May 27 2019

center_img South Africa: Maluma Symposium has ‘become a highl … Avocados in Charts: Market jumps US$5 in one week … Florida’s avocado season is gearing up, and though the industry has faced its share of challenges, it expects 2019’s volumes to be on par with a typical year, says Brooks Tropicals.Peter Leifermann, vice president of sales and marketing, elaborates: “Overall acreage is down here – due to development and some grove loss to the Laurel Wilt virus – but our overall industry estimates are comparable with a typical year.”This is a positive change from the previous two years’ crops, which suffered damages caused by Hurricane Irma.”After our 2017 season was cut short by Hurricane Irma, and 2018 was a regenerative year for the trees, we’re happy to be heading into a more normal season, with promotional volume this summer,” he comments.Meanwhile, growing conditions this season have been closer to ideal, he says.”We had a pretty mild winter, with no real frost scares. But so far it has been a dry spring. And no hurricane in over 18 months!”He notes that Florida avocados are seeing some harvesting delays, though. Growers were only able to harvest about 25% of early estimates last week.last_img

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