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Avocados Australia Guacamole 22 June 2018

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


Consumers encouraged to eat more avo

Avocado lovers have good reason to celebrate as not only are avocado prices low, but production is expected to almost double by 2025. Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas says forecasts are that Queensland’s crop may be 30% bigger than last year. “We’re encouraging everyone to smash an avo; now is the perfect time to try a new recipe for your favourite fruit.”

Courtesy of QAAFI, The University of Queensland

Smashing avocado disease threats

University of Queensland's Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) researcher Dr Liz Dann is working on an avocado biosecurity project funded through Hort Innovation. “The aim is to improve yields, fruit quality and build capacity to deal with biosecurity issues,” Dr Dann said. Read more from Hort Innovation and QAAFI.

High domestic prices for New Zealanders

NZ domestic demand driving prices up

There are reports of prices as high as $5/piece for avocados in New Zealand and the moment, but NZ Avocado Growers Association chief said the prices were unlikely to impact on Australian consumers when exports start in late August. New Zealand is also developing other markets, given the interest of Chile and others in Australia.


Hort Innovation Board vacancies

Three vacancies are now open for Directors that will be elected by voting members of Hort Innovation at the Annual General Meeting, 2018. Applications should be completed online via Rimfire Resources’ website no later than Monday, July 16, 2018. 


Hort Innovation’s new CEO

Matt Brand will take on the role of Hort Innovation CEO in September. Mr Brand is currently the CEO of NSW Farmers and has previously held senior marketing commercial and sponsorship roles. Mr Brand succeeds CEO John Lloyd, who led the company through a challenging yet successful transition from the previous Horticulture Australia Limited to Hort Innovation in 2014.


Conference goers sample avocado treats

The Good Fat café pop-up made a brief return this week, featured at the Hort Innovation stand during the Hort Connections 2018 in Brisbane. Conference-goers from across the country were given a taste of avocado brownies, smoothies and Avo Fries. 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.


Avocado Directory: your business directory

The Avocado Directory allows easy access to all sorts of businesses that play a role in the avocado industry. Whether you are a buyer or seller of products or services, this directory can help you.

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New resources & event presentations

Are you getting ready to harvest? There are some exciting new resources now in the BPR to help you ensure your fruit reaches the market at its best: Avocado Best Practice Guide, Avocado Fruit Quality Problem Solver, Avocado Supply Chain checklists, Avocado stages of ripeness chart, and the Avocado Post-Harvest Review. 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. You can find the new resources at the top of the BPR Library’s Education Materials section.

Were you unable to attend one of the 2018 Regional Meetings? Presentations from key speakers are now available in the BPR Library, under Event Proceedings.

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/.


So many ways to use an avocado. 20/6/18.
Avocados Australia Chair Jim Kochi talked avocado storage and uses (Jim’s a big fan of avocado on steak and homemade guac) with ABC Gold Coast this week. The interview starts at the 43 minute mark.

Avocado industry member joins national panel. 19/6/18.
Trent De Paoli (Austchilli, UQ and Avo Fresh) is one of 11 new members appointed to the Agricultural Industry Advisory Council to advise the government on agricultural issues.

Leader of the Opposition a keen avocado shopper. 10/6/18.
In an interview on Channel 10’s The Project, Federal Opposition Leader was revealed as his household’s grocery shopping. When asked by reporter Lisa Wilkinson what was good in the fruit & veg these days, Mr Shorten quickly replied “avocados”.


Global avocado market overview. 8/6/18.
This year, a record 3.2 million tonnes of avocados are being harvested worldwide.

Start-up tech doubles avocado shelf life. 19/6/18.
Avocados treated with a shelf-life-enhancing product developed by Apeel Sciences are now rolling out in the US. It is a plant-derived product the company says slows down produce spoilage, without the use of refrigeration or preservatives.

Colombia boosts 2018 export forecast. 18/6/18.
Shipments from January through April were nearly three-fold year-on-year and exports over the four months hit US$32 million compared to US$12.9 million last year.

Chile evaluating frost damage. 15/6/18.
Avocado growers in the central-northern region of Coquimbo won’t know for a few weeks if recent freezing temperatures will impact on their harvest in August.

Peru: La Libertad avocado export value increase. 13/6/18
This year avocado exports from La Libertad should exceed US $300 million, a 6.8% increase over the US $ 280,846,873 achieved in 2017. The country’s total fresh avocado exports grew by 4.9% in April.

Avocado crime reaches Chile. 12/6/18.
Chile’s location far from the demand centres and trafficking routes had protected the country from a continent-wide crime wave -- until now.

Mr Avocado expands in China’s retail market. 9/6/18.
China-based Mr Avocado is continuing its rapid expansion of the market, recently launching in Hema supermarkets, and has started work on a 6,000ha domestic orchard. Meanwhile, a Chinese-Israeli partnership is looking to their first harvest in September (video here).

Avocado chips are now a thing
An American start-up has figured out how to dehydrate avocados to produce crispy chips and in Colombia, avocado restaurants have arrived, to the confusion of locals.



2-4 Jul – Northern Australia Food Futures Conference, Darwin
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

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.