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Yes, it's not your imagination: avocados are more expensive. But no, Trump's fees are not to blame.

But there are some reasons why the price of popular fruit has skyrocketed and is expected to continue rising in the coming weeks.

For the first week of July, the wholesale prices of Mexico's medium-sized avocados were 129% higher than this time last year, said David Magaña, vice president and senior badyst at Rabobank based in Fresno, California.

"This is the highest price for this time of year in at least a decade, probably more," said Magaña, noting that the wholesale price was $ 84.25 for a box of 25 pounds compared to $ 37 for the week of the Day. of Independence 2018.

The wholesale price increase has been making its way to grocery stores.

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According to the In the weekly retail price report of the United States Department of Agriculture, the national average price of a Haas avocado was $ 2.10 on July 5, compared to $ 1.17 on the July 6, 2018 report.

Liz Garrison, a nurse in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, said she was surprised when the bag of six small avocados she normally buys at Trader Joe's cost $ 6.50 this week. She paid $ 2.50 for the same bag on previous trips.

"I eat an avocado a day, that's a lot to spend on something I'm eating so often," Garrison said.


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Why are prices rising?

Magaña outlined three main reasons that drove the increase.

"One is the expansion of global demands, including the demand from the US, it just keeps growing." He said. "Avocados are not only consumed now for the Super Bowl or during the celebrations of Cinco de Mayo, but also for consumption throughout the year."

The California avocado season is coming to an end and it was the smallest harvest in more than a decade, he said.

"These high prices have to do with seasonal production in Mexico," said Magaña. "Normally it is the lowest at this time of year."

Mexico is the main provider of fruits and vegetables of EE. UU With $ 13 billion imported from the country last year. Almost 90% of avocados come from Mexico.

"We have had the possibility of (Mexico) tariffs and the closure of the border and also a few weeks ago the probability that all products come from Mexico and we have observed some price peaks," said Magaña. "But now it's just a combination of supply and demand."


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How long will this last?

While prices may continue to rise over the next few weeks, high prices may only be temporary.

"They should be reduced when the new Mexican production increases three or four weeks from now," said Magaña.

Garrison hopes that the high prices are not long term. After rationing his last avocado from Trader Joe's tour last week, he ended up picking avocados at nearby Cub Foods two for $ 4.

"If it's something that lasts a little like a week or two, I would not mind spending the extra money," he said.

Contributing: Paul Davidson

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