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Mission's staggering avocado growth agenda in Colombia

Mission Produce Inc. announced its staggering growth agenda in Colombia, including plans to ramp up avocado production within the next two years. This news comes as no surprise, since Mission Produce announced its partnership with Cartama in 2017. Cartama is one of Colombia’s largest avocado growers.colom

“Colombia will provide us with an added source of year-round, high-quality fruit,” said Mission Produce’s President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Barnard. “Our goal is to plant an additional 1,000-1,500 hectares of avocado trees in Colombia. This fruit will supply our domestic and international markets such as the United States and Europe. We will also continue partnering with Cartama to support volume and growth. We are replicating our vertically-integrated, cutting-edge business model in this country.”

There is a reason why Mission Produce looks toward Colombia with high expectations. This perfectly situated South American country is an ideal source for producing avocados because of its growing conditions, market accessibility and logistical abilities. “Colombia is unique in that it offers a year-round supply of fruit. Our country will act as strong source for global avocados in the coming years,” added CEO of Cartama Ricardo Uribe.

In addition, Mission Produce is a platinum sponsor of the World Avocado Congress hosted in Medellin, Colombia, next week. “The World Avocado Congress brings
people together to explore ideas and support the booming avocado category,” said Jim Donovan, senior vice president of global information and industry affairs. “We are looking forward to connecting with professionals in Colombia -- a country that will further the many opportunities that lie ahead for our industry.”