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COVID-19: what’s new

  • Investing in staff helps guarantee a returning skilled workforce year-after-year, The Connect Group’s Michael Fryszer told last week’s ABARES conference, when talking about the company’s journey to pave the way for Pacific Island nation workers. Read Good Fruit & Vegetables.
  • On Pacific workers, state governments are being encouraged to sign up to allow pre-travel quarantine. Read more in Queensland Country Life.
  • South Australia has announced a regional quarantine centre for seasonal workers, read more.
  • NSW Farmers’ has released a five point plan to tackle labour shortages, ranging from lowering quarantine costs to increasing domestic incentives. Read more in Good Fruit & Vegetables.
  • Australia’s worker shortage making global news, read the New York Times.
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Australian quality “exceptional”

Quality of Australian grown fruit was exceptional in February, with 99% of Australian grown fruit meeting the acceptable standard (of less than 10% internal defects). Western Australia has topped the Australian growing regions for the May 2020 to Feb 2021 Hass season, with 93% of fruit meeting the acceptable standard. Check results for your region in the Hass variety report. Check out the retail quality reports in the BPR.

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Choosing, storing and eating avos

Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas is helping our consumers learn more about choosing, storing and eating avocados, in a popular online piece from ABC Everyday. The online channel also developed a video with Melbourne-based fruiterer and cook Thanh Truong on the same topic. The video has been viewed more than 1.3 million times on social media. Read the article and watch the video here.

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Avocado annual investment plan

Hort Innovation has released the Avocado Fund Investment Plan, detailing how levy funds will be spent over a 12-month period. Investment decisions are guided by industry Strategic Investment Plan and prioritised based on potential industry impact, as well as availability of levy funds. Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas said industry had input into that plan via the Strategic Investment Advisory Panels (SIAP). Note that some of the investments listed as current are now completed. Download the Annual Investment Plan here.

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Avocados and MAFS

It was an opportunity too good to miss, when Married at First Sight star Beck Zemek used the classic line “you’re not an avocado, not everyone likes you” when talking to another participant in an episode first aired on Wednesday night. Australian Avocados immediately took the opportunity to be involved in the conversation, commenting on the quote on the MAFS social media, and developing a meme. You can check it out on the marketing blog here. The industry’s marketing activity is helping Aussie consumers connect with (and eat!) Australian avocados. This marketing activity is managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

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Delivering high quality avocados a top priority

Delivering high quality avocados remains a top priority throughout the avocado supply chain. Currently there is fruit in the market that is 5+ weeks old and we understand that as fruit age increases, so does the risk of rots and internal disorders in ripened fruit. Growers, please make sure you are grading accurately, following best practice and communicating well with your supply chain partners. Wholesalers and marketers, please make sure you are feeding back information on quality and market conditions to your growers regularly. With impending increases in production, we need to ensure we are offering the best eating experience for consumers to drive demand. You can find more information on how to manage and prevent stem-end rot and spotting bug damage in the BPR.

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.

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Farmsafe Australia launches a new strategic direction. 17/3/2021

Farmsafe Australia has released its National Farm Safety Education Fund Strategy, aimed at significantly reducing injuries and fatalities in agriculture by 2030. Read more at Farmsafe.

Australians have a desire for local produce: Woolworths. 16/3/2021

Australian consumers are placing importance on buying locally grown fruit and vegetables more than ever before, according to one of Australia's leading supermarkets. Read more in FreshPlaza.

Metcash supermarket and food sales growth. 16/3/2021

According to a trading update released to the market on Tuesday, Metcash’s supermarket sales rose 14.4% compared to the prior corresponding period, while total food sales rose 4.1%. Read more in insideFMCG.

WA: Woolworths expands cashierless shopping. 15/3/2021

Woolworth’s Scan&Go technology has made the jump to Western Australia, bringing shoppers at its new Inglewood store the ability to scan products on their smartphone while shopping, pay via the Woolies app and skip the checkout. Read more in insideFMCG.

South Australia: fruit fly eradication update. 12/3/2021

Primary Industries Minister David Basham said while the contaminated fruit thought to have caused the outbreak had come from interstate, seasonal conditions had exacerbated SA’s worst fruit fly outbreak in history. Read more in the Stock Journal. Two new outbreaks have been declared this week, at Berri and Pike River. Read more from PIRSA and the ABC.

Woolworth’s upgrades South Australia DC. 11/13/2021

Woolworths has expanded its operations in South Australia, unveiling its $57 million upgrade to the region’s distribution centre. It can now sort and distribute additional volumes, house an expanded range of products, and allow more frequent deliveries to stores. Read more from insideFMCG.

AUSVEG CEO James Whiteside resigns. 10/3/2021

AUSVEG has announced that James Whiteside has resigned from his position as Chief Executive Officer, effective from 1 July 2021, to pursue other interests. Read more.

Queensland ChemClear collection dates set

Dispose of your unwanted or obsolete agvet chemicals in one easy collection. The next Queensland ChemClear will be held in July/August but collections need to be registered by 13 June. Click here for registration, or call Colin Hoey on 0428 964 576 for more information.

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EU expecting smooth avocado sales. 16/3/2021

Current demand for avocados in the EU is expected to be maintained, as more supply comes on line from Kenya, Peru and Colombia. Read more in FreshPlaza.

First Californian avocados bound for China. 16/3/2021

Hass avocado producer and distributor Mission Produce, with its partner Mr. Avocado, an avocado brand from China, it has sent its first shipment of avocados to China from California this week. Read more in FreshPlaza.

Avocados from Mexico named in Top 50 innovation list. 10/3/2021

Not only has Avocados From Mexico been named to Fast Company's prestigious annual list of the World's Most Innovative Companies for 2021, but it also has been recognized as the No. 1 innovator in the Branding category. Read more in The Produce News. And AFM recently launched its Avocado Nation, read more from FreshPlaza and in The Packer.

Peru: Agrarian law one of 2021’s challenges. 10/3/2020

The Peruvian avocado market faces various challenges this year, including the Agrarian Promotion Law which has discouraged agricultural investment. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.

Spanish avocado marketing campaign. 10/3/2021

Trops has just announced the launch of a campaign to promote avocado consumption in the Spanish market under the slogan “TROPS Avocado, the best avocado in the history of avocados”. Read more in FreshPlaza.

US: super shoppers grow category. 9/3/2021

A recent study by the Hass Avocado Board (HAB), revealed that purchases of avocados have increased substantially over a four-year period (2016-2019), with growth coming from a growing segment of “super” avocado shoppers. Read more in Supermarket Perimeter.

China expands Colombian importer list. 8/3/2021

China has expanded the list of authorised producers and processors of Colombian Hass avocados, adding eight new growers that are allowed to export this product to China in 2021. Read more in FreshPlaza.

NZ: export results encouraging. 4/3/2021

Results for Just Avocados’ export ‘pool 1’ for the 2020/21 season have been announced with an average orchard gate return across premium sizes of $27.27 per tray. The results are very positive after a challenging year, says Just Avocados’ general manager of sales and marketing Jacob Darling. Read more in Coast & Country News.

Your round up of export news that matters

Special IFAM avocado briefing in April

Avocados Australia has arranged a special briefing from the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) team for Australian avocado industry members. This briefing is at 12.30pm (AEST) on Monday, 12 April. If you would like to attend, please contact Avocados Australia Export Coordinator Joy Tang via for details of how to attend online or via phone. If you have specific questions, these can emailed to the IFAM team in advance.

IFAM extended to September 2021

The International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) has been extended, to keep global air links open during the ongoing pandemic. Extending IFAM to the end of September maintains global air connections and protects hard-fought market share. Visit the IFAM webpage for IFAM updates and flights schedules, and read the Prime Minister’s release here.

Latest export/import report in the BPR

For the seven months to January 2021, exports of avocados were 996 tonnes worth A$9.54m and 65% per cent lower than last year. However, unit values were 70% higher at A$9.58 and has meant the overall value decreased by 40% for the first half of the 2020/21 year. Imports in the same period were 72% above the same period last year, with the majority of imports from New Zealand and a smaller amount from Chile. You can read the monthly reports under Export in the BPR Library.

Australia’s export legislation is changing. 16/3/2021

Australia is getting a new legislative framework for agricultural exports on 28 March 2021. Together, the Export Control Act 2020 and Export Control Rules 2021 streamline existing export requirements that were previously across 20 Acts and 40 pieces of legislation. Read more in FreshPlaza.

New process for re-export consignments. 12/3/2021

The Australian Government certificate templates have been updated and the process to obtain a phytosanitary certificate for re-export and manual government certificate templates will change on 28 March 2021 for the commencement of the Export Control Act 2020 (the Act). Read more from DAWE.

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Save the date - special CQ drought forum - April 15, Isis Central

Date claimer: CQ drought irrigation workshop

Given the low level of water in Paradise Dam, and concerns around allocations in the next financial year, Avocados Australia is arranging a special forum for Central Queensland growers on 15 April. This session, at Isis Central, will include expert speakers discussing how to manage avocados with less water to enable growers to make decisions based on their situation. More details will be available soon. For more information, email


Special avocado event at Hort Connections

Avocados Australia will host a special avocado shoulder event at Hort Connections, on Monday, 7 June. More details will be released soon, for this supply chain-focused event. For more information, email


Northern Australia Food Futures Conference

Avocados Australia members will receive a 10% discount if they want to attend the 2021 Food Futures Conference. The event will be held 17-20 May in Darwin. You can find the full program on the conference website.


Save the dates: Central NSW and Tristate

The AV17005 project team has set the dates for the next two avocado regional forums. These will be held in Central New South Wales on 21 April and in the Tristate on 5 May. More details will be released soon.



9-12 Mar – FOODEX, Makuhari Messe, Japan

15-16 Mar – Food Agility Summit 2021, virtual event
24 Mar – Avocados Australia Member Breakfast, Crows Nest Q

24 Mar – SQ Avocado Regional Forum, Crows Nest Q

15 April – Special CQ avocado drought forum, Isis Central Q

21 Apr – Avocado Regional Forum, Central NSW

5 May – Avocado Regional Forum, Tristate

7-9 Jun – Hort Connections, Brisbane Q

4-5 Aug – Fruit Growers Victoria Conference, Shepparton & Ardmona V

18 Aug – Fresh Produce Safety Conference, Sydney

27 Spt – Asiafruit Congress, Hong Kong

28-30 Spt – Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong



13-16 Feb – Australasian Plant Breeding Conference, Gold Coast Q
15-16 Feb – evoke AG, Perth, WA

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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.