Mexico: APEAM confirms harvest has resumed
More than 1,000 picking crews are currently back in the fields in the Mexican state of Michoacán, according to the Avocado Producers and Exporting Packers Association of Mexico (APEAM).
In a statement released yesterday, the organization said it projected 40 million pounds of the fruit would be shipped to the U.S. market this week, followed by strong, steady volumes to help offset the temporary product shortage caused by work stoppages over the last couple of weeks.
"The interruption in harvesting was driven by internal industry issues that have been addressed with mediation by the Michoacán State Government and the Mexican Department of Agriculture (SAGARPA)," the group said.
"The primary issue revolved around sales negotiations between the growers and packers.
"It is important to note that these issues do not fall within APEAM’s purview, as APEAM has no role in the private negotiations between growers and packers. However, APEAM has been using its influence to promote dialogue and agreement between the parties."
APEAM emphasized it had asked importers and retailers for their understanding and patience throughout the process, which was greatly appreciated.
"For over 19 years, the supply of Avocados From Mexico to the U.S. market has been consistent and timely with good, reliable quality.
"APEAM has always and will continue working to support its industry partners according to plans for the season, crop estimates and general weekly forecasts.
"The U.S. marketing team will continue implementing innovative, year-round programs to drive excitement and purchase for the Avocados From Mexico brand that also fuel category growth."