Fruit imports continue to surge

From The Packer | 11 August 2022

Overview of Southern Hemisphere table grapes in the U.S. market, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published on August 05, 2022. 

Led by explosive growth in berry and avocado imports, the value of U.S. imports of fruit soared 17% for the 12-month period ending June 30, USDA trade numbers show.

avocado prices by histor

Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

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Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

Total fresh and frozen fruit imports from July 2021 through June 2022 were valued at $19.14 billion, up 17% from year-ago numbers and 28% up from two years ago.

On the other hand, the value of U.S. fresh vegetable imports rose by 5% for the 12-month period ending June 30.

Here are USDA numbers for import values of key fresh commodities for July 2021 through June 2022, with percentage change in value compared with a year ago:

  • All fresh/frozen fruit: $19.13 billion, up 17%
  • Fresh vegetables: $10.92 billion, up 5%
  • Berries (excluding strawberries): $4.08 billion, up 15%
  • Avocados: $3.5 billion, up 41%
  • Tomatoes: $2.75 billion, down 1%
  • Bananas/plantains (fresh/frozen): $2.46 billion, up 1%
  • Grapes: $2.13 billion, up 17%
  • Peppers: $1.89 billion, up 1%
  • Citrus: $1.87 billion, up 28%
  • Strawberries: $1.41 billion, up 2%
  • Cucumbers: $1.04 billion, up 8%
  • Pineapples: $823 million, up 12%
  • Mangoes: $755 million, up 8%
  • Melons: $663 million, down 3%
  • Asparagus: $663 million, down 3%

The News in Charts is a collection of stories from the industry complemented by charts from Agronometrics to help better tell their story.

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