U.S. imports of fresh fruits in May were down 10.4% compared with a year ago, while fresh vegetable imports jumped 17%, according to newly released statistics.
The contraction of U.S. foodservice business in April because of the COVID-19 crisis apparently contributed to a steep fall in U.S. fruit and vegetable imports, according to new trade numbers.
Led by grapes, avocados and berries, U.S. imports of fruits and vegetables rose 6% from May 2019 through April, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture trade statistics.
U.S. blueberries grown in 11 states and California avocados now have access to the Chinese market as a result of the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement.
Dominated by Mexican fruit, total U.S. imports of avocados rose 6.4% in 2019 to more than 1.1 million metric tons.
Mission Produce Inc., Oxnard, is expanding its global avocado network with a partnership to market South African fruit to Europe and Asian markets, including China.
The phase one trade agreement signed by the U.S. and China Jan. 15 will deliver potential trade gains for U.S. growers of potatoes, blueberries, avocados, and other crops.