South African avocados: “Prices aren’t crazy, but good” as much smaller crop comes in

South African avocados: “Prices aren’t crazy, but good” as much smaller crop comes in

Industry is learning to flatten the curve of alternate bearing cycles to establish more predictability of supply

South African avocados: “Prices aren’t crazy, but good” as much smaller crop comes in

The current season is markedly different from last year when a massive crop strained resources and price levels.

So far the European market has been much emptier. In fact, there is an approximate 10,000 4kg equivalent carton difference between avocado supplies from all origins in Europe in 2018 and 2019 at week 24.

Not only are Hass prices up – some exporters say significantly, others more circumspectly call them ‘promising’ – but incidences of sunburn, wind and thrips damage are down, making this one of the best quality seasons he’s ever seen, says Simon Tattersall, MD of Afrupro in Tzaneen. The volumes are strongly down, though, between 35 and 40% in their area, he says.

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