On 31st March, the first ever shipment of Philippine avocados (7,656 tons of Hass) was sent by Dole to China. A ceremony was held to mark the occasion on April 1st at a Dole processing and distribution centre in Shanghai, with local and Philippine dignitaries in attendance, as well as representatives of the sector. The opening of the Chinese market follows several other successful ventures for Dole in the East. In 2017, the company sent its avocados to the Middle East, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Hong Kong.
Philippine Hass avocados offer high quality at a low cost, almost all year round. The country’s relatively proximity to China also ensures greater freshness of the products. The avocados are currently being sold by Hema Fresh, the ‘new retail’ supermarket owned by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.