The US has become a nation of “super” avocado-consumers
Strong growth forecast for Australian avocado
Australia’s avocado industry keeps growing, reaching record volumes in the 2019/20 campaign. According to data published by Avocados Australia, avocado production was up 2% to 87,546 tons, and worth AUS$15.9million. While domestic consumption fell slightly to $845million, exports rose by over 25% in value to $25million.
Chilean avocados gain foothold in Australia
Chile’s first avocado campaign exporting to Australia has already seen almost 150 tons of Hass shipped across the Pacific. On August 4th, Chile became only the second country, after New Zealand, to be authorised to export fresh Hass avocados to the Australian market. Data published by ASOEX (Association of Fruit Exporters), Chile has sent 148 tons of Hass avocados to Australia since Chile’s export season began on September 1st. Australians are among the world’s largest consumers of avocado, consuming 3.8 kilos per capita each year.
First Colombian avocados land in China
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Colombian Hass avocados arrived in China for the first time on July 1st. Having set off from the Port of Buenaventura on May 28th, the 23-ton shipment landed in Shanghai and was released to importer Mr. Avocado. The protocol between China and Colombia was signed on December 13th 2019, and adds to a growing list of countries that can export avocados to the Asian giant, which includes the US, the Philippines, Mexico, Peru, Chile, New Zealand and Kenya (for frozen avocados).
Westfalia Fruit sends Colombian avocados to Japan
After years of hard work, a container carrying 16 tonnes of quality Colombian Hass avocados has been exported from Westfalia Fruit Colombia (WFC) to Yokohama, Japan. This is the first time that WFC has shipped avocados to the country.
“Colombia’s avocados are in such good condition that WFC is confident shipping avocados to markets that require longer transit times – including Japan, Russia and the Middle East,” says WFC General Manager, and newly elected Vice Chairperson of the Colombian Avocado Board, Pedro Aguilar.
Spain’s avocado farmers advised to choose organic
Following Spain’s avocado boom, the sector is experiencing issues which were previously encountered with other products, such as persimmon, pomegranate, and almond. The fruit’s profitability has led to a shortage of seedlings and rocketing prices. Sudden growth can be followed by saturation and price slumps. This is why agronomist with the Ministry of Agriculture, Tomás Faulí, advised producers at a recent event in Valencia to develop organic avocado to clearly differentiate the market.
Chinese take delivery of first Colombian avocados
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Spanish avocado export volumes rise as prices tumble
Spanish avocado exports were up again this year, rising 6% from the previous campaign. However, the lower sale price meant the value of the exports was actually 1% lower than in 2017/18, at about €225 million. The EU is the main market for the avocados grown in Andalusia, receiving 94% of the total export volume. The main destinations are France (35%), the Netherlands (14%), Germany (13%) and the UK (10%).