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Guacamole prices going up

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(NBC) - The price of guacamole is going up. An avocado shortage is doubling and even tripling prices from a year ago.

Officials say labor strikes in Mexico and the upcoming avocado off-season are causing the price hike.

About 500 avocado workers blocked roads in southern Mexico to stop shipments in response to the fruit's unstable price.

The workers claim packing facilities pay less than $1 to pack the fruit then charge more than $5 to ship in the U.S.

Experts say the high prices could linger until after the Super Bowl, when the demand for guacamole really soars.

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