Uruapan River

Uruapan, Mexico


Uruapan, land of the Avocado King


The global demand for avocados continues to grow. In Europe, the US and Australia, the avocado has rid itself of its image as an ‘exotic’, having become more of a mainstream product. On the European market, prices were high, not just because of growing demand, but also due to delayed ships. In the United States, consumption is on the rise, but the acreage is decreasing. Growers in California are facing water shortages. The gap between supply and demand is filled with import from neighbouring Mexico. In several producing countries, such as Spain and New Zealand, growers are lining up at the nurseries. Waiting times run up to a year in Spain, and nearly two years in New Zealand. Various countries on the American continents are focusing on increased production, with a growing acreage in Peru, a larger harvest in Mexico, and Colombia exporting for a higher amount of dollars than last year. Toward the end of June, Peru gained access to the Chinese market. Israel and Costa Rica imposed import restrictions. Costa Rica is boycotting a number of countries out of fear for sunblotch, and Israel bans all imported avocados.

Colombia exports more than ever .In the first quarter of last year, the export from the Latin American country to Europe amounted to 4.6 million dollars. The export was thus higher than last year’s total export, which amounted to 4 million. The main destinations are the Netherlands, Great Britain, Spain and France. The yield per hectare, 8.8 tonnes, is higher than for countries like Chile and Peru.