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South African avocados to ‘explode’ onto European scene

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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

South African avocados to ‘explode’ onto European scene

According to recent reports, South African avocado exports, have reached traditional volumes this year, after a down season in 2011. Around 48,000 tons are expected to  be exported to the UK and Europe. Derek Donkin, CEO of the South African Avocado Growers’ Association (SAAGA), says  this is expected to further increase in the coming years.
Mr Donkin, explains that this growth has come as result of optimal climate conditions: "Plenty of rain in the first part of the growing season followed by dry and sunny weather later has allowed a heavy crop with good internal quality." Furthermore ,  South African fruit is getting more and more demanded in European markets, with the Israeli season ending early and the Spanish fruit affected by the cold in February.