19th Annual Produce Business Foodservice Portfolio

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc.

The Del Monte Fresh avocado program has seen significant year-over-year sales growth. We are working to expand our global footprint of avocados through increased packing facilities, personnel and customer specific programs. Growth of avocado consumption in the past few years has been outstanding! The nationwide focus on health and wellness has led consumers to demand and expect healthier options wherever they shop or dine, and avocados are ideally positioned to address consumer needs.

Tips & Techniques: Avocados can be enjoyed regularly in salads, soups, on sandwiches and in side dishes. They can also be used as a healthy alternative for butter or mayonnaise, as well as the main ingredient for homemade guacamole.

Unique Attributes: Del Monte’s expertise in ripening avocados sets us apart. We have 23 company-owned ripening and distribution centers spread across North America in strategic locations, enabling us to provide high-quality, ready-to-eat Del Monte® avocados on a daily basis to more locations at the right time. We recently added more than 40 new state-of-the-art ripening rooms for our avocado operations. All of our operations utilize advanced technologies, providing enhanced food safety, consistent quality and environmental sustainability. We also provide award-winning merchandising, category management and marketing programs to support our customers in their efforts to grow sales.

Product Availability Guide: Del Monte Fresh Hass avocados are available year-round and are sourced from Mexico, California, Peru and Chile. We also pack our own fruit out of California after the recent addition of a new packing line in our Santa Fe Springs facility.

Buying Practices: At Del Monte we understand the importance of educating our partners on the different stages of avocado ripeness. Driving sales through appropriate purchases that line up with consumer demand will increase volume and keep inventory fresh. Ripening and fruit maturity vary throughout the year, so relaying those seasonal variances are part of our value added commitment.

Stuffed Avocados with Shrimp and Cucumber SaladSTUFFED AVOCADOS WITH SHRIMP AND CUCUMBER SALAD


3 Del Monte avocados
2 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp finely chopped dill
1 tbsp finely chopped chives
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
Pinch cayenne pepper
8 oz cooked baby shrimp (or 1 cup chopped cooked shrimp)
½ cup finely chopped cucumber
½ cup quartered cherry tomatoes

Halve each avocado lengthwise. Remove pit; scoop out flesh, leaving 1/4-inch wall all around. Reserve avocado shells and chop scooped-out avocado.

In large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, dill, chives, salt, pepper and cayenne. Add shrimp, cucumber, tomatoes and chopped avocado; toss to combine.

Spoon salad into reserved avocado shells. Serve immediately.

Servings Suggestions:

• Top with finely crumbled feta cheese
• Serve with lemon wedges
• Garnish with small sprigs of dill

Del Monte
P.O. Box 149222
Coral Gables, FL 33114
Tel: 1.800.950.3683