California Avocado Commission Features Memorial Day Weekend Support
- by Alexis Schreiber
IRVINE, CA - The California Avocado Commission (CAC) is aiming to support retailers who will be merchandising avocados this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, which is one of the strongest periods of the year for avocado consumption, ranking among the top four seasonal sales events.
“Memorial Day is a time to honor those who lost their lives serving our country, and it is a time of American pride. For many produce departments, it is also the unofficial kick-off of summer merchandising,” said Jan DeLyser, Vice President of Marketing.
According to a press release, CAC’s custom marketing programs with participating retailers, which are mainly in California and the West this year, include sales and display contests, social and digital programs, in-store activations, and online sweepstakes. Many of the activities begin with Memorial Day and continue into June. The commission offers retailers multiple patriotic-themed recipe booklets to accompany in-store programs.
CAC is sharing grilling and seasonal recipe content with its fans via blogger influencers, social, and blog posts leading up to Memorial Day. Featured artisan chef recipes include a Charred California Avocado with Pistachio Gremolata and Crispy Pork Cutlets with California Avocado and Arugula Salad. CAC’s in-season messaging about using California avocados in summer entertaining also starts with the holiday weekend.
“California avocados make a perfect addition to retailers’ Memorial Day weekend displays,” said DeLyser.
With an outstanding response in April leading up to the holiday, the commission has been working with a variety of influencers.
The use of California avocados and other fresh, seasonal produce in a variety of diet plans have been promoted by blogger advocates. Meal Prep Chef’s Alyssa Gagarin created a Farmer’s Market Avocado Carpaccio recipe in which six of the eight ingredients are fresh produce items, including California avocados. Jen Nikolaus of Yummy Healthy Easy developed a Grilled Cobb Salad with Avocado Dressing.
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