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Australian avocado prices soar as supply goes pear-shaped

Australia has the highest per-capita consumption of avocados in the world, at an annual 3.2 kilogrammes, or about 15 fruits, according to industry body Avocados Australia.


WHILE prices for most Australian commodities are bumping along the floor, local avocados are fetching a king's ransom thanks to hostile weather, strict quarantine laws and a Christmas binge.

Outside South and Central America, where the fruit is native, Australia has the...