An overview of the global avocado market (Fresh Plaza, 17 April) indicates that despite restrictions on movement and lockdowns, demand for avocados has not dropped. In the Netherlands, the coronavirus crisis seems to be driving up demand for avocados, together with citrus and summer fruits. In Belgium prices are currently at a normal level for the time of year. However, the market in Germany is quiet, and there are concerns about the supply to French supermarkets due to logistical problems. In Spain, high demand will cause the season to end early. And a major wholesaler in Northern Italy says that demand remains stable despite the coronavirus.
South Africa produced larger volumes this year, and is a formidable competitor for Peru in Europe.