Mission Produce becomes the first US importer of avocados from Jalisco, Mexico
Additional Volume Supports Reliable Year-Round Supply of Avocados to Meet US Demand
Mission Produce Laredo Team
OXNARD, Calif., July 29. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mission Produce, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVO) (“Mission” or the “Company”), a global leader in the supply, production and distribution of fresh Hass avocados with additional offerings of mangoes, announced today that it has imported some of the first avocados into the United States from the Mexican state of Jalisco. The new United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) certification of Jalisco avocados for the U.S. market gives Mission access to an additional source of premium fruit supply, helping the company meet a strong domestic demand.
“We are excited to expand our long-standing partnerships with Jalisco growers to bring an enhanced supply of high-quality avocados to the United States,” said Keith Barnard, senior vice president of sales and supply at Assignment. “Jalisco has supported our growing distribution in export markets since 2009, so we are in an optimal position to capitalize on the region’s access to the United States and strengthen supply consistency for our American customer base.”
More than 600 orchards on 8,000 hectares of avocado trees in Jalisco have been officially certified by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). 1 The Association of Producers-Exporters of Aguacate de Jalisco (APEAJAL) predicts that producers will initially export three to five thousand tons of Hass avocados to the United States each week. 1 The majority of Mission’s avocado imports from Jalisco will be routed through the company’s mega distribution center in Laredo, Texas to the rest of Mission’s nationwide network.
“Jalisco’s fruit is of excellent quality – the region is home to highly skilled growers, professionally managed farms and high-yielding trees,” said Rigo Perez, director of Mexico Sourcing. “Additionally, the Mendez and Hass crops from Jalisco extend the season for avocados available in the U.S. by approximately six to eight weeks, so we look forward to leveraging the additional volume to complement our existing Michoacán sourcing strategy. .
“After sourcing fruit from Jalisco for decades, we are thrilled to be one of the first to bring this premium product to the US market,” Barnard said. “Avocados have become a staple of the American diet, so the increase in available supply is supporting the category’s growth.”
“Mexican Avocados from Jalisco are Licensed in the United States” Produce Blue Book. July 18, 2022. Available at https://www.producebluebook.com/2022/07/18/mexican-avocados-from-jalisco-allowed-into-us/#.
About Mission Produce, Inc.:
Mission Produce is a global leader in the global avocado industry. Since 1983, Mission Produce has sourced, produced and distributed fresh Hass avocados and, beginning in 2021, fresh mangoes, to retail, wholesale and foodservice customers in more than 25 countries. The vertically integrated company owns and operates four state-of-the-art packaging facilities in key growth locations globally, including California, Mexico and Peru, and has additional sourcing capabilities in Chile , Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Brazil, Ecuador, South Africa and more, which enable the Company to provide a year-round supply of premium fruit. Mission’s global distribution network includes 12 advanced distribution centers strategically positioned in key markets in North America, China and Europe, offering value-added services such as ripening, bagging, custom packaging and logistics management. For more information, visit www.missionproduce.com.
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