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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.
Antony Allen, the CEO of avocado marketing firm Avolution, said Aussies could not get enough of the breakfast favourite and growers had been putting more trees in the ground 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.”
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.
“They got up to about $6 a piece for a while there.
“They’ll come back down to more like what they were at the start of 2017 and probably middle of last year when retail pricing was around $2.20 to $2.80 with those twofor deals where it’s two for $4 or $5.
“At the moment they’re around the $3.50 to $3.90 mark per piece, but at the end of the day it will all be determined by supply and demand.”
Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas said there was no end in sight for the Aussie avocado love affair. “We certainly believe domestic avocado demand is going to stay high,” he said. “Australians currently eat 3.5kg of avocados per capita.”
He said only a very small portion of Australia’s avocado crop was exported.
“We predict by 2025 we will produce 100,000 tonnes of avocados per year so in years to come, we need strong export markets to complement domestic markets.”
Gary Binmore runs the popular family-owned Teneriffe cafe Kin and Co, which is renowned for its avocado dish served on sourdough with goat’s cheese, sumac and honey-roasted lemon.
“It’s a very popular dish,” he said.
“It’s certainly good news if we’re going to have a lot (of avocados) this year.”
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