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Chocolate Avocado Pudding w/ Coconut Milk

Today is national Coconut day AND national chocolate pudding day. So we thought it appropriate to post a recipe for a delicious chocolate Avocado Pudding with coconut milk! Thanks to Inspired Edibles for this recipe and photo!


Chocolate Avocado Pudding with Coconut Milk ~ (Egg Free, Dairy Free)

Ingredients: 1 + 1/2 ripe avocado, peeled and flesh removed from pit1/3 cup quality cocoa powder (100% raw cacao) unsweetened1/3 cup pure maple syrup1/4 cup coconut milk2 tsp pure vanilla extract———— 

Makes approximately two half-cup servings or four quarter-cup servings. 

Directions:Place all ingredients in a blender and press GO. Blend until all ingredients are well combined and a creamy, consistent texture is achieved.You can serve this pudding straight from the blender or chilled (store it in the fridge).When you’re ready, place into serving bowls, hang on to your socks and enjoy!

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Organic Avocado Supply Update

Eco Farms' Sales Director Gahl Crane discusses the challenges and opportunities in the current Organic Avocado market: http://www.organicproducenetwork.com/article/825/organic-avocados-supplies-to-remain-tight-through-august-with-strong-pricing?utm_source=OPN+Connect+Weekly+Newsletter&utm_campaign=a7ef9a835f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_03_09_18_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_558944fdc9-a7ef9a835f-124299581

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The Hass Avocado Board

Eco Farms is a major stakeholder in the Avocado industry and we would like to make clear our support of the great work the Hass Avocado Board (HAB) does for the industry and growers in California and around the world. Created almost 20 years ago, the HAB has been instrumental in the increase of demand of Avocados in the US. In addition, the HAB  focuses on nutrition and health as key drivers in increasing value and popularity of Fresh Avocado in the US. The success of our industry is undoubtedbly a collabrative effort and the HAB along with the member organizations (CAC, AFM, PAC and CAIA) has been a major part of that success.

We want to make it clear our position lies in support of the HAB's mission, the HAB's leadership and the HAB's policies and goals. A rising tide raises all boats and the HAB has been instrumental in making Avocados a strong, sustainable and vibrant commodity in a crowded food market. California growers and importers have benefited immensley from the work of the HAB and kudos to all those who have been a part of that journey over the years. Thank you HAB and keep up the good work! 

Please visit the HAB's website to see other exciting things they are doing! #LoveOneToday


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Avocado Market Update- June 5 2019

The Avocado market has experienced both high and relatively steady pricing for the last few weeks. Mexico is shipping a modest volume- just 29.7 million lbs. last week- while California added 9.1 million lbs. and Peru arrivals were right at 10 million lbs. Between the 3 sources, the total volume last week was about 48.8 million lbs.*- this was the lowest volume in 3 weeks a drop of 10% compared to the prior week. While higher prices are effecting demand, Peru is providing some relief with fixed price programs to large chains and flexible spot market pricing compared to Mexico and California. Overall, demand is very good on Avocados despite high pricing. Despite relatively high FOB pricing, the retail trade remains committed to promoting Avocados. This can be seen with last week’s numbers- almost 9,800 stores had Avocados on Ad for the week ending May 31 at average price of $1.20. Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and entertaining for Americans everywhere and Avocados weather in Guacamole or in burgers and salads are a staple in many households nationwide. It is unclear how promotions will be in June, but certainly Peruvian Avocado pricing is and will be promotable for the coming weeks and beyond. 


California

California Avocado growers have likely passed their peak harvesting pace. With a 19% market share and much of that fruit staying in the West Coast, California has done a great job getting support of many regional and local chains and has played a key role in keeping markets supplied. Volumes will likely stay in the 8-10 million lbs. range for a couple more weeks with Southern growers with larger sized fruit in full harvest mode. The overcast weather along with some light drizzle is keeping some growers harvest lower than they would like. Overall, quality is very good and June should see good supplies of California Avocados in the market. However, as stated before, the season could finish up by mid or late July - 6 to 8 weeks earlier than normal. 


Mexico 

Mexican Avocado imports were down last week and in fact were the lowest since early May - and down 21% v. the prior week. There are a lot fewer regions with available fruit right now and field pricing is very high. Many US importers and retailers are looking to other sources, though Mexico remains the largest supplier with a 61% market share. The fact that demand remains so good for Avocados in a testament to the industry and the promotion boards who have focused on quality and value to consumers rather than just “a low price.” This week pricing is up once again in the field and FOBs are up slightly. Overall sizing is mostly 60s and larger with quality very good- smaller fruit is limited. There are about 4 to 5 more weeks left of the old-crop late-season Avocado and the flora loca harvest will likely start in early July. 


Peru 

Peruvian Avocado imports were up significantly last week- 10 million lbs. total which was good for a 20% market share. There are both East and West coast arrivals and quality on initial arrivals has been very good- fruit is ripening uniformly and flavor is very good. Volumes should stay in the 10-15 million lbs. range for each week in June as the lower California crop is opening up a window for more Peruvian in the market. Also high FOB pricing is being relieved a little with Peruvian pricing, which is still relatively high and a good return to growers in Peru but lower than Mexican or California as those other 2 countries are in peak flavor and have a much more established marketing history in the US. 


Organic Avocados 

Organic Avocados continue to be in short supply. Pricing is stable and with Mexico somewhat limited still, Peru and California are picking up the pace and sending more fruit to the market. Demand remains very good despite high pricing. TariffsWhile every day is a new day with politics and this administration, it appears Tariffs on imports from Mexico could begin as early as next week. The Republican and the Democrat parties in general are not fans of tariffs and certainly most citizens and elected leaders are not in favor of the tariffs (free-trade is good), but the POTUS has made his views clear. If they do start, pricing will be passed on to consumers and in our view it will not help the category and could hurt demand. Let’s hope a solution is made before the tariffs begin otherwise it will be a tough situation and the industry will have to adjust. 


Final Thoughts

Pricing is strong with Mexico and California getting a slight premium over Peru as expected. Overall supplies are a little below the normal demand and movement at shipping points is good. While many wholesalers and retailers have already incorporated Peru into their programs, certainly more will consider it in the coming weeks. The next few weeks will see a balanced supply of Peru, California and Mexico and having a choice of which country of origin is a good thing for the industry and the category.  

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Eco Farms Avocado Market Update

Eco Farms Avocado Market Update- May 15 2019

The Avocado market has seen significant price increases in the last week as field prices in Mexico and California are rising very quickly. Volume last week into the US was 45.2 million lbs. - an increase of 16.5% v. the prior week. As the industry has seen before, more volume does not necessarily translate into lower prices. In this case, inventory levels are below normal and supplies are not currently meeting the US demand (weekly demand is approx. 52-54 million lbs.) Mexican Avocado imports were 36.8 million lbs., California Avocados growers harvested about 6.7 million lbs. and Peruvian Avocado arrivals were 1.7 million lbs.* Very few stores were on Ad last week, not a surprise since Cinco De Mayo was the prior week. Promotions should be up this week and next week as well with Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, though the higher market pricing will once again be a challenge for retailers large and small. 


California 

California Avocado growers harvested 8% less last week v. the prior week. It has become apparent that California has already reached its peak harvesting levels for the season. Harvesting will likely stay in the 7 to 9 million lbs. range for the coming weeks but with higher FOB pricing, harvesting levels will likely increase this week and next and that will be much needed. Quality is great and sizing is balanced. 


Mexico

Mexican Avocado imports were up 21% last week v. the prior week and Mexico has an 81% market share. The field price increases in Mexico in the last 7 to 10 days are not sustainable and is catching the industry off-guard. The response by the industry will most certainly be increased supplies from other sources, both California and Peru. Mexico is clearly finishing up their late-season crop with quite a bang and the strong demand for fruit is one major factor contributing to higher prices- late season fruit ripens well and tastes very good. The flora loca crop will begin sometime in June- a little earlier than normal but no finalized date yet. As soon as dry weight matters are adequate for US standards, Mexico will start shipping. The flora loca crop (June to August) looks to be fairly large- above average based on crop estimates. The market will certainly need a summer boost from Mexico and ideally at stable and steady pricing. 


Peru 

Peruvian Avocado imports were up just slightly last week, with most arrivals on the East coast. Volume should increase this week and next week as many major retailers will begin fixed price programs on Peruvian Avocados. There should be around 3 to 4 million lbs. this week and 4 to 5 million lbs. next week- but much of that is pre-committed and only limited volumes are available for spot business. Peruvian Avocado exporters are carefully studying the US market and with prices rising they will react as quick as they can to help support the category with good quality Peruvian Avocados in June and throughout the summer. 


Organic Avocados 

Organic Avocados continue to be in extremely short supply. Pricing is up from last week and may continue to increase until supplies catch up with demand. Peru will help fill some of the shortages in the coming weeks, but it likely will not be enough in the short-term and pricing will stay high well into June. 


Final Thoughts

FOB pricing is rising very quickly right now in the US market and the need for stability is essential. Mexico may be frustrating with the unpredictability of prices but they still are supplying 80% of the market and pricing would be even higher with less Mexican Avocados around. The bottom line is that a light crop out of California and a lighter than normal late-season crop for Mexico are causing the current situation the industry finds itself in. Increased supplies of California and Peruvian Avocados in the coming weeks and flora loca Mexican Avocados in June will help calm the situation but it may be a little challenging until then. 


Have a great rest of the week! 


 *Source: Hass Avocado Board 

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Eco Farms Avocado Market Update

ECO FARMS AVOCADO MARKET UPDATE- MAY 10 2019 

The Avocado market continues to adjust with less supply coming from Mexico and a reduced harvesting pace in California. Overall, last week volume was down 14% v. the prior week. Just 37.5 million lbs. entered the US market last week, the lowest one-week total in 2019. Mexico send 29 million lbs. last week, California harvested 7.3 million lbs. and Peruvian arrivals were 1.2 million lbs.* After heavy volumes in early April, volumes have really been light these last few weeks- while this can be explained partially by higher inventories in April, another likely reason is that Mexico and California have a little less fruit than previously expected. More volume will be needed in the coming weeks in order to keep up with demand as Memorial Day weekend promotions will begin in just a couple weeks.Last week saw 16,151 stores on Ad last week with an average price of $1.20 per piece. While 2018 saw more overall stores and a lower price - 19,237 stores at 88 cents per each- these are still very good numbers and the retail support for the category remains strong.** Higher FOBs no doubt limited what some retailers were willing or could do, but consumers see a real value in Avocados not just when the price is low. With good quality and supplies, as well as effective and well-strategized consumer-driven promotions, the category did well during this past promotion. The industry is very appreciative of the promotional boards efforts to drive demand at the retail level. 

California

California growers harvested 22% less fruit last week than the prior week- just over 7 million lbs. However, with a 19% market share, California is keeping the market supplied particularly with West coast retailers and food-service chains- not much fruit is heading outside the Western States. With volume down this past week and this week’s volume expected to be about the same, it is becoming evident that California may only have a minor role to play in the market for the coming months. Growers will likely harvest at a slow but steady pace in May and June and likely drop off by mid to late July. On the other hand, cool weather for most of April and so far in May has also allowed many growers to have less urgency to harvest, perhaps those growers who were waiting to harvest will get going in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for updates but California’s light crop- which was expected heading into 2019- will certainly be a major factor in the market in the coming months. 

Mexico

Mexican Avocado imports were 29 million lbs. last week, good for a 77% market share last week. Mexico is still the market leader by far, but with less volume left on the trees and lower shipments for several weeks now, it appears Mexico will not have large volumes in May. Pricing is certainly higher this week than it was a couple weeks ago and that is 100% driven by lower supplies. Time will tell how much fruit makes its way to the US market, but likely it will be in the 29 to 32 million lbs. range for the coming weeks. The market probably need about 40 million lbs. (about 1,000 truckloads) based on demand, but Mexico probably won’t be able get that number in the coming weeks.

Peru

Peruvian Avocado imports were 1.2 million lbs. last week, still very limited as the season is still just started. Volumes will increase by the end of the month and it appears Peruvian Avocados will be very important to the US supply picture if Mexico and California are a little light. Look for the weekly volume to increase to 4-6 million lbs. by the end of May as the season ramps up. 

Organic 

AvocadosOrganic Avocados continue to be in very short supply, with Mexico having very limited Organic availability and the market being almost exclusively dependent on California. Pricing is reflecting this lower supply with pricing in the low to mid $60s and rising. 

Final Thoughts

The US market has not seen this light of volume in a 3-week period in a very long time. Pricing will likely increase in the coming weeks with no major increase in supplies expected. Mexico may have more fruit once the flora loca/off-bloom harvest begins, but that will not be until late June/early July. Things could be a little challenging until then but the industry will rely on California and Peru will help fill the supply gap, but not certain that will be sufficient. Hopefully pricing remains predictable and steady and Mexico finds some additional volume on their late-season crop as demand for Avocados remains very good.Have a great weekend!


*Source: Hass Avocado Board 

**Source: USDA 

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Employee Spotlight - Helen Kanthavong

1) What is your position here at Eco Farms and what do you do? 
I am currently working at Eco Farms in the shipping and receiving department. Since I am new to produce, it was essential for me to understand where everything comes from, how the fruit should look, how we pack the fruit, learn the sizes, and how many boxes go on each pallet. I started by setting up orders, loading and unloading the trucks, shipping and receiving the products, receiving the rejected product back into the storage. Being detailed and confirming each order is shipped correctly is essential before loading each truck. 
2) How long have you worked at Eco Farms? 
Eco Farms is my very first produce company that I’ve been working with, and I’ve been working here in Eco Farms for 6 months now. 
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Tango Tangerines

Did you know there are over 10 varieties of tangerines? 

Just to name a few there are Clementines, Murcotts, mandarins, Dancy Tangerines, Pixies, Willow Leaves, Chinese Honey, Wilkings, Satsumas, Fremonts, and Karas. 

The season for the tango tangerines that we have at Eco Farms is from February to April.

And then there are even hybrids like the golden nuggets!

There are dozens of varieties of tangerines.Learn more about them here: 
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Employee Spotlight - Gahl Crane, Sales Director

Gahl Crane our sales director, just finished up his 3rd year at Eco Farms. Here at Eco Farms, we’ve dedicated ourselves to providing dependable, outstanding quality avocados 🥑 and citrus 🍊 to make life-long customers. 
And for that, we need a great team!
1) What is your position here at Eco Farms and what do you do? 
Sales Director. I am responsible for many of our key retail and food-service accounts and work closely with our President/Founder, Steve Taft, on sales and procurement and overall management of the sales team. I also represent the company at trade shows and at industry promotional boards such as HAB and AFM. 
2) What did you do before working at Eco Farms? 
I have been in the Avocado industry for over 14 years- mostly in sales/sales director positions.  
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The Hass Avocado Board

HAB - The Hass Avocado 🥑 Board. HAB exists to serve all stakeholders in the North American Avocado industry from growers, health professionals, marketers, and of course, consumers! They recently revamped their website, check out their new site: https://hassavocadoboard.com/
For Growers:HAB provides growers with volume data, projections, market insights and other business tools to help make good business decisions. 
For Health Professionals:HAB conducts independent, peer-reviewed #nutrition research that is shared with health professionals that enable them to advise consumers on the health and wellness benefits of eating fresh Hass avocados. 
For Marketers:HAB provides volume data, consumer studies, and 
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