Health boom boosts demand for green-skinned avocados

05/31/2013 10:53:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

Interest in healthier foods

Eddie Caram, general manager of New Limeco LLC, Princeton, said avocados in general are benefiting from increased interest in healthier foods.

“We’re seeing a gradual increase in demand. This is because of the health interest and because more Baby Boomers are retiring. As more of them retire, they are more interested in healthy food,” he said.

For Manny Hevia Jr., president and chief executive officer of M&M Farm Inc., Miami, Florida’s varieties possess many advantages.

“The way I look at it, in taste, I don’t think our fruit leaves anything on the table to a hass,” Hevia said. “I think it’s a better fruit for salads and to eat fresh without processing, though a hass beats us with guacamole.

“But there are certain varieties in Florida that would go head-on with hass. We have so many different varieties that have their own taste. We have some that are very creamy while some are sweet.”

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