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The recent freeze in Chile will have no effect on Hass avocado imports to the United States for the 2011-12 season, according to Xavier Equihua, executive director annd chief executive officer of the Chilean Avocado Importers Association.

During the past four weeks, temperatures fell to significant lows in Chile’s metropolitan, fourth and fifth growing regions. However, the Comité de Paltas Hass de Chile carefully inspected the affected growing areas and said that only 5-10 percent of the crop was affected. The overall crop is still projected to be 25 percent larger than the prior season, and projected shipments to the United States remain unchanged at 170 million pounds.

“We are very pleased that the crops did not sustain any significant damage from the recent freezing temperatures in Chile,” Adolfo Ochagavía V., president of the Comité de Paltas Hass de Chile, said in a July 18 press release. “The quality of the 2011 Chilean Hass avocado crop is exceptionally high and we are looking forward to a successful year.”

The Comité de Paltas Hass de Chile is composed of Hass avocado producers and exporters who represent over 75 percent of Chile’s Hass avocado production and exports to the world.