And of course, Peru avocado exporters play an important role on the conventional side as well, as during their peak shipping weeks they typically account for 20-30 percent of total volume. McDaniel said established groves are maturing and new orchards continue to come into production, leading to increased production from Peru every year.
McDaniel Fruit is expecting to have Peruvian fruit well into September and receives fruit on both U.S. coasts. While its California customers are very supportive of the California avocado industry, McDaniel said the company has customers in other western states that do order the Peruvian avocados during those months.
As far as this year’s production is concerned, McDaniel said bagged avocados continue to increase their footprint at retail and the company’s Peruvian supplies will also be increasing their production of the bagged SKUs.