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   Grower Sues Miami Competitor Over Trendy Hot-Seller
by David Ovalle, Miami Herald
Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 8:56AM EDT

Deep in a lush remote valley in the Dominican Republic, the discovery of a single very special tree spawned a new species of avocado.

Called the Carla, it has since emerged as a rock star of the avocado world, combining the buttery richness of the popular but small California-grown Hass with the prodigious size of Florida varieties. The Carla created a sensation when a high-end British retailer began stocking the “party-size” fruit large enough to make a loaf of avocado toast.

Now, the Carla’s “inventor” is in Miami federal court suing to protect its exclusive rights to sell a valuable product sought by trendy foodies. With allegations of tree-branch theft, clandestine cloning and DNA tests on competitors’ produce, it’s not your everyday patent infringement case.

To read the rest of the story, please go to: Miami Herald

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