January 2021 set a record high for monthly shipments of avocados to the U.S. 320 million pounds of avocados were imported in January, showing a 33% increase from last year. Demand is growing year-round, not just seasonally; shipments in March 2021 are up 20% compared to March 2020. No one expects prices to hit the levels they did in 2019, but average avocado prices will likely remain higher than they were in 2020. Shipment estimates for 2021 to 2022 are a 12% increase compared to the 2018-2020 average.
Even more surprising is that the per-capita avocado consumption, the number of avocados eaten per person, in the United States has doubled between 2010 and 2020. How many avocados are we Americans eating every year? More than 8.5 lbs! Studies show that each American could be eating as much as 11 pounds of avocados each by 2026.
What is driving avocado consumption?
It appears that peoples’ interest in healthy eating habits is what is driving up avocado consumption. Demand has also increased due to restaurant reopenings and a boost in activity in general as pandemic restrictions lift. Challenges to the increased demand include sourcing issues and meeting demand while maintaining sustainable cultivation.
High Demand For A Superfood
It makes sense that as people are making more healthful food choices that they are eating more avocados. Avocados have high levels of monosaturated fat as well as potassium, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. Eating avocados instead of carbohydrates leaves us feeling full and can help combat issues like weight gain and obesity.
A Variety of Uses
Avocados are a versatile food. They are in everything from breakfast foods to ice cream. One company is even turning avocado pits into a beverage.
No matter how you enjoy avocados, know that they are a healthy, nutritious food you don’t need to feel guilty about. Everyone is increasing their avocado consumption these days, so why not be one of them?