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Food ‘Demand Explosion’ Rockets Avocado Prices to Record High

19:35  05 may  2017
19:35  05 may  2017 Source:   grubstreet.com

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Soon, they will be more valuable than gold. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images. Avocados are something of a problematic little fruit, between the deforestation and involvement of drug gangs. That hasn’t slowed down the growth in demand , causing avocado prices to hit a record high .

This has caused the price of Mexican Hass avocados to increase by more than 100 percent, with 22-pound boxes now going for . This is all happening, Nicolaus Vorwerk of guacamole exporter Agora America tells Financial Times, during a “ demand explosion ” across the globe from Europe

Avocados lie on display at a Spanish producer's stand at the Fruit Logistica agricultural trade fair on February 8, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. The fair, which takes place from February 8-10, is taking place amidst poor weather and harvest conditions in Spain that have led to price increases and even rationing at supmermarkets for fresh vegetables across Europe. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) © Sean Gallup Avocados lie on display at a Spanish producer's stand at the Fruit Logistica agricultural trade fair on February 8, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. The fair, which takes place from February 8-10, is taking place amidst poor weather and harvest conditions in Spain that have led to price increases and even rationing at supmermarkets for fresh vegetables across Europe. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Avocados are something of a problematic little fruit, between the deforestation and involvement of drug gangs. That hasn’t slowed down the growth in demand, causing avocado prices to hit a record high. Production by Mexican farmers, who are the United States’ main suppliers, is expected to decrease by 20 percent, and California’s output could be slashed by 50 to 60 percent due to bad weather.

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Avocado prices have risen to a record due to surging global demand and reduced harvests from major producers Mexico, Peru and California. Analysts expect prices to remain at "elevated levels" after a growers strike in Mexico and drought in California led to a severe supply crunch last year.

The problem in Mexico is that bad weather has happened during an off year for avocado trees, when they’d be producing less fruits anyway. This has caused the price of Mexican Hass avocados to increase by more than 100 percent, with 22-pound boxes now going for $26. To compensate for the thinning supply, Peru, where output will probably also decline, is expected to relieve American brunchers with emergency avocados. This is all happening, Nicolaus Vorwerk of guacamole exporter Agora America tells Financial Times, during a “demand explosion” across the globe from Europe (where 8.8-pound boxes cost almost twice as much as in 2009) to China.

Are Avocados Actually About to Get Cheaper?! .
For the first time in what seems like forever, avocado prices are calming down.“Prices in the foreseeable future will stabilize a little, and you won’t see a sharp incline,” said Robert Bonghi, the director of procurement and pricing at the Produce Alliance. “Growers are trying to put more trees in the ground to keep up,” he said, but don’t get too excited just yet. “You’re not going to see 10 avocados for a dollar.” After all: It’s a reprieve, not a miracle.

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