Some Florida avocado varieties down in volume

From Fresh Plaza | 17 July 2023

Overview of avocados from Florida in the U.S. market, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published on July 12, 2023. 

The Florida avocado season is underway. “It started about three weeks ago which was a few weeks later this year. We’ll probably have fruit all the way through March,” says Eddie Caram of New Limeco.

He notes that in some varieties such as Donnie, there is about 15-20 percent less fruit this year compared to last year’s crop. “We had a heavier crop than usual of that variety last year and that could have affected it,” says Caram. “However we also had pretty cold weather in December and January and that also could have affected things. The other varieties seem to be okay though and similar to last year’s production.”

avocado volumes by histo 10

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

Future production

For New Limeco, it has also planted some later varieties so that there’s more fruit to fill in gaps within the harvesting of various types of Florida avocados. Production will happen on those new plantings this year and it will also continue to increase over the next two to four years. At the same time, Florida growers continue to contend with Laurel wilt, a disease that can kill avocado trees. “It is tough but we are trying to control it and replant as much as possible in our groves,” says Caram.

As for demand for Florida avocados, it remains steady and growing even, particularly given the fact that generally, avocado demand is strong and fueled partly by the health benefits associated with the fruit.

That said, pricing is fairly similar to last year at this time and Caram says it will likely remain steady until the end of the year.

The News in Charts is a collection of stories from the industry complemented by charts from Agronometrics to help better tell their story.

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