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Avocados Australia Guacamole 17 August 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the Guacamole newsletter. Get all the latest avocado industry news at your fingertips every fortnight!


Readycado prototype on show

A new 'Avocado Firmness Decision Aid Tool’ nicknamed the ‘Readycado’, is on display at this year's Brisbane Royal Show (the Ekka). Speaking at the Ekka, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner says research shows we are loving our avocados to death by frequently squeezing the fruit too hard. This is something the prototype tool could help overcome, if it is commercialised in the coming years.


25 years of the smashed avo

The Hort Innovation marketing driven promotion of 25 years of the smashed avo certainly garnered some positive media attention in the last fortnight. The story with Bill Granger and specially developed infographic featured in a 50+ rural and mainstream media outlets (reaching more than three million people) including here in Good Fruit & Vegetables.


New recipes on the way

Following on from the success of Bill Granger’s new avocado recipe, the marketing team is planning to pitch three new recipes shortly. 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.


Closing soon: free Avocado Directory listings

There’s only a few weeks left to take advantage of our special offer to list your avocado industry business or service in our Avocado Directory for free. The Directory is an online service, helping to connect customers and businesses across the country. If you list before 1 September 2018, you will receive a full year of free exposure to the Australian avocado industry, via the Avocado Directory. This represents a saving of $200 (+GST) for your business! Click here to apply or email Amanda on admin2@avocado.org.au to renew.

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Avocado nutrition review

A paper reviewing avocado nutrition can now be found in the Australian Agronomy section of the BPR Library. This review paper, by Simon Newett, Peter Rigden and Bridie Carr from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, includes results of a nutrition survey amongst Australian growers, a discussion by a number of agronomists of the results, information on recent nutrition research from around the world, typical practices from overseas and suggestions for future research.

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/.


Western Australian smashing avo retail. 17/8/18.
WA is wholesaling up to $77 million more avocados a year than two years ago, according to an industry report unveiled at this week’s WA Horticulture Updates.

Labour hire provider loses license to operate. 7/8/18.

A labour hire provider operating in the Lockyer Valley region has had its labour hire license cancelled – Queensland’s first cancellation; this was applauded by Growcom.

Ripe & Ready Australian avocados. 6/8/18.

The Australian avocado industry has conducted a multi-year project to introduce ripe Australian avocados to retail shelves, in Malaysia and Singapore.

Overtime arrangements for seasonal workers. 5/8/18.

A spokesman for Workplace Minister Craig Laundy said Fair Work was still considering applying overtime arrangements for casuals but the Fair Work Commission has since released an interim decision. The Voice of Horticulture is working on a response.


China: avocado becoming mainstream. 13/8/18.

Camposol has teamed up with Dole China to launch a wide-reaching promotion of Peruvian Hass avocados in the People’s Republic.

Monsanto plans to appeal glyphosate decision. 11/8/18.

A California jury last week ruled Monsanto was liable for a terminally ill man’s cancer, awarding him US$289 million in damages. Germany-based Bayer, which acquired Monsanto in June for US$66 billion, has dismissed claims glyphosate is carcinogenic and says it intends to appeal the verdict.

India: avocado imports jump 70%. 10/8/18.

Imports of avocados to India increased 70% year-on-year. According to Peru, they now hold 10.8% of the growing Indian market.

Mexican avocado production value increases. 9/8/18.

Converting from traditional crops to avocados has increased production of the fruit by 325% in Jalisco in the past five years. And Mexico is expecting a 5% export increase for the 2018-19 campaign.

Bumper New Zealand crop possible in 2019/20. 8/8/18.

AVOCO is predicting a strong fruit set this spring, and the potential for a bumper 2019/20 crop. Also, nurseries have increased production.

Korea: avocado imports booming. 8/8/18.

According to the Korea Customs Service, avocado imports reached 7,136 tons in the first half of 2018, compared to 5,979t in 2017 and just 722t in 2013.

Kenya back in South African market. 2/8/18.

South Africa has lifted a 10-year ban on Kenyan avocados, with growers in the East African country now eyeing a “sizeable” share of the import market. Kenya is also now Africa’s biggest avocado exporter.

Avos in song, and thieves’ hands

An American folk/pop artist has a new song out – Avocado Toast, celebrating all things west coast; London’s Avobar goes from pop-up to permanent while Amsterdam’s The Avocado Show is using 10,000 avos a week; avocado thieves have hit orchards in New Zealand and Greece, making international news.


HARPS training dates set

The first of a series of dates for HARPS training courses have been set, for Queensland (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/.


Asia Fruit Logistica

Avocados Australia will be represented at the Australian avocado industry at Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong in September. Avocados are among the fresh produce featured under Hort Innovation’s Taste Australia banner at the international event. The event is Asia’s largest horticultural trade show, drawing 11,000 attendees from 74 countries last year. 

Are you exporting to Asia?
Avocados Australia is compiling a listing of current avocado exporters, to have on hand at Asia Fruit Logistica. If you would like your company to be considered for inclusion, please email co@avocado.org.au with contact details and a 50 word introduction to your business by 20 August 2018.




29-31 Aug – New Zealand Avocado Conference, Tauranga

3 Sept – HARPS training course, Stanthorpe, Q

4 Sept – HARPS training course, Brisbane Markets, Q
4 Sept – Asiafruit Congress, Hong Kong

5 Sept – HARPS training course, Bundaberg, Q 
5-7 Sept – Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong
8 Spt – Blackbutt Avocado Festival, Blackbutt, Q

18-20 Spt – Nuffield Australia National Conference, Sydney, NSW 
26 Spt – Fresh Produce Safety Conference, Sydney
18-20 Oct – PMA Fresh Summit, Florida, USA
2 Nov - Avocados Australia AGM, Brisbane, Q
9-12 - 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 
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.