An inside look at avocado market fluctuations

For U.S. terminal market avocado prices, high prices tend to be in September and October with low prices in January and December, along with a mid-season price increase in May.

The Los Angeles terminal market shows a consistent, year-over-year increase of 50 percent for the months of August and September.

The Miami terminal market hits higher-than-average prices during low supply, portraying 27 percent growth in July 2016 and 30 percent in August 2017.

While Atlanta’s market has higher prices during the low-price season of November to March, in 2015 prices for these months were 13 percent above the U.S. average. In 2016, prices were 9 percent above average, in 2017 they were 12 percent higher, and for the first few months of 2018 prices were 15 percent above average.

This is an excerpt from the most recent Produce Blueprints quarterly journal. Click here to read the full article.

Monica Gallo Riofrio earned an MBA from INCAE in Costa Rica and previously served as a price analyst. She is an agribusiness consultant and contributes her expertise to executive education programs.