Mexican dispute halts avocado exports


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - A price dispute between avocado producers in Mexico's heartland for production and packing companies has brought exports of the fruit to a halt.

A recent Bloomberg report says avocado growers stopped harvesting last week, so shipments to Mexico’s three top avocado buyers -- the U.S., Canada, and Japan -- have been suspended, and shipments of the green super fruit to the U.S. have stopped.

The growers and packers are arguing over the minimum price paid to the avocado farmers.

Some U.S. grocery stores, including Food Lion, and restaurants, including Firehouse Subs, are already running short of avocados, according to Bloomberg's report.

The Mexican Economy Ministry reports 77 percent of its exported avocados are shipped to the United States.

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