Keeping avocados (and other imports) fresh depends on the growing cold chain

Nov 16, 2023
Imported avocados make up roughly 90% of U.S. supply — most are from Mexico. Many of these fruits pass through the Port of Laredo, which has seen recent growth in cold chain infrastructure.
A forklift moves boxes of produce at the Mission Produce distribution facility in Laredo, Texas.
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Some consumers have had a soft spot for avocados during the pandemic

May 5, 2021
Demand for avocados rose about 7% last year. But some consumers found there were drawbacks to buying them via curbside delivery.
With consumers spending more time in grocery stores and restaurants, consumption of avocados is expected to continue to increase.
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Millennials and avocados are key to Chipotle's comeback

Oct 22, 2019
The fast-casual chain has turned around business since the health scares of years past.
Online orders account for almost a fifth of sales at Chipotle. Above, the restaurant's workers fill orders.
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Home sales drop 11.4 percent in April

May 23, 2017
It has to do more with inventory than avocado toast.
New home sales fell in April but were up 0.5 percent compared to the same period a year ago.
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How to save for a house and have your avocado toast, too

May 19, 2017
It's about the big expenses, not the small ones.
Avocado consumption has been increasing every year since 2010.

Let's talk about avocado toast

Apr 6, 2017
Some might say avocado toast has jumped the shark. I say we're just getting started.
Cafe St. Jorge and its famous avocado toast.
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U.S. avocado consumption is ripe

Jun 16, 2015
We take a look at what the peak market means for farmers and the industry.

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Avocado sales ripen around the world

Oct 15, 2014
Avocado growers in Mexico are eyeing a larger market in Asia.

California growers complain of farm worker shortage

Sep 14, 2012
Some farms say they don't have enough workers to get their crops in. For mushroom growers, it's always harvest time, and one farm has found an unusual source of labor.