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23
Oct

Avocados from Peru and World Avocado Organization Celebrate Most Successful 2018 Season with ‘Avoween’ Recipes

Avocado ‘Avoween’ unique inspired recipes and images styled by Fooddeco exclusively for Avocados from Peru & the World Avocado Organization

Washington, D.C. & London, October 23, 2018 –In celebration of a record breaking 2018 season, Avocados from Peru (AFP) and the World Avocado Organization have partnered with Fooddeco to launch a series of ‘Avoween’ images, which will be highlighted in AFP’s digital marketing campaigns throughout the end of the season. AFP has had a long-standing relationship with Collette Dike, founder of Fooddeco, an international food styling firm that specializes in working with Peruvian avocados.

“Peruvian Avocado season is continuing to get longer and longer,” said Xavier Equihua, President & CEO of the Peruvian Avocado Commission. “This has been our best season yet. Peruvian avocados will be available through October this year and therefore, we want to celebrate and close out an exciting season with this unique and timely collaboration.”

Grab the last of this season’s Peruvian avocados in-store and kick-off your Halloween festivities with a Frankenstein Smoothie, Black Widow Smoothie Bowl, Witch Fingers Avocado Toast, or Guacamole Brain Dip with Spooky Crisps.

The full recipes are below:

Frankenstein Smoothie

Frankenstein Smoothie

with dark chocolate ‘hair’

Ingredients (for 2 smoothies)

1 avocado (from the refrigerator), flesh from

1 handful of (unsalted) walnuts

100 grams fresh spinach

½ celery stalk

1 tsp. chia seeds

1 tsp. hemp seeds

1 green apple (from the refrigerator)

2 tbsp agave syrup

250 ml almond milk, unsweetened

For the chocolate (hair) rim: 50-gram pure chocolate

Topping (brains): Blueberries

Method

Melt the chocolate au bain-marie. Turn a glass (or jar) upside-down and spoon a generous amount of chocolate along the upper rim of the glass. Rotate the glass until you’ve coated the entire rim. Now turn the glass right side up, and the chocolate will run down the sides. Make sure you’re close to the freezer. If the chocolate resembles ‘Frankenstein’ hair, put the glass in the freezer at once, and leave in there for at least 5 minutes. Repeat with the second glass. Remove the glasses from the freezer – use a small drip of chocolate and use it to glue 2 blueberry ‘eyes’ to the frozen glass. Repeat with the second glass. Optionally make a stich with the chocolate and a skewer (as seen on photo). Put both glasses back in the freezer for another 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the smoothie. Blend all the ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Pour the smoothie into the glasses (or jars), put blueberries on top and add straws. Serve immediately.

Black Widow Smoothie Bowl

Black Widow Smoothie-Bowl

Ingredients (for 2 smoothie bowls)

1 avocado (from the refrigerator), flesh from

1 handful of (unsalted) walnuts

100 gram fresh spinach

½ celery stalk

1 tsp. chia seeds

1 tsp. hemp seeds

1 green apple (from the refrigerator)

2 tbsp. agave syrup

200 ml almond milk, unsweetened (cold)

For the spider web: ± 100 ml coconut yoghurt, granola, blueberries, dried rose petals, lime zest and chia seeds

Necessity: skewer

Method

Blend all the ingredients for the smoothie in a food processor until smooth. Pour the smoothie into small bowls. Use the coconut yoghurt to make the ‘spider web’ start with a small drip of the yoghurt in the middle of the smoothie bowl and continue with making ± 3 circles around this ‘dot’. Use a skewer to draw lines from the middle (inner dot) to the outside of the bowl. The amount of lines depends on the size of the bowl. Make as many lines as you like. Make a spider by putting 1 big (body) and 1 small (head) blueberry in the middle and cut 8 legs out of 2 big blueberries. Place the legs around the body of the spider. Repeat with the second bowl. Decorate your smoothie bowls with the toppings and serve immediately.

Witch Fingers Avocado Toast

Witch Fingers Avocado Toast (12 fingers)

Ingredients

3 big (as long as possible) slices dark brown bread

1 avocado

12 white almonds (to resemble nails)

Paprika or cayenne powder

Salt, pepper, and chili flakes to taste

Method

Toast the bread, remove the crust, and cut out of 2 slices 12 long fingers (1.5 cm wide).

Use the third toast to make the ‘dirt’: put the toast in the food processor and mix until it looks like ground earth.

Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit, mash the avocado and season with salt pepper and chili flakes to taste.

Sprinkle the ‘dirt’ on a nice plate, smear some avocado spread on the fingers. Put some paprika or cayenne powder on top of the finger and put the almond ‘nail’ on top.

Guaca Brain Dip with Spooky Chips

Guacamole Brain Dip with Spooky Crisps

Ingredients

1 small cauliflower

Your favourite guacamole

4 (multi grain) tortilla wraps

2 tbsp Olive oil

Curry powder (could be replaced by paprika powder)

Necessity: Halloween molds (if possible use different Halloween shapes) and baking paper

Method

Remove the leaves from the cauliflower and cut a slice from the top so it can stand upside down. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Cover tortillas on both sides with the olive oil. Make as many spooky Halloween shapes out of the tortilla wraps as possible. Put them on an oven safe plate covered with the baking paper. Sprinkle them with some curry powder. Bake the wrap figures until they are crispy for about 7 minutes (every oven is different). Meanwhile wash the cauliflower. Remove as much of the stem as possible. Prepare your favorite (or use store bought) guacamole and stuff the cauliflower with the guacamole. Serve the tortilla crisps with the cauliflower brain dip!

About the Peruvian Avocado Commission

The Peruvian Avocado Commission (PAC) is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It was established in 2011 to increase the consumption/demand for Avocados from Peru through advertising, retail promotion and public relations. The PAC’s promotional activities are conducted under the guidelines of the federal promotion program for Hass avocados, which is under the oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Detailed information regarding these programs will be announced throughout the season. Avocados from Peru will be available in the U.S. from June through September.

For more information about the PAC please visit www.avocadosfromperu.com or email [email protected]

 

 

19
Oct

Avocados from Peru Closes Out Record-Breaking 2018 Season

In partnership with the World Avocado Organization, Avocados from Peru closed out it’s 2018 marketing campaigns with Avoween inspired recipes and images.

Washington, D.C., October 19, 2018 – This season, Peru reached record-breaking sales numbers by exporting over 726 million pounds of avocados worldwide, of which 182 million pounds were shipped to the United States. Peru is the second largest exporter of avocados in the world, the second largest supplier to the U.S., and the largest supplier to Europe. Avocados from Peru (AFP) supported this significant distribution through various strategic and unique retail, trade and consumer marketing activations that proved to be essential components to this season’s success.

“This was a season of firsts for us,” said Xavier Equihua, President & CEO of the Peruvian Avocado Commission. “We conducted over 10,000 demos nationwide in Walmart, Costco and Sam’s Club in 60 days, launched the first partnership between two superfoods (Peruvian Avocados and California Walnuts), aired the first ever avocado TV spots during the World Cup and Major League Baseball All-Star Games, launched the first “Peru at the Zoo” activation at the Maryland Zoo and introduced Cuzco, Avocados from Peru’s new mascot.”

This season’s robust marketing campaigns spanned across all channels including social, digital, radio, broadcast, mobile, print, retail initiatives and consumer activations –all pointing to the quality, taste, nutritional benefits, and versatility of Peruvian avocados.

Avocados from Peru Completes 10,000 Demos in 60 Days & Participates in Walmart’s Wellness Week

Avocados from Peru completed 10,000 demos in 60 days at Walmart, Costco and Sam’s Club’s nationwide –a record-breaking number for the category. AFP also participated in this year’s Walmart Wellness Week, the largest health event in the world. Peruvian avocados are the only produce items to ever be included in this prestigious event and contributed demos at 997 locations throughout the week and served a consumer favorite recipe –Avocado, Walnut and Peach Salad.

First Ever Avocados from Peru and California Walnuts Superfood Demos

This season, consumers had the opportunity to taste and see the versatility of both Peruvian Avocados and California Walnuts in a first ever superfood demo collaboration at Costco, Sam’s Club and Walmart. The activations were supported by both demo partners through social, digital, PR, geo-targeting and website landing pages.

First Ever Avocado Sponsorship at World Cup and MLB All Star Games

This year AFP became the first in its category to sponsor two of the world’s most prominent athletic events –The World Cup and the MLB All Star Games. AFP ran TV spots celebrating World Avocado Month during the games as well as on morning and evening news programs. This initiative was also supported through digital and social promotions in partnership with Fox 5.

First Ever Produce Item to Partner with CBS and New York Yankees Baseball

AFP partnered with CBS to bring the ‘Avo-Dog’ promotion to one of the nation’s most iconic baseball parks over Labor Day weekend, offering baseball fans a free topping of Peruvian avocado with the purchase of any food item during the New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics games at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York.

First Ever “Peru at the Zoo”

To further showcase the nutritional benefits of Peruvian Avocados, AFP partnered with the Baltimore, Maryland Zoo to launch “Peru at the Zoo” which included Peruvian avocados served at all food outlets inside the park and various AFP branded signage around the zoo. AFP also sponsored radio spots and social media giveaways, which offered 75 free admission tickets to “Peru at the Zoo.”

First Ever Avocado Mascot, Cuzco the Avocado

Given AFP’s increased consumer engagement on social media, AFP launched their new brand mascot, Cuzco the Avocado. The mascot added a playful, yet stylish presence to the AFP digital marketing initiatives this year and will continue to be an integral part of upcoming 2019 digital campaigns.

More Highlights of the 2018 Season Include:

  • AFP kicked off Father’s Day weekend by treating baseball fans to a free topping of fresh Peruvian Avocado with the purchase of an Oriole dog during the Baltimore Orioles vs. Miami Marlins game in Oriole Park at Camden Yards. This activation was supported with radio spots on CBS radio, which reached over 60% of the Baltimore market and generated over 600K impressions across AFP and CBS radio social platforms.
  • AFP took over the bus and truck wraps of several American cities including Washington D.C and Philadelphia.
  • Continued partnership with brand ambassadors Peruvian Brothers, Peruvian Chef Martin Morales and food stylist firm, Fooddeco. AFP also ventured into a new brand ambassador partnership with Chef Patrick Drake, HelloFresh Head Chef.
  • AFP participated in an Independence Day reception at the Peruvian Embassy in Washington D.C. celebrating the 197th anniversary of the independence of Peru. AFP provided gift bags, which included Peruvian avocados and Cuzco stickers within a custom made avocado-ripening bag.
  • AFP featured ‘Better Breakfast Recipes’ on the nationally syndicated TV shows, Daytime and The Lifestyle List, reaching over 114M households in 210 markets and generating over 6 million impressions.
  • Regional advertising campaign in exclusive publications including Vogue, Vanity Fair and Women’s Health co-branded with retailer tags. AFP also advertised in trade print and digital publications.
  • Radio spots on Pandora and Spotify and local radio stations in Texas.
  • AFP co-sponsored the Peru Pavilion at the 2018 Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit Convention and Expo in Orlando, Florida.

AFP’s marketing efforts reflect the organization’s commitment to supplying the U.S. with top-quality fruit during the summer season. Avocados from Peru, Peru’s most popular superfood and America’s favorite summer avocado, are looking forward to planning another exciting and impactful marketing strategy for the upcoming 2019 season.

About the Peruvian Avocado Commission

The Peruvian Avocado Commission (PAC) is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It was established in 2011 to increase the consumption/demand for Avocados from Peru through advertising, retail promotion and public relations. The PAC’s promotional activities are conducted under the guidelines of the Federal Promotion Program for Hass Avocados, which is under the oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For more information about the PAC please visit www.avocadosfromperu.com or email [email protected].