Avocados Australia Guacamole 18 April 2019

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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Sign up now for Australian industry tour!

The Australian industry’s World Avocado Congress pre-tour of Californian growing areas will run from 17-19 September. Costs for the tour are currently being finalised. Accommodation, meals and ground travel during the California tour are being organised as part of the tour package. Participants will be required to arrange their own flights (landing in Los Angeles on 16 September for an early start the next day). The tour includes visits to Gem avocado plantings, high density plantings, the largest packing house in the world, rootstock and variety collections. Keep an eye on our calendar and to register your interest, please email Amanda at admin2@avocado.org.au.

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World Avocado Congress

Organisers of the World Avocado Congress in Colombia are keen to finalise their pre and post conference tour plans. They need international delegates to register their interest in the available tours taking place around the main conference, which is 24-26 September. We recommend opening the conference website (https://worldavocadocongress.co/avotours/) in a Chrome browser, as this has a built in translation service. (Look for the translation icon at the end of the address bar if this is not automatic).


First extension event for Central NSW

Avocados Australia and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) invite all growers and interested stakeholders to the Central NSW Avocado Regional Forum on 15 May to hear the latest industry updates and to explore soil health in avocado production. This event, at the Stuarts Point Community Hall, is the first Regional Forum as part of the new Hort Innovation Avocado Fund extension project. Events are being planned across the country and we’ll provide regular updates in the Guacamole. All industry members are welcome to attend any event.

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#SmashAnAvo back on screens

The Smash and Avo television ads are currently back on television as part of an eight-week run in select major metro and regional markets. The aim is to reach an audience of more than four million. The advertisement is running during popular news, drama and reality shows across Seven, Nine and Ten. The industry's marketing is managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

What's new in the Best Practice Resource?
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Report from South African industry visit

In 2018, a group of Australian industry members travelled to South Africa for the Avocado Brainstorming 2018 Conference. A very comprehensive report from this event can now be found in the Event Proceedings section of the BPR Library. It provides information and learnings from the presentations, discussions and tours.
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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Single Touch payroll extended to small employers

Single Touch Payroll (STP) is a new way of reporting tax and super information to the Australian Tax Office. The requirement first came into effect 1 July 2018 for employers with over 20 employees, and has now been extended to all employers starting 1 July 2019.

Information on the Horticulture Award changes. 15/4/19.

AUSVEG has detailed the changes to overtime for casuals, including example PACT calculations for use by horticulture employers.

Still time to apply for Churchill Fellowship
Applications close 30 April for the Churchill Fellowship opportunities, including those offered via funding from Hort Innovation. The aim of the fellowship is to encourage innovation and transformation though the provision of a full paid Churchill Scholarship (valued at up to $30,000) via international travel and research investigation.

Hort Innovation consultation closing
Online feedback is still welcome as part of the development of Hort Innovation’s new strategic plan. Click here to read more. Submissions close on 30 April.


Asian grocery up 6% to 2023. 15/4/19.

Over the next five years, Asia is expected to increase its grocery market by a 6% compounded annual growth rate (CAGR), with China, India and Indonesia slated to be the biggest contributors.

Ugandan avocados looking for opportunities. 15/4/19.

Uganda is on the hunt for new international markets for its growing avocado production, but it’s being hampered by quarantine restrictions.

UK scientists working on “sniff technology”. 12/4/19.

A team of UK scientists are working to invent a type of portable sniffing device that can detect whether avocados are rotten without breaking the skin and damaging the fruit.

US: ad campaign targets “super users”. 11/4/19.

After being exposed to the promotions, brand awareness increased, with 93% of consumers saying they’d recommend California avocados.


Avocado carving got a boost on Instagram recently, with the platform posting a video that attracted more than 25 million views and an image viewed more than one million times; there’s a lolly form of avocado on toast in the UK; Avocado Toast is now a paint colour; and Oprah owns her own avocado orchard.



8 May – HARPS training, Perth WA new date!
15 May – Avocado Regional Forum, CNSW (QDAF)
18 June – HARPS training, Melbourne V
19 June – HARPS training, Sydney NSW
20 June – 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.