Avo a smash hit as prices drop

Sunday Herald Sun - - NEWS - VANESSA MARSH

SMASHED avo will be back on the menu this sum­mer with a record Aus­tralian av­o­cado har­vest ex­pected to see prices drop.

More than 75,000 tonnes of av­o­ca­dos are pre­dicted to be pro­duced in 2017-18, a sig­nif­i­cant jump from this year’s 66,000 tonne har­vest.

Avo­lu­tion av­o­cado mar­ket­ing firm chief ex­ec­u­tive Antony Allen said Aussies could not get enough of the break­fast favourite and grow­ers had been plant­ing more trees to keep up with de­mand.

“We’re start­ing to see a lot of those new trees (bear fruit) so that’s where this in­crease in pro­duc­tion has come from,” Mr Allen said.

“Grow­ers have been work­ing to meet sup­ply de­mand for a num­ber of years and that’s al­ways been the in­ten­tion of grow­ers to meet what con­sumers are seek­ing.”

Mr Allen said the large vol­ume of av­o­ca­dos be­ing pro­duced meant prices should be fairly low but it was hard to pre­dict with­out know­ing how high de­mand would be.

He said they would come back down in price to that of mid last year “when re­tail pric­ing was around $2.20 to $2.80 with those two-for deals where it’s two for $4 or $5”.

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