Avocados Australia Guacamole 15 November 2019
In the orchard at Tropical Fruit World, Casuarina

Regional Forum crowd at Casuarina

At this week’s annual general meeting, directors Ian Tolson (Central New South Wales), Eric Carney (Central Queensland), Dudley Mitchell (Western Australia) and Jim Kochi (North Queensland) were re-elected to the Board unopposed. The AGM was held on the same day as the Tamborine/Northern Rivers Avocado Regional Forum. The event was moved at the last minute, due to the worsening fire conditions. The forum attracted 68 attendees, who all kept one ear to fire updates and one to a range of speakers including Dr Ken Pegg.

Avocado Regional Forum - Childers

Irrigation hot topic in Central Queensland

System efficiencies, new technologies and matching irrigation to avocado requirements will all be covered at the Childers Regional Forum on 27 November. The event, which as usual includes an orchard walk in the afternoon, will also be your chance to catch up on the latest industry developments, the new fruit management and handling project, and soil mapping for improved productivity and reduced sediment and nutrient loss. Click here for the full details. RSVP to Amanda by 22 November, on admin2@avocado.org.au or call 07 3846 6566.

Hort Innovation

Hort AGM approaching

One new Director will be appointed by voting members at the 2019 Hort Innovation Annual General Meeting in Sydney on 22 November, with a further two Board appointments also to be determined.

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Fires impacting across country

Avocados Australia understands at least one avocado grower has been directly impacted by the bush fires spread across New South Wales and Queensland. Read more from Landline.

Where to find latest fire information

Bushfire assistance

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RDC modernisation review

Avocados Australia is preparing a submission for the Australian Government’s review into modernising the research and development corporation system. For the avocado industry, the relevant RDC is Hort Innovation. Submissions close on 25 November, 2019. If you have any views you would like considered as part of this review, please contact Lisa Yorkston via 07 3846 6566 or co@avocado.org.au.

Australian Avocados

Avotherapy public relations continues

Australian dietician and nutritionist Lyndi Cohen, who supported the Australian Avocados Avotherapy event in Sydney, is encouraging consumers to regularly eat avocados. “While I don’t promote diets or any restrictive ways of eating, avocados have a health halo that make them one food on which we can all agree,” Lyndi says.This marketing activity is managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

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New global market reports available

Two new global market reports have just been dropped into the BPR Library, under the Export heading. The two new global market data analysis reports prepared by Fresh Intelligence Consulting (Avocado Producers & Market Suppliers 2019 and Avocado Import Markets 2019) provide up-to-date details on the world’s import markets and the international industry’s producers and exporters.

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Plastic packaging and avocado shelf life. 14/11/19.

Curtin University researchers have developed eco-friendly films that can prolong the shelf life of fruits such as avocados and peaches. Read more in Food Processing.

Victorian water market watch app

Stay up-to-date with the Victorian water market with the water market watch app. This app shows authoritative Victorian government water market data and will send you notifications directly from the Victorian Water Register. Click here for links to the app store.

Bee health survey

A short survey has been developed to find out how healthy Australian honey bees are, and what pests and diseases might be causing problems for beekeepers. The results from the survey will be used to compile industry statistics, and determine what help is needed to keep bees healthy. Beekeepers can click here to take the 10-12 minute survey. The survey closes on 31 December 2019.

Casting open for Farmer Wants A Wife. 6/11/19.

Well, it’s not our usual news brief but if you are a lonely, male avocado farmer (or you know one), the folks casting the next series of Farmer Wants A Wife would love (we know, we couldn’t resist) to hear from you. To apply, nominate or chat about the show email farmercasting@fremantle.com.

Telstra switching off 3G in 2024. 6/11/19.

Telstra area general manager Michael Marom said Telstra would switch off the network in June 2024 so it could reassign the spectrum to its 4G, 4GX and 5G services. Read more in The Land.

Deer plaguing Coffs Harbour. 5/11/19.

What started as a handful of deer being spotted 15 years ago has now exploded to a population that's into the thousands, with damage including smashing avocados and ring barking trees. Read more in Good Fruit & Veg.

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Mexico extends marketing to Canada. 14/11/19.

Avocados From Mexico is launching its very first television and print advertising campaign in Ontario this month, built around the campaign signature “Anytime is Avotime!”. Read more in FreshPlaza.

New Zealand avocado price drop. 13/11/19.

Domestic avocado prices in New Zealand are the lowest in almost three years, down to $7.50 a kilogram. Read more in RNZ.

Iceland plans to grow avos. 6/11/19.

Really. An Icelandic produce company plans to grow organic avocados in large greenhouses, along with papaya, mango and bananas. Read more in Fresh Plaza.

Chile: drought impacting on pollinators. 1/11/19.

Honey bees are responsible for pollinating many of Chile’s principal export crops, including avocados, but the ongoing drought is heavily impacting on bee numbers. Read more in the Daily Mail.

US: marketing made avo the favourite fruit. 30/10/19.

Avocado demand in the US is higher than it has ever been and a big part of this is down to the marketing campaigns that the Hass Avocado Board has carried out. HAB says consumption has grown from 1.6lbs in the 1990s to 7.1lb (3.22kg) today. Read more in Americafruit.

A summary of all the latest export news

New reports released

As mentioned above, two new international market reports have just been added to the Best Practice Resource Library, under the Export heading. The global trade in avocados reported by UN Comtrade in 2018 was 2.48 million tonnes worth AU$8.1 billion equivalent. Australia has a small but growing role in the international trade, which continues to be dominated by Mexico. Log into the BPR to read the full reports in the Library.

Colombia's first shipment to Japan. 11/11/19.
Colombia joins other suppliers such as Mexico and Peru in the Japanese market, which is growing constantly. Japan’s Hass avocado imports totalled 74,096 tonnes in 2018, an increase of 22% compared to the previous year. Read more in AsiaFruit.

South Africa chases Japanese market. 7/11/19.

South Africa is “optimistic” about gaining approval to export avocados to Japan, with Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, is now considering the final protocol. Read more in Eurofruit.

Mexico strengthens China ties. 6/11/19.

The governments of Mexico and the Chinese province of Henan have agreed to strengthen their commercial relationship, with the avocados from Jalisco expected to be the subject of the first agreement. Henan has more than 100 million residents. Read more in FreshPlaza.

E-commerce drives growth in China: Mexico. 4/11/19.

China is a market with a lot of potential for Mexican avocados despite the distance (exports take 20 to 30 days to arrive via boat), APEAM says, with the fruit performing especially well on e-commerce platforms. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.


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Check your diaries!


22 Nov – Hort Innovation AGM, Sydney NSW
27 Nov – Avocado Regional Forum, Childers, CQ


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.