Avocados Australia Guacamole 12 July 2019

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Alvin is on the MOVE!!!

We’re moving!

Today, Avocados Australia is relocating from Woolloongabba, to the Brisbane Markets. From Monday, 15 July, you will be able to find us at Unit 13, Level 1, in the Fresh Centre at 385 Sherwood Road, Rocklea Queensland 4106. Our new postal address is PO Box 134, Brisbane Markets Q 4106. All other contact details remain the same, and you will still be able to reach the Avocados Australia team at 07 3846 6566. However, if you need to reach us today, please call our mobiles.

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Preparing for increasing production

With a number of new orchards coming into production, Australia is expecting a bumper crop, with volumes up 9% from last year’s, says Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas. “What the industry has done, is throw its support and dollars, to build the domestic market to ensure consumption has grown alongside that production,” he told Fresh Fruit Portal last week.

First AvoSkills workshop on in NQ

First AvoSkills booked out

The first of the AvoSkills workshops, covering the “A” to “O” of avocado orchard management (being held in Mareeba this month) is fully booked! However, this is just the first of the multi-day workshops that will be held as part of the Avocado industry development and extension (AV17005) project. AvoSkills workshops are planned for Western Australia and Central Queensland in 2020, and in South Queensland and Central New South Wales in 2021. Keep an eye on the events calendar on the Avocados Australia website for dates.
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Hort Innovation launches new strategic plan

The strategy is the new guiding document for Hort Innovation; putting it into action will allow Hort Innovation to continue to strive to help growers and the wider horticulture industry in harnessing opportunities and growing strengths, while planning for and tackling potential hurdles in the way.

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Avocado marketing on the streets

From March until the end of June, the Australian Avocados campaign was at aimed at avocado's core audience with ads appearing on display panels in gyms, street furniture and shopping centres. This form of advertising reinforces the message of avocados making everything better and helps drive action before consumers enter a retail store, a critical step on the path to purchase journey. The industry's marketing is managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

Find all the 2019 Regional Forum dates in our calendar
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Fair Work audits at Bundaberg Q. 11/7/19.
Farms, labour hire contractors and accommodation providers in and around the major towns of Bundaberg, Mundubbera and Childers have been visited since the compliance activity began on Tuesday of this week.

Frank Costa retires from Costa Group. 5/7/19.

produce mogul Frank Costa retired as non-executive director of fresh food giant Costa Group, the company announced on Friday, 5 July. He will continue to retain his involvement with the company as an advisor to the Board.

Labour hire company fined for underpayment. 5/7/19.

A Sydney horticulture labour-hire company will back-pay $12,933 to a Chinese student after a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation uncovered multiple breaches of workplace laws. “Improving compliance with workplace laws in the horticulture industry is a priority for us and we encourage any workers with concerns about their pay or conditions to contact us,” the Ombudsman said.

South Australian bursary for rural projects/study. 3/7/19.

Applications close on 16 September for a $5,000 Rural Youth Bursary (for young people 18-30) working in rural areas of South Australia, to undertake further study, study tours or develop a project.

New Plant Export Management System (PEMS). 2/7/19.
The Australian Government Department of Agriculture has launched its new PEMS system. The system is primarily designed to capture inspection and calibration information by inspection AOs, but registration is also required for exporters, EDI users and staff in management and control at registered establishments to support the inspection process.

Incomplete records lead to fine. 1/7/19.

Incomplete wind records have led to a fine for a Northern Rivers (NSW) macadamia farm and contractor, after a neighbour’s complaint about chemical drift. The contractor was also cautioned for not holding a ground applicator licence, a year-old requirement in NSW.

Survey: food safety culture

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre is attempting to better understand food safety culture in the Australian and New Zealand fresh produce sector. They’re asking fresh produce food safety practitioners, business owners and auditors to rank their organisations on a one to five metric to create a baseline assessment of food safety culture.


New Zealand retail prices falling. 10/7/19.
The price of the fruit leapt in May, due to lack of supply, with some retailers charging as much as $12.50 per avocado. However, new food price statistics show the price of a 200 gram avocado fell to $2.99 in June.

Indonesia interested in Japanese market. 9/7/19.
"Avocado is a new request, and we will convey it to the director general of horticulture to follow up on it," the Indonesian Agricultural Attache in Tokyo said.

First Peruvian avocados to Thailand. 4/7/19.

The Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation confirmed last week that a four-tonne consignment of Hass avocados, originating from the Chao district of the Viru province, had arrived in Thailand.

Camposol expects year-round production. 2/7/19

With new plantings in Colombia and their activities in Peru, Camposol expects to offer avocado year-round, including to Asian markets including China.

Prices for Mexican avocados up 7%. 1/7/19.

The price of Hass avocados from Michoacan, jumped about 7% to a record 650 pesos ($33.80) for a 10-kilogram box in late June.

Peru increases exports 9%. 1/7/19.

Exports to 25 countries and an increasing production based increased Peru’s avocado exports by 9% in the first quarter of 2019.

Kenya: euphoria subsides on Chinese access. 26/6/19.

The access deal between Kenya and China calls for avocados to be exported as a frozen product and the cost of investment in processing and freezing plants to convert the fruit from fresh to frozen will not be easy for the Central African country to manage.


Tristate forum agenda available now

The agenda for the 14 August 2019 regional forum at Renmark in the Tristate has been released. Avocados Australia and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) invite all growers and interested stakeholders to an Avocado Regional Forum to hear the latest industry and research updates, and presentations on Plant Growth Regulants (PGRs). You can find the agenda via our events calendar.



16 Jul – HARPS training, Brisbane Q
17-18 Jul – AvoSkills workshop, North Queensland (QDAF, Avocados Australia)
31 Jul-2 Aug – Horticulture Conference, Waikato, New Zealand
14 Aug – Avocado Regional Forum, Tristate (QDAF, Avocados Australia)
14 Aug – Fresh Produce Safety Centre 2019 Conference, Sydney NSW
28 Aug – Avocado Regional Forum, North Qld (QDAF, Avocados Australia)
3 Spt – Asiafruit Congress, Hong Kong 
4-6 Spt – Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong 
17-19 Spt – Australian industry WAC pre-tour, California
23-27 Spt – IX World Avocado Congress, Colombia
11-13 Nov – TropAg2019, Brisbane Q
22 Nov – Hort Innovation, AGM, Sydney NSW

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.