2nd state in Mexico begins avocado exports to U.S. market

FILE - A worker selects avocados at a packing plant in Uruapan, Michoacan state, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. U.S. consumers will get the chance to try avocados from Jalisco state, after 25 years in which neighboring Michoacan has been the only Mexican state authorized to send the green fruit to the U.S. market. (AP Photo/Armando Solis, File)

MEXICO CITY (AP) - U.S. consumers will finally get the chance to try avocados from Jalisco after 25 years in which neighboring Michoacan has been the only Mexican state authorized to send the green fruit to the U.S. market.

That just may help with prices, which have soared this year to over $2 per fruit amid a dip in production in Michoacan.

Growers and packers in Jalisco, just northwest of Michoacan, expressed hope that their state can provide more consistent production levels and stability for prices for avocados, which have fluctuated widely amid seasonal supply shortages.

Eleven trucks bearing 200 tons of avocados from Jalisco lined up Thursday in the mountain town of Zapotlan El Grande to set out for the United States.

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