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According to the most recent Department of Agriculture weekly retail price report, the average Online Cigarettes Store USA national price of a Haas avocado was $2.10 July 5, compared to $1.17 from the July 6, 2018, report.
Liz Garrison, a nurse in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, said she was shocked when the bag of six small avocados she normally buys at Trader Joe's was $6.50 this week. She's paid $2.50 for the same bag on past trips.
“I eat an avocado a day. That’s a lot to spend on something I’m eating Newport Pleasure so frequently,” Garrison said. Magaña outlined three main reasons fueling the increase.
"One is expanding global demands, including U.S. demand – it just continues to grow,” he said. “Avocados are not only consumed now for Super Bowl or during Cinco de Mayo celebrations but year-round consumption.”
California's avocado season is coming to an end and was the smallest crop in more than a decade, he said.
Mexico is the top supplier of fruits and vegetables to the U.S., with $13 billion imported from the country last year. Almost 90% of avocados come from Mexico.
“We’ve had the possibility of (Mexico) tariffs and the border closing and also a few weeks ago the probability of tariffs on all commodities coming from Mexico, and we’ve observed a few price spikes,” Magaña said. “But now is only a supply-and-demand combination.”