Organic Avocado Update
Organic Avocados have begun gapping this week and we anticipate a very limited supply through September/October. The California season ended very early. This was abetted by an extreme heat event in June, which caused the trees to “drop fruit.” Resulting in tons of fruit loss.
We have already started pulling Mexican organic avocados but supply is very tight because the first two blooms have had small sets and poor yields. Last year was a bumper crop year in Mexico. Therefore this year is forecasted to have lower volume, as avocados are an alternate bearing fruit. Expect a smaller overall Mexican organic crop for 2016.
The Mexican avocado season has 3 phases – flora loca, aventejara, and normal. The normal bloom is where the volume is this year. We are currently in the flora loca, moving into aventejara in the next couple weeks, then into normal by late October. As if this was not enough, heavy rain in Mexico has limited the time pickers can spend in the orchards harvesting what fruit is there.
We will continue to keep you informed and appreciate your understanding.