocado market

August 7th, 2013

Peruvian officials hope to win Japan’s favor and enter the nation’s avocado market.

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Mexico: packhouse grows avocado potential in Jalisco

July 31st, 2013

Mevi Avocados and the Oppenheimer Group hope to expand on avocado production in a key Mexican state.

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Chile: winter weather leaves avocado production on watch

July 30th, 2013

The Chilean industry is calculating the effect of recent freezes on the nation’s avocado production.

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Mexico makes advances in Japan

July 19th, 2013

Mexican horticultural exporters are viewing several Asian countries as “high value” markets.

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The Hass Horn: July-August 2013 North American avocado supply outlook

June 28th, 2013

Avi Crane gives a rundown of upcoming avocado supply dynamics between the U.S., Mexico, Peru and Chile.


Mexican scientists map avocado genome

June 17th, 2013

Scientists in Guanajuato have completed genome mapping for a native Mexican avocado variety.

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Finding a solution to avocados’ alternate bearing

June 13th, 2013

Chilean agronomist Francisco Mena discusses his consultancy’s work in tackling alternate bearing in avocados.

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Chinese market opens for new Chilean fruits

June 7th, 2013

A range of Chilean horticultural and meat products will now be allowed into China after authorities announced phytosanitary approval.

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Mexico: organic avocado sales rise 20% in Michoacan

June 7th, 2013

Consumers in a key Mexican avocado-growing state are turning their attention to organic produce.

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U.S.: Calavo expects gains from new “blue chip” customers

June 6th, 2013

Sales rose for Calavo Growers in the second quarter as the company continued investments to expand avocado category leadership.

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U.S.: Hass variety drives avocado category growth

June 5th, 2013

A U.S. study has found the Hass variety accounted for 94% of retail avocado sales in 2012.

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Peru: mangoes and asparagus bolster Camposol’s Q1 results

May 17th, 2013

Higher prices for Camposol’s mainstay crop raised profitability in the first quarter, with a bigger avocado deal around the corner.

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Mexico: Triple H makes shift to market focus

May 15th, 2013

A Sinaloa-based group has moved away from direct production to focus on marketing produce in North America.

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Colombia a “paradise” for avocados, says Antioquia leader

May 14th, 2013

The Colombian avocado industry is ramping up production, GlobalG.A.P. certifications and market access talks.

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U.S.: Green Giant adds avocados to the mix

May 7th, 2013

Green Giant Fresh will be selling avocados in the U.S. this year in conjunction with a major logistics company.

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Chilean industry weighs up avocado exports to China

May 7th, 2013

Although Chilean avocados would face a tough market in China, an industry representative believes in the market’s opportunities.

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Colombia’s growing avocado model

April 22nd, 2013

Colombia may be one of the world’s biggest avocado producers but it still has a way to go in developing an export market.

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NZ fruit exports rose above challenges in 2011-12

April 19th, 2013

New Zealand’s Fresh Facts report highlights a surge in avocado and kiwifruit shipments in the year to June 2012.

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Hass avocado group formed in Colombia

April 17th, 2013

Colombia’s avocado industry has stepped up its game in the push for U.S. market access.

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Hass Avocado Board looks to even greater category growth

April 15th, 2013

The Hass Avocado Board’s Emiliano Escobedo talks about the factors that have pushed U.S. avocado consumption to grow 200%.

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Aiming high for Peruvian avocados in 2013

March 20th, 2013

Peru’s ProHass has its eye on the Chilean market and growth in the U.S. and Europe.

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The Hass Horn: second quarter U.S. avocado supply outlook

March 14th, 2013

Avi Crane reveals his expectations for different avocado suppliers in North America this quarter.

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Mexico: frosts cause avocado losses in Morelos

March 8th, 2013

A state government is arranging an assistance plan for avocado growers hit by frost in Mexico.

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Calavo brings in 2013 with record first quarter results

March 7th, 2013

Calavo CEO Lee E. Cole predicted a record year for the avocado and fresh produce supplier.

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Big volume and small fruit expected from Californian avocados

March 4th, 2013

California is expected to produce 515 million pounds of avocado this season in another strong year.

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Peru: Camposol profitability slumps in Q4

March 1st, 2013

Camposol’s profits have dropped amid higher sales rates, with a significant avocado volume increase in store for 2013.

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Hass avocados continue strong on U.S. market

March 1st, 2013

Hass avocados rank among the strongest growing U.S. fruit categories.

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South Africa prepares for major avocado competition from Peru

February 28th, 2013

South Africa anticipates lower avocado production this season and increased volume pressure from Peru.

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U.S. avocado consumption breaks 1.5 billion pounds

February 4th, 2013

Hass avocados had a record-breaking in the U.S. with 34% growth in consumption.

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Climate change threats prompt Mexico to breed new avocado

January 31st, 2013

Mexican researchers plan to breed a new avocado variety that will resist drier weather from climate change.

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Spanish avocados, apricots on track for U.S. market access

January 31st, 2013

U.S. authorities have proposed to allow imports of Spanish avocados and fresh apricots.

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U.S.: Mission Produce expands North American reach

January 22nd, 2013

U.S. distributor Mission Produce plans to grow its capabilities in Canada and Mexico.

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Mexico pulls out all stops for avocado campaign

January 22nd, 2013

Mexican avocado exporters expect record sales at this year’s Super Bowl.

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Mexican govt identifies states for avocado diversification

January 9th, 2013

The Mexican government is upbeat on avocado market opportunities, researching the viability of new production zones.

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Chile encourages national consumers to pile on the avocado

December 27th, 2012

The Chilean Hass Avocado Committee is confident domestic avocado consumption can reach up to 6 kg per capita.

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Mexican company converts avocado waste into plastic

December 27th, 2012

Mexico’s Biofase is working to convert avocado seeds into 100% biodegradable plastic resins.

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Japan approves market entry for Peruvian avocados

December 5th, 2012

Japan has joined Peru’s list of available avocado market destinations without cold treatment.

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Chile downgrades avocado shipment forecast

November 29th, 2012

Chilean avocado exports should be lower still due to drought and tough Mexican competition.

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Education drives Aussie avocado export growth

November 23rd, 2012

Australian avocados have bucked trends with strong export growth despite exchange rate difficulties.

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Lower crop means good ‘management’ for NZ avocados

November 12th, 2012

Wet weather meant a smaller avocado crop for New Zealand but fortunately the harvest has been dry.

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Peru: big sales drop for Camposol in Q3

October 31st, 2012

Mild “El Niño” weather has hurt avocado production in Peru and dealt a blow to Camposol.

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Opinion: bumblebees as managed avocado pollinators?

October 16th, 2012

David Pattemore looks at how bumblebees may be used to reduced the extremities of alternate bearing in avocados.

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Fressure Foods wants ‘Australasian leadership’ in procesed avocados

October 12th, 2012

Fressure Foods is harnessing New Zealand’s avocado crop surplus with value adding profitability.

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NZ avocado exports in line for rot prediction revamp

September 27th, 2012

NZ’s Plant & Food Research is making strides in avocado rot prediction techniques to improve long distance exports.

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Chile to step up avocado exports to Europe

September 27th, 2012

Chilean avocado producers are increasing shipments to Europe at the expense of U.S. exports.

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The Hass-Horn: October-December U.S. avocado supply outlook

September 26th, 2012

Avi Crane talks about the remarkable rise of avocado consumption and makes forecasts for supplying countries in Q4.

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Peruvian avocado production to rise 16.5% in 2012

September 25th, 2012

Peruvian avocado export values rose significantly this year despite a fall in the average price.

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Del Monte launches avocado snack in U.S. sales bid

September 25th, 2012

Del Monte hopes new avocado pulp snacks will fuel the fruit’s consumption among busy consumers.

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U.S.: Florida researchers make avocado disease breakthrough

September 20th, 2012

U.S. researchers have found laurel wilt is not spread by avocado fruit or seeds.

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Peru: bananas register top growth rate in first seven months of 2012

September 14th, 2012

Banana, grape and avocado exports have had the highest growth rates in the Peruvian fruit industry this year.

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Chilean Hass Avocado Committee forecasts export downgrade

September 4th, 2012

Adolfo Ochagavía discusses the upcoming Chilean export season and the impacts of Peruvian volume.

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Tropical fruit fanatic to publish comprehensive book

August 31st, 2012

We cover a botanist’s journey to document exotic and wonderful tropical fruits from around the globe.

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Mexican avocado exports set to rise by more than 5%

August 27th, 2012

Mexico has developed a series of marketing promotions to boost sales for its rising avocado shipments.

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Peru forecasts Canada-bound ag export growth spurt

August 23rd, 2012

Canada’s demand for high quality and value added products has worked in favor of Peruvian horticulturalists.

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Peru: Camposol sales rise in H1 despite lower volumes

August 16th, 2012

Strong sales in core and emerging products bolstered Camposol revenues in the first half.

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Shipping delays intensify Europe’s oversupply of Peruvian and SA avocados

August 10th, 2012

Port problems have caused headaches for exporters, leading to an avocado glut in Europe.

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Chile: drought impacts Coquimbo fruit growers

August 3rd, 2012

Growers in Chile’s Coquimbo region are having to be more selective about watering their crops.

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U.K. retailer pilots color-code boxes for avocado sales

July 25th, 2012

A traffic light system for denoting avocado ripeness is being tested by a major U.K. supermarket chain.

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Challenging full season U.S. debut for Peruvian avocados

July 23rd, 2012

The industry is hopeful Peru can convert U.S. consumers to its large avocados.

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California Avocado Commission touts foodservice benefits

July 20th, 2012

The CAC says demand for avocados is growing in the foodservice industry.

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Fire destroys Mexican packinghouse

July 17th, 2012

An electical fire has burned down an avocado packinghouse in the northern Mexican state of Michoacán.

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South Africa sets avocado export sights on U.S.

July 17th, 2012

South Africa’s growing avocado industry is looking to develop export markets with the U.S. a new destination.

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Striking a balance between customer satisfaction and grower profitability

July 16th, 2012

Crown Jewels’ Bill Lewis discusses grape and pomegranate supply deals from South America to the U.S. market.

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Mexican avocado exports to U.S. on upward trajectory

July 4th, 2012

Mexican avocado exports to the U.S. are on a positive growth curve following rises in demand.

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More than 20 Colombian fruits meet U.S. admissibility standards

July 3rd, 2012

Colombia can send a wide range of fruits to the U.S. but there are still many exotic products pending approval.

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