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Avocados Australia Guacamole 20 July 2018

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


First Australian avozilla harvest

The Groves family of Central Queensland have been harvesting Avozillas from their Central Queensland operation for three weeks. David Groves says the taste is very buttery — the first box ticked when the family considered buying into the variety. The family found themselves pursued by national and international media to talk about the giant avos. Click for more: ABC Rural, Sunrise, Buzzfeed.


Retail displays reduce squeezing

A new initiative to stop shoppers squeezing avocados has resulted in a halving of bruised fruit and higher sales. To improve quality and ensure customer satisfaction, other ways consumers can determine whether avocados are ripe at the point of sale have been explored. Click here to listen to John Baker on the Queensland Country Hour this week or click the link below to read. The retail resources can be found via our website (top right).


Thai market applications open

If you are interested in exporting avocados to Thailand under the current protocol conditions, the Australian Government has opened applications. These applications, for fruit from fruit fly pest free areas, must be received by Avocados Australia by 27 July, 2018. Please contact our Export Coordinator Joy Tang on export@avocado.org.au for the necessary documentation.


Smash an Avo!

The new Australian Avocado television campaign reached 40% of its target audience during the commercial’s four week run in April/May. The goal was to have grocery buyers aged 25-54 see the ad at least two times, with the goal achieved in all metro and regional markets. The 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.

Hort Innovation

Hort Frontiers survey open

Hort Innovation wants your thoughts on the Hort Frontiers investment priorities and themes. Hort Frontiers invests funds from both the broader research and supply chain, and levy funds alongside the commonwealth dollar. Use the link below to access the stakeholder consultation paper and the feedback survey. Submissions close at 5pm on Friday, 27 July.


Download the checklist you need today!

Have you seen the new quality checklists to help ensure your supply chain is working as it should? You can download each section individually from the BPR! The checklists (pre-harvest, harvest, packhouse, transport, ripening/wholesaler, distribution centre) are part of a suite of new best practice resources produced by AHR and now available in the BPR. The aim of the supply chain-focused material is to increase awareness of the post-harvest factors affecting avocado quality, and ensure the supply of consistent, high-quality fruit to consumers. If you are already signed in, click here to access the resources or you can sign in and then find the new resources at the top of the BPR Library’s Education Materials section.

The BPR is our free online one-stop-shop to support best practice throughout the Australian avocado supply chains. You can log in (or request access!) via www.avocado.org.au/best-practice-resource/.


Queensland program supporting export capacity

The Growing Queensland's Food Exports pilot program encourages sustainable economic development in regional communities by supporting food producers to build their export capability. Round two is open, with concept proposals due by 1 August. The program will provide matched funding of up to $100,000 (minimum of $50,000) over two years per eligible project.

Avocado gelato in Perth. 17/7/18.

A dessert restaurant in Perth has added a vegan avocado gelato to the menu, for July only.

New Zealand: fears for Australian market. 12/7/18.

There are fears from New Zealand that the country’s industry could take a hit if Mexico and Chile receive Australian market access.


Avocado getting cheaper in China. 15/7/18.

Avocados used to be an exotic fruit that came with a high price tag in China, but no more, thanks to rising trade with Latin America.

Peru aims for Malaysian access. 13/7/18.

Malaysia specialists have been in Peru recently, to discuss access for fresh fruit including avocado. The mission is part of Malaysia’s pest risk analysis. The export value of avocados from Peru rose 22% to US$284 million between January-May 2018.

Europe: avocado oversupply will last until August. 12/7/18.

“There is currently a temporary oversupply of avocados, mostly due to the excess volume coming from South Africa and Peru,” says Spanish marketer.

Avocado ripeness meter developed. 10/7/18

An Avocado Quality Meter to gauge the ripeness of avocados, using a spectrometer, has been developed.

NZ: Seeka looking for avocado buyer. 10/7/18.

Seeka has put nine properties on the market, including avocados. The properties are to be sold to somebody who will supply the produce back to Seeka by contract. Meanwhile, NZ avocado prices have dropped for the first time in 2018.


Philippines wants Mexican avocados. 9/7/18.

The Philippines government is interested in importing Mexican food products, such as avocado and tequila.

Kenyan farmers move from coffee to avocado. 6/7/18.

Climatic changes and better prices are prompting a change in Kenya.


WA horticulture update

The Western Australian Horticulture Update, 2018 will take place on 16-17 August, at the Crown Convention Centre, Perth. The focus this year is on the future trends affecting the WA horticulture industry, including the changing retail landscape and how shifts in consumer decision making is impacting growers and agribusinesses. Click here for the agenda.


HARPS Training and HACCP Refresher course

The HARPS project team has finalised details of a HARPS training course. The 1-day, face-to-face course will cover general requirements, food safety and quality, legal requirements, hazards in the produce industry and HARPS elements in practice. In addition, the course will include Food Safety Risk assessment and the HACCP process, which will qualify as ‘HACCP refresher training’ as stipulated under Section 5.2. The course will also cover updates that are due to be released in the HARPS Standard Version 1.1. The course is $730 (GST exempt), with a maximum of 15 attendees per session. Course delivery starts in August. Please contact the HARPS team on 1300 852 219 or harps@harpsonline.com.au with your interest, and details of when would be a suitable timeframe for your region.


Asia Fruit Logistica

Avocados Australia’s Export Coordinator, Joy Tang, will be representing 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. “We know we need to develop our export markets in Asia with the increased production coming on line, so participation in this trade show is very important," Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas said.

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 Export Coordinator Joy Tang on export@avocado.org.au with contact details and a 50 word introduction to your business by 20 August 2018.



23-25 Jul – New Zealand Horticulture Conference, Christchurch
29-31 Aug – New Zealand Avocado Conference, Tauranga
4 Sept – Asiafruit Congress, Hong Kong 
5-7 Sept – Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong
8 Spt – Blackbutt Avocado Festival, Blackbutt, Q
26 Spt – Fresh Produce Safety Conference, Sydney
18-20 Oct – PMA Fresh Summit, Florida, USA
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.