Colombia Avocados shows path for consistent quality

From The Produce News | 8 June 2023

Overview of avocados from Colombia in the U.S. market, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published on June 6, 2023. 

The Colombia Avocado Board released its first ever Colombian avocado handling guide. The guide, authored by industry expert John Bower, includes support for everyone throughout the supply chain, from pre-planting to retail, on the best methods for maintaining the appearance, flavor and shelf life of avocados from the Colombian region. The handling guide can be downloaded here:

CAB has been working on the guide for nine months, during which time Bower traveled to the region and followed the supply chain to study the data and the avocados, himself. The guide was developed to help growers, shippers and importers/exporters achieve and maintain the highest quality product for the longest possible time. The detailed guide provides in-depth information as to why CAB recommends steps be taken and how those steps will benefit Colombia avocado quality.

avocado volumes by histo 1

Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

With avocado popularity and production continuing to grow, CAB recognized the need for an industry-wide handling guide specific to avocados from its region. “While the growth continues to astound us, we recognize that also means we need to prove ourselves as a consistent and high-quality supply region. This is a tool that helps us move the needle forward and provide those assurances that buyers are looking for,” said William Watson, managing director of CAB.

Colombia is a year-round global avocado producer and exporter that continues to expand acreage, as well as more certified orchards and packing facilities. “Providing everyone with access to this free Colombian Avocado Handling Guide, we hope to move toward industry norms for our fruit,” said Watson. “Our goal in developing this guide is to enable every person throughout the supply chain to provide the best avocados possible to their customers and build on our reputation as a global avocado leader.”

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