The Hass Avocado R&P Program’s purpose is to increase the consumption of Hass avocados in the United States. The program covers fresh domestic and imported Hass avocados. Exports of domestic Hass avocados are exempt from assessments. The assessment rate is 2.5 cents per pound. The rate may be raised to a maximum of 5 cents per pound.
From 2008 through 2012, the Hass Avocado R&P Program has enhanced the demand for the product at an estimated rate of return of at least $2.12—and possible as high as $9.28—for every assessment dollar invested in the program. AMS oversees the program’s administration.
The Hass Avocado Board must provide 85 percent of domestic assessments to the California Avocado Commission (CAC), and up to 85 percent of importer assessments to three USDA-certified importer associations: the Chilean Avocado Importers Association (CAIA), the Mexican Hass Avocado Importers Association (MHAIA), and the Peruvian Avocado Commission (PAC). The CAC may use the assessments rebates to conduct State-of-origin promotions, while the CAIA, MHAIA, and PAC may use the assessments rebates to conduct country of origin promotions.
The Board’s budget for the period of January 1 through December 31, 2016, is $56.3 million with approximately $48 million being rebated to the State and importer associations. The Board reimburses the Federal government for the cost of implementing and administering the program.
In September 2002, AMS issued the Hass Avocado Promotion, Research, and Information Order, which created the program under the authority of the Hass Avocado Promotion, Research and Information Act (pdf).
The Board is composed of seven producer members and five importer members and their alternates. The producer members and alternates are nominated by producers, and the importer members and alternates are nominated by importers. The Board is located in Misson Viejo, California. You can access a listing of current Council members and alternates on the Hass Avocado Board roster.
Organic Assessment Exemption
R&P programs allow persons that produce, handle, market, process, manufacture, feed or import “organic” and “100 percent organic” products to be exempt from paying assessments regardless of whether they are a “split” operation.