On April 1, word broke that if President Trump were to follow through on his plans to close the Mexico border, the country’s supply of avocados would run out within a month. Nearly half of all of the United States’ produce is actually imported from Mexico, with avocados being one of the largest imports (in terms of vegetables and fruit).
While the U.S. does get produce imported from other countries, it still takes time to adjust any trade plans. Although all produce in the country would be hit hard by a border closure, it really is avocados that would see the greatest hit.
This is the time of year when the biggest supplier of avocados for the U.S. is Mexico, and if the border were to close, it would take less than a month for the country to not just face a shortage, but to actually run out. The California growing season for avocados is only kicking off now, which means that it will take some time before they are ready for sale and distribution.
As soon as this information broke, the price of avocados began to rise, with many importers deciding that they need to stockpile reserves in order to protect against a potential closure. On April 3, “Delish” updated their own report about the growing avocado crisis with news that prices on Haas Avocados has officially surged, with the potential for things to get much worse. A senior analyst, Roland Fumasi, who is the Rabobank vice president is quoted as saying that the price of avocados could, “easily double or triple if we shut down the border.”
Although the president has not yet followed through on shutting down the border, even talk about the possibility has clearly already impacted prices, with avocado lovers beginning to see the hit at local stores. If the border between Mexico and the U.S. is closed, the country will apparently run out of avocados before the month is out.
Written and Edited by Kimberley Spinney
Delish – U.S. Avocado Supplies Would Run Out In Less Than A Month If The Mexico Border Closes This Week
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