California Avocado Commission's Tom Bellamore Talks Forecast of Double 2017 Harvest
IRVINE, CA – The California Avocado Commission (CAC) has announced a 2018 crop forecast of 374.6 million pounds. This exciting declaration—nearly double last year’s crop—comes despite the difficult weather, including wind and fire, that farmers faced over the growing season.
“The CAC 2018 pre-season crop estimate of 374.6 million pounds of California avocados means there will be solid volume for retailers and foodservice operators to work with,” said Tom Bellamore, President in a recent press release. “Despite some harsh blows from Mother Nature, California avocado growers are resilient, and the industry is expecting a good year.”
Despite the very recent Lilac and Thomas Fires, which ravaged Riverside, Ventura, and Santa Barbara County—the Thomas Fire was the largest wildfire in the recorded history of California—and mudslides in the growing region, California avocados emerged relatively unscathed.
“Many California avocado growers experienced loss, both personal and professional, and our hearts go out to them. Across the industry, though, only about five percent of the crop was damaged,” said Bellamore.
The CAC plans to continue marketing this hearty crop with the Made in California campaign, and to customize marketing for targeted customers. We look forward to seeing the avocado crop reach the market and hope you’ll stay with us at AndKnowUKnow.