IMPORTED SINCE ’97
The story of Avocados From Mexico (AFM) is as fascinating as it is incredible. From its small start in 1997 through 2007, the Mexican Hass avocado industry has experienced rapid expansion in the U.S.
The total volume of avocados sold in the U.S. in 2005 was 802,976,829 pounds and that number jumped to 1.86 billion pounds in 2014.
As of 2014, AFM represented more than 60 percent of the U.S. market share.
IN 2013 AFM WAS BORN
as the marketing arm of the two organizations that represent the Avocados From Mexico business in the United States.
It was formed as a not-for-profit organization charged with the purpose of coordinating the marketing activities for the Mexican Hass Avocados Importers Association, MHAIA and The Association of Growers and Packers of Avocados From Mexico (APEAM).
The AFM marketing group, located in Irving, Texas, encompasses a group of seasoned marketers with strong backgrounds in the CPG and produce industries as well as experience with some of the most iconic brands in those categories. This group was tasked with growing the overall avocado market along with the AFM brand, within one of the most profitable categories in the produce section, which is growing with double digits. The four-pronged marketing approach of AFM focuses on engaging audiences in each of its four business segments: general market, Hispanic market, food service, and retail, with customized strategies, programs, and tactics to address the unique needs of each of these segments.
The robust program of the AFM brand yields 1.6 billion media impressions in 2014-2015, and is rapidly blazing trails within the produce category. Not only is the AFM brand adopting the most advanced digital technology in the market to gather consumer data and to connect with a variety of consumer groups in innovative ways, but it is also shifting industry paradigms by becoming the first produce brand ever to run a Big Game TV ad.