Massive avocado shortage causing guacamole prices to soar

LOS ANGELES (WCMH) — Don’t be surprised if your favorite restaurant is out of guacamole.

A shortage of avocados is pushing avocado prices up by double, and in some cases triple, from this time last year.

The supply shortage is due to a grower’s strike in Mexico, leaving retailers struggling to find avocados and some restaurants temporarily dropping guacamole from menus.

Hormel Foods, owner of Wholly Guacamole — the nation’s top-selling branded guacamole — said in statement to CNBC it is monitoring the situation and leveraging its global supply chain to “minimize any potential business disruptions.”

According to produce experts, high prices for avocados at supermarkets could linger until after the Super Bowl, which is when the demand for guacamole soars. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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