Florida Avocado Supply Slips and In Store Cherry Sales 70% Impulse
**Florida avocado growers have seen supply waiver with hot demand for South Florida real estate and from disease pressure.
www.thepacker.com reports, shipments of Florida avocados totaled 36 million pounds in 2020, down 19% from 2019 and off 34% compared to 2015.
Florida’s avocados accounted for 8% of U.S.-grown avocados in 2020, compared with 18% in 2019.
According to the National Ag Statistics Service, acreage for Florida avocados has declined from 7,500 acres in 2008-09 to about 5,900 acres in 2017-18.
**Multiple studies show single-bag cherry sales are over 70% impulse purchases.
That’s according to Catherine Gipe-Stewart, with Domex Superfresh Growers, who tells www.thepacker.com, making sure cherries are on display both in produce as well as by the cash register helps sales.
She says important elements for retailers include communicating cherry availability, online availability, and making sure consumers know the health benefits of cherries.
**Since restarting its coronavirus relief programs two months ago, the Biden administration has paid $410 million to farmers and ranchers.
www.agriculture.com reports, USDA data shows an estimated $5.6 billion is available to cattle producers and row-crop farmers.
Additional payments to swine producers and contract growers remain on hold and will likely require modifications to regulations.
Since the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program began a year ago, the USDA has sent $24.23 billion to producers.