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Avocados Australia Guacamole 9 November 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the Guacamole newsletter. Get all the latest avocado industry news at your fingertips every fortnight!

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Global avocado market update

Two new global market reports have been developed and added to the BPR Library, under the Export heading. The Avocado Producers and Suppliers report provides an overview of the world’s major producers and market suppliers, and the Import Markets report provides the latest on the various import markets, from Asia to Europe including key markets for Australian avocado suppliers. Together, these reports provide useful information about avocado global market opportunities, competitor supply times, volumes and prices. You will also be able to read more about these reports in the upcoming Spring edition of Talking Avocados.

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/.


Avocados meets with new Hort CEO

The new CEO of Hort Innovation, Matt Brand, attended the Avocados Australia board meeting last week, discussing his proposed approach to managing the company. The Avocados Australia AGM was also held last week, with an additional West Australian growing region director, Brad Rodgers from Manjimup, joining the Board. Incumbents Kym Thiel (Tristate), Tom Silver (Northern River/Tamborine) and John Walsh (Central Queensland) were returned unopposed.


Fair Farms funding extended

The Fair Farms Initiative this week received a $1.5 million allocation from the Australian Government. The funding will help roll out the market recognition scheme enabling farm businesses to demonstrate that their employment practices comply with Australian laws and industry standards.


Backpacker & seasonal worker changes

The Australian Government this week changed the rules for working holiday visas, and seasonal workers. Voice of Horticulture says the changes are a step in the right direction. Changes include: backpackers no longer need to leave a job after six months, the number of places available for 462 visas will be increased, and the number of Seasonal Worker Visas granted to Pacific Island workers will increase to 14,000.


Two million plus see campaign

More than two million YouTube users saw the latest digital marketing campaign from Australian Avocados, with more than 90% of viewers watching all of the ad. The avocado industry’s marketing activities are funded by your grower levies. See the latest marketing activity that’s helping Aussie consumers connect with (and eat!) Australian Avocados.


Australia signs Trans-Pacific Partnership. 1/11/18.
On 31 October, Australia joined Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore in the first group to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11, and also known as the CPTPP).

Ag women urged to nominate. 4/11/18
The avocado industry’s Jennie Franceschi is encouraging women to nominate for the 2019 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

Fair Farms accepted as ethical audit. 30/10/18. 
According to Growcom’s Rachel Mackenzie, fruit growers supplying Woolworths or Aldi can nominate the national Fair Farms training as their ethical audit. More on Fair Farms here.

The Land Before Avocado & other books.
In researching his new book, Australian author Richard Glover delved into the origins of the country’s avocado industry, talking to researcher Dr Ken Pegg who was told “avocados are an industry without a future in Australia, just accept it” by his superiors. He didn’t, and the rest is history. Avocados also feature in Charlotte Watts’ Good Mood Food and Mikey Robin’s Seven Deadly Sins and One Very Naughty Fruit (avocado is in the chapter on Lust).

Splashed Avo attempting to fly
The Splashed Avo, which 22-year-old Josh will push off a six-metre platform with his mother on-board, will be part of this weekend’s Red Bull Flugtag competition. The teams will be judged on flight distance, creativity of the craft and showmanship when they take the plunge on Saturday.


Chile’s China promotion starts. 6/11/18.
This year it is estimated Chile’s avocado production will grow by 8.8%, reaching 245,000 metric tons, of which almost 70% will be exported, mainly to Europe, the US and Asia.

Peru’s price concerns this campaign. 6/11/18.
As well as concerns about meeting China’s phytosanitary concerns (only two out of every 15 containers sent by Peru to China is cleared for entry, and generally the industry is also debating if quality or high supply are the cause of this year’s lower prices. However, Camposol says country’s total avocado exports to China have almost tripled this season, 850 containers compared to 309 last season).

Colombian avocados arrive in Saudi Arabia. 6/11/18.
From Colombia, Pacific Fruits says the transit time is 25 days to Jeddah and 21 days to the King Abdullah Port.

Kenya’s production and exports increasing. 5/11/18.
Avocado exports to Europe nearly tripled in value between 2013 and 2017, according to the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI). The country is also expected to sign an export deal with China.

Peru second biggest Japanese avocado supplier. 2/11/18.
In the first eight months of the year, avocado exports to China, Japan, and Hong Kong amounted to US$29 million, US$12 million and US$11 million, respectively. Peru became the third biggest supplier of avocados to China and Hong Kong, and Japan's second biggest supplier.

Michoacan avocado growers on strike. 1/11/18.
Avocado producers in Michoacán took direct action to protest against fruit grown in other parts of the country being exported illegally from the Mexican state to the US, paralysing exports and reportedly costing the industry millions. Meanwhile, Avocados from Mexico are gearing up for their 2019 US Super Bowl campaign.

Researcher creates liquid to extend avo life. 26/10/18.
A Chilean researcher has developed a compound that greatly increases the amount of time it takes for fruit such as avocados to decay once peeled or cut.

China: Mr Avocado’s rapid development. 26/10/18.
The future looks bright for China-US joint venture Mr. Avocado as it rides surging demand for avocados in China. The company's daily sales are currently in the range of 65,000 to 75,000 fruits.

EU: avocado consumption up 35%. 25/10/18.
Avocado sales in Europe have soared by 35% year-on-year over the last 12 months to reach a record level, according to the World Avocado Organization (WAO).

Avocado is everywhere
In North America, there’s now a “lunchable” version of avocado toast (pot of guac and mini toasts, in a packet); avocado is one of the Kiwi’s favourite sandwich fillings; and an alien baby was named Avocado Pe in the new series of British sci-fi television show Dr Who, after an “ancient Earth hero”.


Latest HARPS dates

The next HARPS training courses are in Melbourne and Sydney (see calendar below). The course is particularly aimed at Tier 1 and 2 growers, suppliers, packers and wholesalers to the major grocery retailers, and covers the following: HARPS overview and general requirements; food safety and quality issues in the produce industry; legal requirements for food safety programs; four hazards (biological, chemical, physical, allergen) and their sources; Three elements of a food safety program (facilities and equipment, HACCP and pre-requisite programs). The fee for the course is $680 per person (plus GST). To ensure each attendee is able to get the most out of the training, HARPS will try to cap the number of attendees to 15 per daily session. Other locations will be announced soon. For more information: https://harpsonline.com.au/harps-training/.




9-12 Nov – Australian Biological Farming Conference, Gold Coast QLD
23 Nov – HARPS training course, Melbourne VIC
23 Nov – Hort Innovation AGM, Brisbane QLD

24-25 Nov – Avocado Festival 2018, Araluen WA
26 Nov – HARPS training course, Sydney NSW
27-28 Nov – GFIA in Focus, Brisbane QLD

6-8 Feb – Fruit Logistica Berlin 
24-26 Jun – Hort Connections, Melbourne VIC
23-27 Spt – IX World Avocado Congress, Colombia

Horticulture Innovation Australia
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.