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Mexican farmers cut U.S. avocado supply

Staff Writer | October 17, 2016
Allegedly, due to a negotiation tactic by Mexican avocado growers, prices in California of the fruits are up close to 400 percent.
Mexican farmers
Food trade   Mexican growers are reportedly withholding the fruit
Mexican growers are reportedly withholding the fruit from packers as they negotiate higher prices, and that has put a stranglehold on the volume of avocados heading north.

Instead of the roughly 45 million pounds the U.S. imported on a weekly basis this time last year, the Hass Avocado Board reports that only 13.7 million pounds were imported last week.

As such, the price has gone up — and that is felt both by the average shopper and local restaurants.

Large chain supermarkets like Safeway will likely escape the brunt of this price increase — they have long-term contracts in place to guarantee prices, as the Chron notes. It's the smaller shops and restaurants that will really be hit.