Hurricane Patricia Update on Bananas and Avocados
Earl’s Organic has an exclusive relationship with Mexican banana grower, Coliman organic from Colima, one of the areas hit by Hurricane Patricia last week. Winds up to 200 mph knocked down some of their banana trees but the overall damage is less than originally estimated. The largest challenge is getting their infrastructure back up and running. All of Coliman’s labor is being focused on the clean-up process and they are planning on picking and packing again today. We can expect the overall banana market to be tight through next week but we do not anticipate having a gap on our banana program.
In avocado news, Michocan, the main growing region for avocados in Mexico, was not hit as hard by Patricia as anticipated. The area did experience some rain and as a result we have seen some small brown spots on the outside of the fruit that is barely noticeable as the fruit ripens. This does not affect the quality or flavor of the fruit.