SAN FRANCISCO--If you are a guacamole lover, be prepared to dip deeper into your wallet as the price of avocado is skyrocketing.
A shortage of avocados in Mexico is causing prices to soar, and it is now being called a 'luxury fruit', CBS San Franciso has learned. And as the fruit becomes less and less available the price continues to go up.
According to the Hass Avocado Board in Mission Viejo, the number of avocados shipped from Mexico in the first week of October was cut in half compared to a year ago.
WFMY News 2 Reporter Faith Abubey took a picture of a note posted on a Greensboro restaurant, letting customers know that guac would only be served if requested.
The 2 Things That Lead to Avocado shortage, according to Time Magazine
Growers' strike in Mexico has contributed to the shortage. The magazine says Mexican growers and pickers want the price of avocados increased in the U.S. and they're unhappy with their low pay.
Drought in California. California’s issues with growing may have contributed to the Mexican strikes: produce buyer Cruz Sandoval told the Orange County Register that he heard Mexican growers are “holding out for more money because the California season is running dry, and there are no other sources.”
Chipotle has stated they don't plan to raise prices on their guacamole.