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Avocados Australia Guacamole 11 January 2019

Welcome to the first edition of the Guacamole newsletter for 2019! Get all the latest avocado industry news at your fingertips every fortnight.

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2019 and the avocado industry

In 2019, the Australian avocado industry will continue its focus on providing consistently high-quality product to domestic and international consumers. Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas says the New Year will bring new opportunities for the industry. “We’ve seen a steady increase in production as new plantings come on line, and the industry will be working to ensure we continue to grow all our markets as this upward production trend continues,” he said.


Don't eat the seed

In the last week, we’ve seen the publication of recipes using the avocado seed. There is research about the value of the nutrients in the seed but also research that there are elements in the seed that are not intended for human consumption. We recommend you do not consume the avocado seed in any way until there is clear research indicating it’s safe to do so.


Giving consumers confidence

Australian Avocados recipes on Myfoodbook have been seen 255,000+ times since November 2017. The most popular recipe is the Avocado and Salmon Poke Bowl, viewed by 35,000 people. These figures all show that consumers are loving avocado content! The industry's marketing is managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

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Potential impact of imports from Chile and Peru

The final report for Potential Impact of Chilean and Peruvian Avocado Imports for the Australian Avocado Industry (AV17004) is now available in the R&D Reports section of the Best Practice Resource Library. Importantly, this report includes recommendations for the industry to mitigate any potential impacts.

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/.


Costa share price drops. 11/1/19.
Subdued demand for tomatoes, berries and avocados, delays in mushroom infrastructure and additional costs in Morocco have reduced Costa’s half-year forecast and impacted the company’s share price.

AgriFutures Horizon scholarship
This scholarship supports students enrolled in full time study at an Australian university by providing a bursary of $5000 per year for the final two years of your degree, professional development workshops, work placements, and networking opportunities. Eligible applicants must be Australian residents in the last two years of an ag-related undergraduate degree. Applications close 1 March 2019.

Chain of Responsibility – free course
Due to the significant expansion of Chain of Responsibility provisions within the Heavy Vehicle National Law and the associated Master Code, Agsafe has prepared a short online course as an introduction to the new Master Code. Companies that operate, load, drive, send or receive goods using a heavy vehicle, need to make certain all reasonably practicable steps are taken to ensure vehicles are properly loaded and goods secured.

Northern Tasmania declared fruit fly free. 9/1/19.
The region has been reinstated as a Pest Free Area. No fruit flies have been detected in Northern Tasmania in the past six months, and movement restrictions have been lifted.

South Australia cracks down. 4/1/19.
South Australia has declared a zero tolerance approach for people bringing undeclared fruit into the state. This comes after December’s detection of fruit fly in the Riverland. The suspension zone for the Queensland fruit fly outbreak in Loxton will be lifted on 25 March, 2019, if there aren’t any further detections.

Permit extension for Ectropis looper control
The AVPMA has extended the PER14597 permit for the control of Ecrtropis looper in New South Wales and Queensland until 31 March 2022. The permit had been due to expire next year. Click here to view the permit.


Peruvian export values up 23%. 9/1/19.
Peruvian avocado exports rose in value by 23% to US$720 million year-on-year from January through November 2018, making it the eighth-largest shipped fruit over the period.

Costa Rica and Mexico’s dispute heating up. 7/1/19.
The first case against Costa Rica at the World Trade Organization has taken new momentum with the creation of a special investigative group to scrutinise the country’s restrictions on Mexican avocado imports. Mexico apparently contends Costa Rica has erected a non-tariff barrier to protect domestic production.

UK nutritionists recommend avocados. 6/1/19.
Eating avocados could help you to live longer, dietitian Juliette Kellow and nutritionist Dr Sarah Brewer say. Avos could lower your cholesterol, and even boost prostate health. Everyone should aim to eat two avocados every week, they say.

World avocado acreage up 4% per year. 4/1/19.
A new report from Chile says the area cultivated to avocado has had a 4% annual growth rate during the past 10 years.

US$53 million in avo sales. 3/1/19.
According to the Hass Avocado Board’s (HAB) Q3 2018 report, Fourth of July sales continued to grow, reaching a four-year high in 2018 of nearly US$53 million in sales and 50 million in units.

Mexico’s exports to China up. 23/12/18.
Mexican avocado shipments to China are up by 2% at 4,500MT. APEAM says the industry is trying to increase its market share there and recently launched a digital campaign in social media, including potentially working with competitors Chile and Peru to promote avocado consumption.

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6-8 Feb – Fruit Logistica Berlin 
5-8 Mar – Foodex Japan 2019, Makuhari Messe, Chiba
5-6 Jun – Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative R&D Symposium, Brisbane Q
24-26 Jun – Hort Connections, Melbourne VIC
3 Spt – Asiafruit Congress, Hong Kong 
4-6 Spt – Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong
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.