Avocados Australia Guacamole 14 June 2019

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Recognising an outstanding contribution

Avocados Australia is pleased to announce the Order of Merit recipient for 2019, industry member Russell Delroy from Western Australia. The certificate was accepted by Jamie Collins, on behalf of Mr Delroy, at a presentation by Director Dudley Mitchell at one of our recent Western Australian events. Mr Delroy has played a major role in the development of the avocado industry, particularly in the area of market development. He has served on the Avocados Australia Board and participated on industry advisory committees. His efforts have certainly helped to develop the Australian avocado market to where it currently is today.

Western Australian Regional Forum, June 2019

Western Australia events

Two events were held in Western Australia last week, attracting more than 140 growers and industry members to Pemberton and Gingin. The events are part of an ongoing three-year industry development and extension project, so keep an eye on the calendar in Guacamole or the events listing on our website.

Australian Avocados Instagram

Helping our consumers choose

The consumer-facing efforts from the Hort Innovation team at Australian Avocados are helping our consumers pick the perfect Hass, based on colour with less squeezing. This includes activity on social media showing the difference between the different stages of ripeness, ranging from what to look for in avocados that will be ready in a few days, to avocados ready to eat now. The industry's marketing is managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

Regional Forum dates
What's new in the Best Practice Resource?
Best Practice Resource

New Maximum Residue Limits information

Are you interested in exporting to one of Australia’s key international markets? The Best Practice Resource has a host of information, both in the Export section and in the BPR Library, under the Export heading. This includes the June 2019 Maximum Residue Limits table. All fruit you export must be compliant with the maximum residue limits for your target countries, and you must monitor the residue levels in the fruit you are sourcing for export markets to ensure compliance. Please note that each country updates the MRLs from time to time, so it is important for you to seek up-to-date information on MRLs.
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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Townsville study identifies avocado opportunity. 13/6/19.
Avocados are in the top 5 products with potential for North Queensland growers in the Townsville, Burdekin, Hinchinbrook, Charters Towers and Palm Island areas, according to a study compiled by KPMG.

Ag innovators invited to apply for Young Leaders program. 4/6/19.
Applications have opened for the 2020 EvokeAg Future Young Leaders program. The program will identify eight emerging innovators within the agricultural sector who will be invited to attend the EvokeAg event held in Melbourne next year on February 19-20.

Horticulture scholarships open. 5/6/19.
BBM Youth Support has opened it’s 2019 call for scholarship applications, including those for horticulture. Successful applicants receive an $8,000 grant to pursue their scholarship goals overseas, which may include work experience, industry networking and training. Applications close 14 July.

Horticulture a FWO priority. 3/6/19.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has announced the regulator’s priorities for 2019/20, and horticulture and the harvest trail are on the list. Ombudsman Sandra Parker flagged a bigger role for compliance notices to address underpayments, breaches of awards and the National Employment Standards.


Breaking down barriers to purchase. 13/6/19.
Avocados From Mexico has developed an educational campaign to help importers, retailers and consumers overcome common barriers to purchase.

Value added avocado products boost market. 12/6/19.
The wide variety of value-added avocado products – from margarine to moisturising creams – have developed alongside the fresh market.

South Africa: smaller crop comes in. 12/6/19.
The current season is markedly different from last year when a massive crop strained resources and price levels. Quality is up this season as well, while volumes are down by as much as 40% in some areas.

Chile: water scarcity concerns raised. 6/6/19.
The Mayor of Petorca in Chile claims avocado plantations are threatening urban water supplies.

US: Hass Board promotes health. 3/6/19.
The Hass Avocado Board is promoting the health benefits of eating avocados daily through a partnership with fitness and wellness platform Livestrong.com in June.


Australia’s Avozilla season again sparked a flurry of news coverage; an Israeli man has robbed two banks with his weapon of choice, an avocado; the US is getting a pop-up avocado museum; there's now avo-themed merchandise at Disney; a Canadian developer is throwing in a free year of smashed avo with condo purchases; the king of Unnecessary Inventions has come up with Avocado on a Stick for easier smashed avo (it’s a joke product, not real).


Will we see you at Hort Connections?

Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas will be at Hort Connections 2019 in Melbourne from 24-26 June. This year, more than 3,250 local and international industry members throughout the horticulture supply chain will come together to listen to experts and discuss ‘Growing our Food Future’. Click here for the program.
Hort Innovation at Hort Connections
Sit down for a cuppa and a one-on-one chat with the people closest to the topics and investments you care about by booking a Brain Date with Hort Innovation research, marketing and trade staff. You can meet the panel and have a look at the schedule here then fill in the booking form to lock in your brain date! Also visit the Hort Innovation knowledge hub, plus learn how to access the Nielsen resources at home.


New date for Tristate Regional Forum

Due to scheduling conflicts for key speakers, a new date has been announced for the Tristate Regional Forum: 14 August 2019. 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). For more information, check our events calendar.



18 Jun – HARPS training, Melbourne V
19 Jun – HARPS training, Sydney NSW
20 Jun – HARPS training, Brisbane Q
24-26 Jun – Hort Connections, Melbourne V
31 Jul-2 Aug – Horticulture Conference, Waikato, New Zealand
14 Aug – Avocado Regional Forum, Tristate (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 

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.