Building Anticipation for California Avocado Season

IRVINE, Calif. – The California Avocado Commission (CAC) is actively building anticipation for the 2019 California avocado season, teasing targeted consumers with social media communications and working with retailers and foodservice operators to set up timely crop transitions and customized promotions. Some smaller California retailers have already transitioned to California avocados, with early harvest inventory building in January to support the “Big Game”.

The current estimate for the California avocado crop for the CAC fiscal year (November 2018-October 2019) is 175 million pounds, which is about half the volume of 2017-18.

Distribution will be targeted mainly to California and the West. With targeted distribution, the harvest season is expected to build into March with peak volume availability from April through July. Some volume may continue later, particularly from California’s northernmost avocado growing regions.

“The Commission is excited for the California avocado season start and the focused marketing support that is about to begin,” said Jan DeLyser, CAC vice president marketing. “We’re building anticipation, letting targeted consumers know that the season is almost here via social media, The Scoop blog and communication by California avocado brand advocates.”

CAC is continuing it’s Made of California marketing campaign this year. Customized marketing programs with participating retailers and foodservice operators is also a major component of the California avocado support plan.

California avocado growing regions are receiving considerable rainfall early this season, which has created some delays in harvesting.

“Winter rains are very welcome, helping with tree health and fruit sizing,” said DeLyser. “The California avocado growers whose crops were adversely impacted by last year’s extreme temperatures are continuing to build for the future with good cultural practices and some replanting.”

About the California Avocado Commission

Created in 1978, the California Avocado Commission strives to enhance the premium positioning of California avocados through advertising, promotion and public relations, and engages in related industry activities. California avocados are cultivated with uncompromising dedication to quality and freshness, by more than 3,000 growers in the Golden State. The California Avocado Commission serves as the official information source for California avocados and the California avocado industry. Visit, or join us on Facebook at and @CA_Avocados on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for update