Avocados Australia Guacamole 17 May 2019

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Australian production booming

Avocado production in Australia in the 12 months from April 2019 to March 2020 could reach 95,000 tonnes. Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas says this equates to a 9% production increase, off the back of increased plantings in every growing region. He says the industry is responding to the increased production with strong domestic marketing, and increased attention to Australia’s existing and potential export markets.

Kym Thiel - Board Member

Tristate looking to production rebound

Hass avocado production in the Tristate area could be double that of last year, when it begins harvesting in August. Avocados Australia director Kym Thiel says while the region is coming off a low base last year, production should still be well up in the region. “It’s probably 30-40% up on average, but the double is coming of a really low base, which was a result of heat the year before and the trees are just rebounding.”


Have you booked your place?

If you’re keen to attend the Australian industry’s World Avocado Congress pre-tour of Californian growing areas from 17-19 September, you can now secure your spot. Avocados Australia and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries have joined forces with Pulse Travel to develop a cost-effective package for participants. Indicative prices covering accommodation, most meals and ground travel during the California tour (based on 25 participants and a 0.63c exchange rate) are: twin share AU$1335, and single AU$1625. Interested parties need to pay a $1,000 deposit with Pulse before 31 May to book their spot. Contact Pulse on 07 3004 6666 or groups@pulsetravel.com.au.

Japan export season applications open

Japan export applications open

Applications to export avocados to Japan for the 2019 season have been opened by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR). If you are in a recognised Queensland fruit fly free area, and interested in exporting, contact Export Coordinator Joy Tang at export@avocado.org.au or call 07 3846 6566. Applications must be sent to Joy by 7 June.

Australian Avocados

Hass is back

Keep an eye out on the Australian Avocados social media, including Facebook and Instagram, as the marketing team talks to our consumers about the return of Hass. The industry's marketing is managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

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Latest avocado retail data

Nielsen has released a new round of Homescan data for the Australian avocado industry. The new data, for the 12 months to 23 March 2019, show a 7.3% sales growth nationally, and jump in the number of buying households from 68% to 73%.

Hort Innovation

Feedback needed: Hort Innovation

Hort Innovation has released the draft strategic themes that will inform the organisation's new Strategic Plan. If you have ideas or insights to add, feedback needs to be received by 14 June.

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What's new in the Best Practice Resource?
Best Practice Resource

Can't remember your BPR password?

We’ve made it easy to re-set your password to the BPR, so you can access all the great resources collated for the Australian avocado industry. Simply go to the log in page and click Lost/Change Password. You will be emailed a reset link, and you can then choose your own password. Alternatively, if you are already logged in, you will now find a “change password” link under the “logout” tab on the top right.
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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Coles adding avocado toast. 13/5/19.

The Aussie breakfast favourite has become so popular Coles is rolling it out among 75 new products in an aggressive ‘convenience’ strategy of ready-to-eat meals intended to be bought and consumed on the run.

Fruit fly resistance concerns. 9/9/19.

New research has found that fruit flies in temperate parts of Australia are becoming resistant to common insecticides.

Australian product launched internationally. 7/5/19.

A range of avocado products that stave off browning for ten days were launched at this month’s Hofex tradeshow in Hong Kong.

National farm workforce survey: NFF

We all know that labour is a significant cost component in agriculture, and particularly for avocado growers, but we need to better understand how labour is used. Please complete this survey which will provide the National Farmers' Federation with a greater understanding of workforce requirements on Australian farms. It should take you about 15-20 minutes to complete.

Central Queensland: extreme weather survey

CQ fruit growers are being asked to complete a 20 minute survey on the business impacts of extreme weather events, from a researcher at Central Queensland University. This project explores how tropical fruit farming systems can be better supported to adapt to events such as cyclones, floods and heatwaves. For more information, contact Sabrina Haque (student) on 07 4930 9247 or 0470 265 416 or s.haque@cqu.edu.au or Dr Delwar Akbar (principal supervisor) via d.akbar@cqu.edu.au.

Nuffield Scholarship applications closing soon

Applications for the 2020 Nuffield Scholarship program close on 14 June. Each of the 25 scholarships on offer are valued at $30,000.


NZ: another fruit fly found in Auckland. 13/5/19.

Within the current Northcote controlled area, another Queensland fruit fly has been found, bringing the total to eight over the past three and a half months.

New packaging measures ripeness of tropical fruits. 13/5/19.

It works thanks to a very sensitive and selective sensorized RFID tag integrated in the packaging, which can detect certain dielectric variations in the fruit pulp associated with ripeness, such as turgidity, acidity and water and sugar content.

Europe: increasing avocado production. 10/5/19.

Spain is likely to face rising competition from other European avocado suppliers in the coming years, including Portugal, Greece and Italy.

Mexico: high demand and higher prices. 9/5/19.

Prices have skyrocketed since April, rising by more than 30% compared to the same date last year, as reported by the Federal Consumer Prosecutor.

US: research finds avocados suppress hunger. 8/5/19.

A new study suggests meals that include fresh avocado as a substitute for refined carbohydrates can significantly suppress hunger and increase meal satisfaction in overweight and obese adults.

Chinese avocado market hurdles. 8/5/19.

A Chinese importer says a drop in avocado prices is positive for consumers, who are still mostly unfamiliar with the fruit.

NZ: retail prices reach $10/avo. 7/5/19.

The price of avocados has been creeping up over the past few months, but the cost appears to have now reached an all-time high - at $10 each at one Auckland greengrocer. The high prices are due to seasonality.


Save the dates: WA and Tristate

Two Regional Forums will be held in Western Australia next month, one in the Manjimup/Pemberton area on 4 June and one in the Perth area on 6 June. A Regional Forum will also be held in the Tristate on 19 June. More details soon!
In the meantime, you can check out photographs from this week's Central New South Wales event in our Facebook album



4 Jun – Avocado Regional Forum (1), WA (QDAF, Avocados Australia, DPIRD)

6 Jun – Avocado Regional Forum (2), WA (QDAF, Avocados Australia, DPIRD)

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