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COVID-19 avocado orchard and packshed guide

We are continuously updating our avocado specific orchard and packshed guide for dealing with COVID-19. Click here for a rundown of general tips, WHS considerations, staff management, tips on assessing the market, and useful staff templates. These have been specifically collated with avocado orchards in mind.

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COVID-19 restrictions easing

There have been some positive signs in the last fortnight that the COVID-19 restrictions are easing. In some especially positive news, the Northern Territory has set 15 May as the date for allowing some outdoor functions (click here), and will re-open restaurants/bars, with a safety plan. While there is no return date yet for dine-in options for our food service customers elsewhere, we can only hope that’s where the eased or easing restrictions in Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales will soon lead. Other developments in the last fortnight:

  • Western Australia has announced arrangements for seasonal workers
  • as has Queensland, where health management plans will be mandatory for not just employers but also accommodation and transport providers.

We are continuing to advise all growers to keep in touch with their supply chain partners before picking, to assess the market.

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Keep up to date

We are keeping the Australian News and the International News sections on our website updated as items come to hand. For the wider industry, we will also email important information directly, as needed, and we have compiled a (growing) list of national resources and information (click here). For members, we have a regular blog in the Member Area (log-in needed) and links to state-based resources and information (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia). Please check the currency of the information and consider all relevant federal and state requirements as well.

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Purchasing behaviours stabilising

As consumers adjust to the “new normal” and we see purchasing behaviours begin to stabilise, Avocados Australia is committed to working with Hort Innovation on the levy-funded marketing program to ensure Avocados priority in consumers’ minds and shopping baskets. Nielsen have reported that while COVID-19 has caused the overall fresh produce category reach a two-year high, berries, citrus and avocado categories declined in volume sales growth compared to the same period last year as consumers opted for produce with a longer shelf-life. Nielsen have identified four key ways businesses can react to the shifting consumer demands and purchasing patterns in response to the pandemic, here. Australian Avocados marketing activities are managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

Webinar link: Central NSW Regional Forum

First Regional Forum webinar a success

The first online delivery of an Avocado Regional Forum was well received by Central New South Wales growers this week. More than 50 participants were online to hear from NSW DPI’s Ruth Huwer and Craig Maddox (fruitspotting bug management), and Avocados Australia’s John Tyas. You can find the recording and additional resources on collecting citrus blossom bugs and weed management, in the Event Proceedings section of the BPR Library.

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New video in the BPR!

A new video, produced via the industry extension project (AV17005), has been added to the BPR Library. The Protecting your avocado trees from Phytophthora root rot video demonstrates the steps needed for the effective use of phosphorous acid, as part of an integrated management approach. Watch the video here.

The BPR is our free online one-stop-shop to support best practice throughout the Australian avocado supply chains. We encourage all of our stakeholders to register and access this vital resource.

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MacKays celebrate 75 years. 27/4/2020.

Avocado, banana and papaya producers the Mackay family this week celebrated 75 years in business. Read more in FreshPlaza.

WA growers drilling for water. 27/4/2020.

Avocado growers in Western Australia’s south-west are among those drilling to improve their water security and availability. Read more from ABC Rural.

South Australia: bacterial disease found in bee hives. 24/4/2020.

American Foulbrood (AFB), a bacterial disease that kills honeybee brood, has been found in hives in the Lewiston area of South Australia. It can be spread via infected honeybees, honeybee products and equipment. Read more.

Victoria: labour hire update. 22/4/2020.

Victoria’s Labour Hire Authority has announced it will not take enforcement action against a provider for providing services without a licence, or a host who enters into an arrangement with that provider, where a complete application is submitted to the Authority before midnight 30 June 2020 and there is no evidence of non-compliance. Read more.

Freshcare’s global recognition. 20/4/2020.

The recognition of Freshcare’s certification program by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) reflects global best practice in food safety management and may provide Australian growers and packers with better access to international markets. Read more in FreshPlaza.

Fall armyworm found in CQ and WA. 20/4/2020.

The Western Australian Government has report fall armyworm has reached Broome, click here for more. And in Queensland, it has now reached Emerald, Biloela and Mackay. Fall armyworm is highly mobile and impacts on a wide range of agricultural crops, but avocados do not appear to be a significant target.

Click here for a round up of international avocado news

US avocados access Chinese market. 30/4/2020.

Hass avocados from California can now be exported to China, the culmination of work that started back in 2005. Read more in the Produce Report.

Peru: additional areas granted Chile access. 30/4/2020.

Small Hass producers from additional Peruvian regions will now be able to export avocado to Chile. Read more in FreshPlaza.

EU: avocados holding onto market. 28/4/2020.

Avocados have continued to sell well in Europe, despite the pandemic. Supply is now in the low period as the campaigns from Spain, Israel, Morocco and Chile end, and the transition is made to Peru and South Africa. Read more in FreshPlaza and Fresh Produce Journal.

Mexico looks to production in Colombia. 27/4/2020.

According to some Mexican avocado companies, operating in Colombia is an attractive option, in part because of the country's 1,000 hectares of avocado production that is certified internationally in terms of good environmental and social practices. Read more in FreshPlaza.

US: health halo increases avocado demand. 28/4/2020.

Avocado prices for Mexican avocados in the US are up 60% from early March, after orchards decreased harvest rates in anticipation of a demand drop. However, Rabobank says shoppers are looking for fresh, healthy produce. Read more in FreshPlaza.

US: bag sales increase. 28/4/2020.

In the US, it seems consumers are preferring avocados sold in bags, as a means of avoiding handling raw product. While the cut in food service did impact, the industry is anticipating steady supply and demand for the coming months. Read more in Produce News.

Chile behind on water infrastructure development. 23/4/2020.

According to one water industry member, Chile has not made the necessary investments to address water issues, caused in part by a 10-year long drought in agricultural regions. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.

Your round up of export news that matters

Register your airfreight interest

The Australian Government is supporting air freight to key markets in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UAE from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Read the release and click here for the factsheet. Avocado industry exporters keen to reach these markets should visit the webpage (click here) to register their interest, as this is key to determining final routes and timing.

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Japan: Colombian avocados make inroads. 29/4/2020.

The first shipment for Japan’s Ito Yokado supermarket chain left Colombia on 24 April. Read more in Asiafruit.

Peru accesses South Korea and Thai markets. 27/4/2020.

Thailand and South Korea have opened their markets to Peruvian Hass avocado, which will begin to be exported to both destinations in 2020. Read more in FreshPlaza.


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Check our calendar for more!

Tristate Regional Forum

Our second virtual Regional Forum is for the Tristate, on 27 May. More details will be announced soon for this Zoom event. RSVP by Friday, 22 May to Amanda on or call 07 3846 6566 to reserve your spot. All industry members are welcome to attend any event but for our online events, preference will be given to those in the region first should we have to limit numbers.



12 May – Avocado Marketing SIAP meeting, Brisbane Q

13 May – Avocado R&D SIAP meeting, Brisbane Q
27 May – Avocado Regional Forum, Tristate (online event)

15 Spt – Asiafruit Congress, Singapore

16-18 Spt – Asia Fruit Logistica, Singapore



7-9 Jun – Hort Connections, Brisbane Q

21-23 Jun – Australasian Plant Breeding Conference, Gold Coast Q

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Guacamole has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the avocado research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.