Avocado shortage sends U.S. prices soaring

(Fox News Latino) - Avocado imports from Mexico, which tend to increase this time of year, have plunged, sending U.S. prices for the fruit soaring.

The reason is a strike by Mexican growers, who are holding back avocados and demanding higher pay. The drop in supply of avocados has driven wholesale prices up to four times what they normally are in some areas, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

As the main importer of avocados to the United States, Mexican suppliers have substantial clout.

Phil Henry, president of Henry Avocado Co., a grower and importer in Escondido, California, told the Chronicle, "Most of the growers in Mexico have wanted to harvest, but it's been a small minority of growers that have wanted to exert this work stoppage," Henry said.

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