Colombian avocado presence in US continues to grow

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Colombian avocado presence in US continues to grow

Colombia, a global supplier of Hass avocados is currently at the peak of its traviesa season.  The traviesa season typically runs April through August and can peak anytime between May and June. 

During the peak of this season, the U.S. market is receiving more than 50 containers a week of avocados from Colombia. The volume is expected to]decrease gradually throughout the season. 

The growth of the Colombian avocado market comes on the heels of continued year-over-year double and triple digit growth as well as the maturity of the Colombian growing regions.  Today, more than a dozen state-of-the-art packing sheds and more than 400 growers are certified to ship Hass avocados to the U.S. market. 

Colombian avocados are available year-round and due to the region’s tropical climate, have varied blooms and harvest times with two distinct harvest seasons. The seasons include the current traviesa season and the main season that runs from September to January. 

Manuel Michel, Executive Director of the Colombia Avocado Board (CAB) says, “Colombia is at a crossroads of opportunity that is generating economic development and the Hass avocado sector is spearheading efforts in sustainability thanks to their rich agricultural heritage and commitment to maintaining biodiversity through environmental stewardship.” Michel continued, “CAB is excited to be part of the ongoing development and to support the avocado growers, exporters and importers as they invest in Colombia and   leverage their logistical advantage to the East Coast.” 

Colombia has produced and distributed avocados for decades, however, the growth and popularity of Colombia Avocados has expanded due to access to U.S. market starting in 2018 along with expanding country infrastructure improvements. 

The 2023 season concluded with the highest amount of exports every, exceeding 32 million pounds. For 2024, shipments are projected to increase by over 50%, reaching a total volume of 50 million pounds for the entire year.

Colombia is a global avocado exporter with unique advantages thanks to a growing region with reliable rainfall and direct worldwide distribution. CAB has been vital to the success of their grower and importer partners as they partner with global competition for maximum reach which has proven successful for everyone involved.

Interested buyers can visit to learn more about promotional programs, availability and getting started with Colombia Avocados. 

The Global Avocado Summit organized by the Chilean Avocado Committee and Yentzen Group will be held on November 21 at the Casino Monticello event center.

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