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Mexico set for 4% rise in avocado exports

Mexico’s Hass avocado production is forecast to rise to 1.8 million tons and its exports to total over 1.0 million tons in 2016/17.

Traders anticipate Mexico’s avocado exports in the 2016/17 marketing year will rise about 4% on the previous year to over 1 million tons.

This is attributed to expectations of continuing good international demand for Mexican Hass avocados and the fact the depreciation of the peso against the dollar is helping international sales in general.

The US is Mexico’s top export market, consuming 77-79% of its all its avocado exports. Japan and Canada are strategic market niches for Mexico, taking about a 9% and 6% share respectively.

According to a USDA Gain report, market intelligence suggests Mexico is set to produce 1.8 million tons of Hass avocados in the 2016/17 marketing year (July/June). With official estimates placing the 2015/16 production at 1.64 million tons, that would represent an increase of about 9.7%. The 2014/15 volume was estimated at 1.52 million tons.

The planted for avocados in Mexico for 2016/17 is forecast at 203,732 ha, an 8.7% increase over 2015/16 area planted.

Most states grow Hass but other avocado varieties planted in Mexico, at smaller scales, are Fuerte, Criollo, Bacon, Pinkerton, Gwen and Reed.

Michoacán is Mexico’s leader in avocado production, accounting for 80% of total Mexican avocado production.

“The Mexican Avocado Association of Producers and Export Packers (APEAM – Asociación de Productores y Empacadores Exportadores de Aguacate de México) has started working with producers in Michoacán to invest in technological improvements to ensure that avocados are free of pests and chemical or biological residues.

“This investment continues to improve the quality of the fruit,” the report says.

Source: Mexico Avocado Annual, GAIN Report MX6040, December 1, 2016

 

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Peru set to maintain avocado export level despite El Niño

According to SUNAT and the Peruvian Avocado Commission (PAC), last year 27% of Peru’s avocado exports went to the US and 65% to the EU. Exports to the US are expected to total about 45,000 tons this year.

Peru is set to produce about 180,000 tons of avocados for export this year, an amount roughly equal to last year,

According to a USDA GAIN report, this is despite the 2015-16 El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) weather phenomena delaying the country’s avocado harvest.

However, while Peru’s avocado production in April – which along with May and June is when its production is at its heaviest  – was roughly equivalent to April last year, at about at 44,000 tons, it is about 17% down on 2014’s production of about 53,000 tons.

The report says that Peru’s Hass avocado producers’ association (PROHASS) attributes a bloom drop in the northern growing areas to El Niño-related warmer than normal temperatures, accompanied by higher humidity and rains.

At the same time, lower than normal temperatures accompanied by drier conditions brought the harvest in earlier than anticipated in the south-central growing areas.

According to GAIN sources, export control measures contributed to delaying the harvest by one month.

“Despite the lower production numbers, SUNAT (Peru’s customs and tax authority) reports 40% higher export volumes and a 50% increase in export values for the January-April 2016 period compared to 2015’s figures. This might be due to avocados grown for local consumption being shifted to the export channel,” the report says.

According to SUNAT and the Peruvian Avocado Commission (PAC), last year 27% of Peru’s avocado exports went to the US and 65% to the EU. Exports to the US are expected to total about 45,000 tons this year.

In August 2015, Peru won approval to ship Hass avocados to Japan and China and is this year expected to ship about 5,000 tons to these two markets.

Source: Peru: El Niño and Export Controls Delay Peru’s Avocado Harvest
Image: Hass avocado by sandid via Pixabay (CC0 Public Domain)

 

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Regular shipments to China of Peru’s Hass avocados

Since mid-June a large batch of Peruvian Hass avocados has entered China under the Disney brand, after the inauguration of the modern theme park in Shanghai.

China has shown significant growth in the consumption of avocados, with a 160% increase in consumption over the last two years. In 2015 avocado imports totaled 15,000 tons. Right now, Mexico is the main supplying country but, recently, also the Peruvian Hass avocados obtained the authorization to access the Chinese market at the end of the 2015 season, and regular shipments to that market have started in April of this year 2016. Peru will compete in this interesting market with four fundamental strengths: a good number of professional and experienced exporters, good product quality, excellent period of arrivals and tariff benefits under the free trade agreement with China.

So far during this season, Peru has already shipped the first group containers of Hass avocados to China. Shipments are supposed to continue until end July. Although the main markets are in the big cities, such as Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing, recently there has been a growing demand in inland cities like Hangzhou, Nanjing and Chongqing.

Camposol placing Peruvian avocados for Disney Shanghai

Since mid-June a large batch of Peruvian Hass avocados has entered China under the Disney brand, after the inauguration of the modern theme park in Shanghai. The Peruvian avocados are brought to the market thanks to Camposol and Intercorp. The sales of Peruvian avocados for Disney will be implemented through an authorised importer in Shanghai. The Disney Resort was opened in week 24 with high expectations. The avocados from Peru will be sold onsite in the theme park and in top high-end supermarkets, such as Super City, Ole and RT Mart. The Disney-branded avocados will also be available via specialist fresh fruit stores and online platforms. The Chinese market looks interesting for Hass avocados from Peru, because more and more consumers are seeking fruit and healthy products.

Camposol is the leading agro industrial company in Peru and the third largest employer of the country, with more than 13,000 workers in high season. Now, the company is the top producer of avocados and soon will be also the leading producer of blueberries in the world. Involved in the harvest, processing and marketing of high quality agricultural products such as avocados, asparagus, blueberries, grapes, mangos, peppers, artichokes, tangerines, which are exported to Europe, the US and Asia, Camposol is fully committed to promoting sustainable development through social responsibility policies and projects aimed at increasing value for all its stakeholders.

Photo: Camposol manager José Antonio Gómez