Av­o­cado de­mand at an all-time high

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BUND­ABERG av­o­cado grow­ers are on a roll with Aus­tralia’s cafe-lov­ing hordes shrug­ging off $20 price tags for smashed-avo on toast.

Cafe­go­ers have chewed through the coun­try’s sup­plies of the fruit, forc­ing lo­cal sell­ers to tap New Zealand grow­ers for ex­tra stocks.

Once ac­cused as a cul­prit lock­ing a gen­er­a­tion of mil­len­ni­als out of home own­er­ship, our av­o­cado love af­fair has grown al­most 10 per cent in the past 12 months with the av­er­age Aus­tralian now con­sum­ing 3.5kg of av­o­cado in a sin­gle year.

De­mand for the ubiq­ui­tous smashed avo on toast and new favourites in­clud­ing guacamole and the more dar­ing choc-avo mousse, has ex­hausted lo­cal stocks, fu­elling ex­pec­ta­tions Aus­tralia could im­port 20,000 tonnes to meet de­mand over sum­mer.

Av­o­cado con­sump­tion is un­likely to slow. Lo­cal con­sump­tion has more than dou­bled in the past decade to 86,000 tonnes a year.

At this rate of growth, some pun­dits say Aus­tralians are on track to rival their coun­ter­parts in Mex­ico where the av­er­age per­son puts away 10kg a year and bowls of the chopped fruit adorn ev­ery cafe ta­ble, as ubiq­ui­tous as pots of chilli, salt and pep­per.

Sup­ply will in­crease only when new plan­ta­tions in West­ern Aus­tralia start yield­ing fruit in two to three years and tre­ble the lo­cal vol­umes, ac­cord­ing to Avo­lu­tion Avo­ca­does di­rec­tor An­thony Allen.

He says the fruit has cor­nered the mar­ket for food that is health-con­scious and seem­ingly deca­dent.

“The world is mov­ing into a health­ier phase and its one of the few things that are good for you but its yum,” Mr Allen said. “There’s not a lot of foods that tick many boxes.”

Cafe own­ers are pay­ing up to $30 a tray for avo­ca­does, last Novem­ber the price hit $100.

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