The Association of Mexican Avocado Producers and Packers and Exporters (APEAM) has achieved a remarkable milestone in avocado export sales to the United States in 2023. The growing popularity of avocados in international markets, coupled with increased demand in the U.S., is expected to drive avocado imports to new heights this year.
Record-Breaking Export Figures
Alvaro Luque, President and CEO of Avocados From Mexico (AFM), anticipates a surge in avocado imports to the United States this year. This surge is poised to set a new record, surpassing previous years, reflecting the rising global appetite for avocados. In 2023, export volumes to the U.S. are projected to exceed an impressive 1.19 billion tons.
Avocado’s Rising Popularity
The surge in 2023 avocado exports is primarily attributed to a growing consumer demand. Avocado consumption has been steadily gaining traction, particularly during celebrations and events where its popularity soars. Events such as the Super Bowl and Cinco de Mayo have emerged as key occasions for avocado consumption in the United States.
APEAM’s Integral Role
APEAM plays a pivotal role in facilitating Mexican avocado exports to the United States. It is the exclusive Mexican cooperating partner with the United States and collaborates with the USDA-APHIS for Mexican avocado exports. APEAM is also responsible for promoting avocados from Mexico under the brand “Avocados From Mexico.” Currently, the association boasts the participation of nearly 35,000 growers and operates 84 packing houses.
Recognizing the imperative need to counteract the environmental effects of avocado production’s increasing demand, APEAM has embarked on sustainable projects. Through its Forest Conservation program, the association has donated 560,000 trees for planting in Michoacán during the 2022-2023 season, contributing to a total of 3.4 million plants since the program’s inception. This endeavor encompasses eight different pine species.
A Commitment to Sustainable Agriculture
In a significant stride toward sustainable agriculture, APEAM has become the first avocado farming association to join the Mexican Network of the United Nations Global Compact. This initiative is dedicated to promoting and implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This milestone marks a crucial step towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future, aligning the avocado industry with global sustainability efforts.