Avocado price soars to highest level in two decades as Mexican drug gangs feud

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022 3:27 p.m.

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The price of avocados has skyrocketed to its highest level in two decades, in part because of feuding drug gangs in Mexico, which is one of the world’s top suppliers.

The cost of harvesting rose after a US security inspector in the country was threatened, prompting an import ban from the state of Michoacan, a key producer.

While the UK is dependent on many South American countries for the fruit, it has been impacted by the global rise in its price, largely due to growing demand in the US, which has more than doubled in a decade.

The lawyer culture became very lucrative and fueled conflicts between warring drug cartels. The standoff, however, has forced fruit production to fall by around 8% this year, while prices have soared more than 80% to £29 per 9kg box, according to the Telegraph.

It comes as the cost of living crisis continues to drive up the prices of raw materials, energy and put pressure on supply chains.

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