Avocados Australia Guacamole 6 September 2019

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Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas in an Indian retail store, holding an avocado

Domestic quality and export development key

As the Australian avocado industry heads toward a record 96,000t crop this year, Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas says growers are focussed on offering quality fruit to domestic and international customers. “We need to grow our international markets to keep pace with our increasing domestic production. At the moment, Australia exports less than 5% of our avocados, but as production increases, we will be in a position to offer additional supplies (to our export markets).”

Western Australian avocados being readied for export to Japan

WA avocados on way to Japan

Western Australian avocados were on the first direct Perth to Tokyo flight last week, taking advantage of a faster transit time and reduced handling. Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas says the addition of Japan last year is an important step in the industry’s export plans. “The Japanese market is well-known for its strict biosecurity requirements, and demand for premium fruit,” he says. “That we can meet these requirements is excellent for our industry going forward.”

Avocados Australia stand at Asia Fruit Logistica, in the Hort Innovation Taste Australia pavilion

Australian avocados at AFL

The Australian avocado industry was represented at Asia Fruit Logistica this week by Jennie Franceschi (Fruit Hub, Australian Brand Exports, Karri Country Produce) and Antony Allen (The Avolution). Despite recent unrest in Hong Kong, the avocado industry representatives report good interest in Australian avocado. The industry’s stand was part of the Hort Innovation Taste Australia pavilion.

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Export record for Australian horticultural produce

The world’s appetite for Australian fruit, nuts and vegetables has skyrocketed with Australian produce exports reaching almost $2.8 billion for the first time, a 27% increase on the 2017/2018 financial year, according to new data released by Hort Innovation.


What do you want to know about exporting?

Avocados Australia is currently running a short, four-minute survey to capture the export plans of industry members, and learn what information you need to help us support you. We want to know your views, what is important to you and how we can do the best job to increase awareness of the importance of export and knowledge of export in Australian avocado industry. This survey closes at 4pm on Monday, 16 September.

Have you filled out the tree census?

OrchardInfo Tree Census

ATTENTION ALL GROWERS: If you haven’t completed your 2019 OrchardInfo Tree Census, please do so as soon as possible. This short census provides us with the information that underpins long-term industry planning. If you are a commercial grower and you have not yet received the census link, please call Daniel or Amanda on 07 3846 6566, or email data@avocado.org.au.
Responses are needed by 16 September. Remember, if there are no changes, you just need to submit the form that we sent you.


Interest needed: levy-supported masterclass

Hort Innovation is keen to hear from avocado levy payers about their interest in providing levy support for a Masterclass in Horticultural Business. Several other horticultural industries provide support for masterclass participants. If believe the avocado industry would benefit from supporting this initiative, or you are interested, please contact Hort Innovation’s Jane Wightman on jane.wightman@horticulture.com.au or 0427 142 046. If there is interest, Jane will take a proposal to the Avocado Strategic Investment Advisory Panel. Click here to read more about the Hort Frontiers program and the support provided, and click here for more on the University of Tasmania masterclass.

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Public Service Announcement: avocado safety

The team at Australian Avocados have released a short video showing our consumers how to safely cut a fresh avocado. The clip can be seen on the consumer-facing marketing Facebook by clicking here. This marketing activity is managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

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Best Practice Resource

Latest export & import report for Australia

The latest report on Australia's avocado exports and imports (June 2018 to July 2019) is now available under the Exports heading in the BPR Library. In this 12 month period, Australia exported 3,202t of avocados to markets including Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, the Middle East and, for the first time, Japan.
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. You can log in (or request access!) via www.avocado.org.au/best-practice-resource/. 

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Agvet chemical framework review. 5/9/19.

Every facet of agricultural and veterinary chemical regulation will be reviewed from the ground up following the appointment of an independent panel. Read more.

Ripeness tester promoted to potential investors. 3/9/19.

The Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries is currently surveying consumers (click here to check it out) about their work on non-damaging technologies for ripe avocado selection, including the ReadyCado. The department will be showcasing the ReadyCado to potential investors at next week’s Ag-Tech Innovation GATEway event in Sydney. Read more.

Change needed, because labour crimes pay. 1/9/19.

AUSVEG says law-abiding growers are at breaking point because of chronic labour shortages that have allowed racketeering around visas and asylum applications to flourish. Read more in the Financial Review.

Reminder on piece rates in horticulture. 29/9/19.

The National Harvest Labour Information Service has released information on what does and does not apply when paying piece rates in horticulture. Read more. The service also has information on the July minimum wage decision, click here.

Costa says energy market “disgraceful”. 26/8/19.

Harry Debney, head of Costa Group, says the company has installed back-up generators to prevent losses from energy supply disruptions in a number of Australian states. Read more in the Sydney Morning Herald.

National Plant Biosecurity Status Report released. 26/8/19.

Plant Health Australia (PHA) has released the National Plant Biosecurity Status Report for 2018, documenting the many layers of the system protecting plant industries and the environment. Click here to read the report, including a section on avocados.

LEAD delivers next crop of leaders. 25/8/19.

“I've no doubt that based on the calibre of graduates, the future of horticulture is in very safe hands,” LEAD project leader Dianne Fullelove told Good Fruit & Vegetables. LEAD was delivered in collaboration with a range of tropical horticulture groups, including Avocados Australia.

Costa Group’s 15% profit decline, revenue grows. 23/8/19.

For the six months to 30 June, Costa grew its revenue by 11.8% on the prior corresponding period to $573 million. Read more in FreshPlaza.

Scholarships of $4,103-$10,941 available

Hort Innovation and Women & Leadership Australia are offering fee support of up to $10,941 for women to take part in one of three part-time practical courses. Participants will network with women peers from a variety of industries, and cover such topics as reinforcing resilience and wellbeing, rewiring your networks, evolving strategic change, team dynamics and supporting leadership performance. Expressions of interest are due by 15 November, click here for more.

Deadline approaching: Hort Innovation AGM & voting rights

Hort Innovation members who pay a statutory or voluntary levy have the right to vote at the organisation's AGM. In order to secure voting entitlements, members must first complete an Annual Levy Return form (this process closes on 27 September 2019). However, new members must sign up for Hort Innovation membership by 12 September. The AGM is in Sydney on 22 November. Read more at Hort Innovation about how to secure your voting rights.


US: organic market increasing. 4/9/19.

As a percentage of the California crop, organic Hass avocados are on the rise, from 5.5% of total crop in 2013/14, to 9.9% as of August this year, according to the California Avocado Commission. Read more in AgAlert.

South Africa: ZZ2 plans to increase avocado production. 3/9/19.

The company has added a nursery to its operation, in order to increase orchard plantings and are already looking to open new markets outside of the UK and European markets. Read more in Eurofruit. South Africa is also optimistic about accessing the Japanese market; read more from Eurofruit.

Colombia can now export avocado to Peru. 3/9/19.

Peru has agreed to open its market to Colombian avocado, lemon and pineapples from September, via an MOU. Peru can also send avocado to Colombia. Read more in FreshPlaza.

UK: new players update avocado dip. 3/9/19.

The company uses high pressure processing to create new dips selling in a range of retailers and catering players, including trains, Nando’s and potentially airlines.

Read more in FreshPlaza.

Israeli season starts with Galil. 23/8/19.

Israelis eat between 6-8kg of avocado per person each year. Local production has started with picking of the Galil variety, an Israeli-developed avocado. Read more in FreshPlaza.


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Regional Forums: check out the albums

If you missed the North Queensland or Tristate Regional Forums, the various presentations will soon be available in the BPR. Until then, you can take a look at the events via our Facebook albums. Click here for North Queensland, and click here for the Tristate.



9-10 Spt – China International Fruit & Vegetable Fair, Beijing 
17-19 Spt – Australian industry WAC pre-tour, California
23-27 Spt – IX World Avocado Congress, Colombia

24-25 Oct – Avocado SIAP meeting, Brisbane

11-13 Nov – TropAg2019, Brisbane Q
22 Nov – Hort Innovation AGM, Sydney NSW

10-13 Mar – Foodex Japan 2020, Makuhari Messe, Chiba
15-17 Jun – Hort Connections, Brisbane 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.