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Avocados Australia Guacamole 12 October 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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Supplies pressure avocado prices

As Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas told ABC Western Australia this week, it’s important to have a sustainable price point for both growers and consumers. Australia is on its way to producing 115,000t of avocados by 2025, and Avocados Australia is working to increase domestic consumption and expland international market access. “At the moment, Australians consume 95% of our domestic crop but in the future, we’re going to need both domestic and international markets to maintain a sustainable industry for our growers,” Mr Tyas says.


Hort Innovation director nominees named

At Hort Innovation’s 2018 Annual General Meeting in November, voting members will elect three directors to the Hort Innovation Board. Seven candidates for the positions have now been announced. More information about each candidate will also be included in the Notice of Annual General Meeting, issued to Hort Innovation members later in October.


Avocado campaign reaches shoppers

More than three million people have seen the latest Australian Avocado campaign on their way into supermarkets across the country. 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.

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Workplace Health & Safety

Preventing injury and keeping those people that work for you safe is important for your business. Specific resources have been developed for the avocado industry which will help you to manage Work Health and Safety (WHS) and meet your legal obligations. There are three practical resources which form the base of the information included within the BPR: Avocado Growing and Packing – A Practical Safety Guide, WHS Implementation checklist, and a WHS Policy and Plan. You can download all of these resources from the WHS section of the BPR.

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/.


New Zealand’s export season has started. 5/10/18.
The country expects to export 3.6 of the forecast 5.2 million trays this season, to Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, India and China.

NQ orchard faces fines over worker death. 2/10/18.
A Tolga avocado company is facing large fines over the 2016 death of a farm worker, who was in a cherry-picker trimming avocado trees at the property when he collided with the power lines and received a 22,000 volt electric shock. The company’s safety systems were described as “extremely good” by the Prosecutor for the Electrical Safety Office, but the defendants “failed to appreciate the risk not only posed by direct contact but the risk of arcing from high voltage power lines”.


Brazil aims to be major avo player. 9/10/18.
Brazil continues to exhibit its green-skinned varieties at international trade fairs, but believes the future is Hass with plans to increase hectares planted by five to six times.

US: pre-cut, frozen avocados in supermarkets. 8/10/18.
They come in 10-ounce and 32-ounce bags, and contain 50 calories per serving, and are being marketed for use in dressings, sandwiches and desserts.

New Zealand has big plans for China and Thailand. 8/10/18.
The first commercial shipment of avocados from growers in the Bay of Plenty and Far North arrived in China last week. Meanwhile, New Zealand expects to send 150,000 trays to Thailand in 2018, and it's also sending to India.

Chile expecting production up 9%. 4/10/18.
Chile, the Southern Hemisphere’s top avocado exporter, is forecasting avocado production of 245,000 metric tons (MT) for the current season, which would mark a 9% year-on-year rise. However, prices have been unstable for Chilean producers.

Mexico: new season crop flowing. 3/10/18.
The supply of avocados in Mexico has switched over to new-crop supply and is coming in with good volume.

WAO teams up with Michelin. 2/10/18.
The iconic Michelin Guide is collaborating with the World Avocado Organisation (WAO) to celebrate the brunch staple in all its glory, which is the first time the guide has worked with a fruit.

Camposol’s Colombian expansion raises concerns. 2/10/18.
The company’s expansion activities are expected to create more than 350 jobs but environmentalists are concerned about potential effects on soil and water resources.

Avocado in the news
Avo lovers have caused a British coffee group’s withdrawal of its latest ad, for attempting to discourage people from buying avocados! And Bill Granger has included his new Avocado and Smashed Cucumber Salad with Mirin and Sesame on the menu for his Good Food Month masters series event in Sydney on Monday. The Australian restaurateur and avocado lover released the avocado salad recipe earlier this year, when he helped Australian Avocados celebrate 25 years of the smashed avo. Meanwhile, a Californian avocado festival celebrated its 32nd year.


Avocados Australia AGM

Notice has been issued to the Members of Avocados Australia Limited that the 15th Annual General Meeting of Avocados Australia Limited will be held at the Brisbane Markets Rocklea, Brisbane, Queensland 4106 (Training Room 2, Martin Taylor Drive off 385 Sherwood Road), on Friday, 2 November, from 1pm to 2pm. For catering purposes, if you are planning to attend the AGM, please notify Jayne Weedon at your earliest convenience on 1300 303 971.


HARPS training dates set

The next HARPS training course is in Perth WA next week (see calendar below). The course has been designed to reflect the immediate needs for producers to meet the HARPS requirements, using case studies and practical examples where possible. In addition, the course will include Food Safety Risk assessment and the HACCP process. Attendees will receive a handbook, example templates and pro-formas that attendees can use to adapt to their own specific activities. 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/.




17-18 Oct – NFF National Congress 2018, Canberra
18 Oct – HARPS training course, Jandakot, Perth WA
18-20 Oct – PMA Fresh Summit, Florida USA
2 Nov – Avocados Australia AGM, Brisbane Q
9-12 Nov – Australian Biological Farming Conference, Gold Coast Q
23 Nov – Hort Innovation AGM, Brisbane Q

24-25 Nov – Avocado Festival 2018, Araluen WA

6-8 Feb – Fruit Logistica Berlin 
24-26 Jun – Hort Connections, Melbourne V
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.