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Avocados Australia Guacamole 22 January 2021
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COVID-19: what’s new

  • Tasmania and Victoria have come to an agreement to allow an initial 1,500 workers from the Pacific Islands into the country. Under the agreement, workers will quarantine in Tasmania while Victoria will help meet Tasmania’s commitment to bringing Australians home. There will be industry contributions to the scheme. Read more.
  • Vanuatu has offered its national airline to transport workers into Australia. Read more in North Queensland Register.
  • There continue to be stories of how the pay for horticulture work isn’t matching up to the early hype, especially for inexperienced pickers on piece rates. Read more from the ABC. When employing those new to the industry this season, consider managing expectations by explaining they will need time to learn the task.
Jim Kochi - Board Member

NQ picking faces labour shortage

As expected, labour shortages will impact on this year’s North Queensland harvest, Avocados Australia Chair Jim Kochi told ABC Rural this week. Mareeba, Dimbulah and Atherton areas are predicting a record crop, but the labour shortage could lead to waste.

Image: Ben Neale, Unsplash

Import stats added to monthly reports

Avocados Australia provides a monthly export report in the BPR Library; this report has now been expanded to also provide details of imports. The most recent report (for November 2020), documented a highly priced domestic market that lacked volume, with exports of less than 100 tonnes. However, import volumes for November 2020 were 4,284 tonnes mostly from New Zealand as the Chilean avocados were only starting to arrive. As there have been no shipments from Chile since 20 December, 2020, it appears the Chilean export season to Australia has all but ended.

Young avocado trees, ready to be planted

HARPS consultation extended

Now closing 31 January, 2021. Public consultation is now open on the proposed HARPS Standard Version 2.0 due for release this year. Avocados Australia is preparing a submission on behalf of members, highlighting the need for a practical and efficient approach. A summary of proposed changes is available, here. We recommend industry read the proposed updates provide feedback by completing the comments form.

Avocados on the tree

Consumers spending more on avocados

The latest data from Nielsen’s Harvest to Home dashboard for avocados, shows that in the 52 weeks to 29 November 2020, our avocado households were spending more on avocados, compared to the previous year. However, the data also shows a slight decrease in the number of households purchasing avocados, down to 73% from 76%. This period, however, includes the entirety of the COVID-19 pandemic, and associated impacts on the economy and society.

Australian Avocados

Making summer salads better

Adam Liaw is helping our Aussie avo consumers level up their summer salads, with a new recipe for an avocado seaweed salad with sesame and onion dressing; video on goodfood. The new video (and recipe) is just one from a new partnership with the well-known TV food personality. Read more about the Australian Avocados marketing activity 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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Spotting bug update

The team from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries have extensively updated the spotting bug information (in the Growing module), based on the information collated for the new spotting bug poster. Information on identification throughout the lifecycle, monitoring, damage, control measures and alternate hosts has all been updated.

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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New elevating work platform guide released. 20/1/2021

Safe Work Australia has released a new guide to inspecting and maintaining elevating work platforms (EWPs). Elevating work platforms need to be inspected at least annually. Employers are responsible for keeping workers safe and this includes ensuring that plant equipment is inspected and maintained. Find the guide here.

Researchers create 100% renewable ammonia. 20/1/2021

Chemical engineers at UNSW Sydney have found a way to make ‘green’ ammonia from air, water and renewable electricity that does not require the high temperatures, high pressure and huge infrastructure currently needed to produce this essential compound. Read more from UNSW.

SA: two more fruit fly outbreaks. 15/1/2021

There has been a second confirmed outbreak in Renmark West, and another South of Adelaide, as of 15 January. This follows the initial Renmark West detection in late December 2020. Read more.

COVID-19: $1 million jobs trial. 14/1/2021

Designed to encourage more people to consider employment opportunities in the horticulture industry, a Bundaberg organisation will take part in a $1 million trial.

Read more in Stock Journal and Bundaberg Today.

NSW land use survey. 14/1/2021

The New South Wales Agriculture Commissioner is seeking feedback from horticulture industry members, on an options paper to improve planning outcomes and recommending the development of an Agricultural Land Use Planning Strategy (ALUP Strategy). Read more at FreshPlaza.

When should you collaborate with the competition? 14/1/2021

The success of the Australian avocado industry has been used as an example of why industry-wide collaboration can work, in a piece by American-based digital media company Disrupt Now.

Straight to the Source looking for new suppliers. 12/1/2021

A new online directory is being regarded as the “little black book” for chefs in sourcing fresh produce straight from farmers, and it’s looking for new members. Read more in Good Fruit & Vegetables.

COVID-19: fruit and veg losses top $38m. 8/1/2021

Crop losses across the country directly as a result of ongoing labour shortages have now topped $38 million, according to grower data provided to the National Lost Crop Register. Read more in Good Fruit & Vegetables.

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EU: volumes from Chile low. 19/1/2021

Europe is expected light avocado arrivals in January and February, amid lower Chilean volumes and high demand, Fresh Fruit Portal reports. Meanwhile, Eurofruit says the shortage of fruit in Chile helped bring the country’s export season to an early end, with domestic prices exceeding export prices.

Mexico: prices on the way back up. 13/1/2021

Following a significant drop in international avocado prices, pricing has picked up and may continue to do so. Currently, Mexico is the only player in the market shipping avocados with the lack of Peru, Chile and California shipping fruit. (Though California will be set to begin again in April.) Read more in FreshPlaza.

Mexico’s international marketing efforts. 12/1/2021

Avocados from Mexico is hoping to lift international sales with a tailored approach to international sales, including in Japan. Read more in Asiafruit.

Peruvian avocado exports jump. 10/1/2021

In 2020, the value of Peru’s avocado exports rose 3% while volumes jumped by more than 30%, compared to 2019. Read more in Americafruit.

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PASE grant work continues. 22/1/2021

Avocados Australia has been awarded two grants under the Package Assisting Small Exporters program. The grants will go toward developing an online registration and data collection platform, and producing materials for growers seeking to access to Japan and New Zealand. Read more in Good Fruit & Vegetables.

Prices rising in global market. 8/1/2021

The price for avocados on the global market has been rising in recent weeks due to a smaller supply and a shortage of large sizes. At the moment, Mexico and Chile dominate the market, but their volumes are declining. Read more in FreshPlaza.

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Check our calendar for more!


9-12 Mar – FOODEX, Makuhari Messe, Japan

15-16 Mar – Food Agility Summit 2021, virtual event

7-9 Jun – Hort Connections, Brisbane Q

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

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.