While Super Bowl Sunday is likely still a distant thought for most Americans-at the time of this article, it's three weeks away-now is the time avocados normally begin being shipped north in anticipation of increased sales that week. However, a current fuel situation in Mexico is limiting the amount of trucks that can make it across the border to deliver said avocados, which may impact the supply (and cost) of avocados by the time you go grocery shopping.
Ramon Paz, spokesperson for APEAM, a business association representing Mexican avocado producers and exporters, told Reuters: "Our three most important weeks of the year are this one and the next two. This is when we ship for Super Bowl week. We have from now to January 24, 25, to ship all that volume. If we don’t ship it [by then], we can’t do so later."
As of this week, 27,000 of the 120,000 expected tons of avocados have been shipped to the U.S. Trucks are having a hard time getting gas not because of a fuel shortage, but because of recent changes in logistics that were set in place intending to curb fuel theft. According to oil company Pemex's press release, those changes have disrupted usual delivery to service stations. This has all heavily impacted the state of Michoacan, which happens to be one of the country's main avocado producing states.
Worse than a pricier bowl of guac, the changes have left Mexicans waiting in line for fuel for hours, CNN reports. While Pemex says "fuel supply will return to normal as soon as possible," here are 60+ Super Bowl apps you can make, most of which do not require avocados.