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Another day, another shortage. In the last year, we’ve faced down possible shortages of coffee, rose, and scotch and we’ve survived. But now, another crisis is on the horizon and this one is the scariest of all: avocados. Meaning soon, both our beloved avocado toast and guacamole could be in danger.
So what’s the problem? Well, most avocados are imported to the U.S. from Mexico, and the growers south of the border to holding out on us as they attempt to negotiate higher payments from packers. And while California normally produces a decent amount of avocados, drought conditions caused a less-than-hearty harvest this year. This, coupled with a decreased imports from Mexico (down to 13 million pounds a week from a regular amount of 45 million), is driving costs up. The result? A wholesale price that’s two to four times higher than usual.
There is good news: it is expected that the dispute between growers and packers should be resolved soon. But there will be a lag between the resolution and prices going down, so for the time being, you’ll probably be paying more for that avocado toast or that side of guac at fajitas and margaritas night. Luckily for me… I don’t like avocados, so just bring me a side of sour cream and I’ll be just fine. .