Avocados Australia Guacamole 23 August 2019

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


Last chance to RSVP!

Next week’s Regional Forum in Mareeba (North Queensland) will cover a lot of ground, with the latest information on soil health, mulching, fruit management and how the industry is tracking. This will be followed by an orchard walk. You can find the agenda by clicking here. You can check out some of the action at the recent Tristate Regional Forum in our Facebook album here.

Avocados on the tree

Corporate investment in WA industry

French’s Group, a WA-based avocado producer, has partnered with the ASX-listed Alterra to provide services including the assessment of investment opportunities and production experience for the next three years. Alterra Managing Director Oliver Barnes said the company believed the avocado industry was “entering its next wave of development”, including the opening of new export markets and “significant investment inflows” from institutional investors.

Asia Fruit Logistica

Asia Fruit Logistica going ahead

At this stage, Avocados Australia’s export coordinator, Joy Tang, will attend the annual Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong. Organisers this week have decided to continue with the show, as scheduled, despite the current unrest in Hong Kong. Travelling with Joy and representing the Australian avocado industry will be Australian avocado export industry members Jennie Franceschi and Antony Allen, selected via the recent Expressions of Interest process.

Have you filled out the tree census?

OrchardInfo Tree Census

If you haven’t completed your 2019 OrchardInfo Tree Census, please do so as soon as possible. This short census provides us with the information that underpins long-term industry planning. If you are a commercial grower and you have not yet received the census link, please call Daniel or Amanda on 07 3846 6566, or email data@avocado.org.au.

Avocados on the tree

Do you receive the Avo Alerts?

Avo Alerts are a monthly summary of growing activities for the different avocado growing regions of Australia. Compiled by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, this information provides a good guide for the best practice management that should be occurring in your orchard. If you don’t receive the Avo Alerts and want to, send an email with Subject Line: Avo Alerts to Amanda Madden at admin2@avocado.org.au with your name, phone number and email address. It is as easy as that to get some agronomic reminders for your orchard.

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#smashanavo returns to TV

The Australian Avocados television advertisement will return to metropolitan screens from the first week of September, on channels 7 and 9. This campaign will take advantage of a strong programming schedule, including The Block and Bachelor in Paradise, and bolstered by consistently-rating news and current affair programs. In regional centres, the campaign includes WIN, Southern Cross Austero and Prime in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. This marketing activity is managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

Regional Forums date claimer
Alvin is on the MOVE!!!

We've moved!

Avocados Australia has relocated from Woolloongabba, to the Brisbane Markets. You can now find us at Unit 13, Level 1, in the Fresh Centre at 385 Sherwood Road, Rocklea Queensland 4106. Our new postal address is PO Box 134, Brisbane Markets Q 4106. All other contact details remain the same, and you will still be able to reach the Avocados Australia team at 07 3846 6566.

What's new in the Best Practice Resource?
Best Practice Resource

Missed out on attending the Regional Forums?

The team working on the industry’s current industry development and extension project (AV17005) have collated notes and presentations from the events held so far, and added them to the BPR Library. If you click the Event Proceedings heading you will find meeting minutes and presentations from the Central NSW, Pemberton (WA) and Wanerie (WA) events. This includes the industry updates from CEO John Tyas and presentations on soil health, mulching, fruit quality, canopy management, pruning, nutrition, and soil water monitoring.
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/. 

ANVAS program
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Researchers dish up digital avocado. 15/8/19.

UQ Centre for Horticultural Science’s Professor Neena Mitter, along with colleagues Dr Alice Hayward and Stephen Fletcher collaborated on the international research led by Professor Luis Herrera-Estrella that recently published the first draft sequencing of the Hass variety genome. Click here to read more.

WA: are you doing your labour hire due diligence? 12/8/19.

The Western Australian government has released a factsheet to help employers carry out due diligence when engaging labour hire operations. Click here (PDF link) to see the information.

Hort Innovation AGM & voting rights. 7/8/19.

Hort Innovation members who pay a statutory or voluntary levy have the right to vote at the organisations AGM. In order to secure voting entitlements, members must first complete an Annual Levy Return form (this process closes on 27 September 2019). However, new members must sign up for Hort Innovation membership by 12 September. The AGM is in Sydney on 22 November. Read more at Hort Innovation about how to secure your voting rights.

Tissue culture survey still open

This short 10 minute survey from Central Queensland University will help researchers capture views within the avocado industry about the use of tissue culture technology for propagation. This is part of the 2017-2020 Advance Queensland Innovation Partnerships: Avocado Tissue Culture-From Lab to Orchard project, with University of Queensland. Take the survey.


New Zealand plans greater Asian focus. 22/8/19.

The New Zealand avocado industry aims to significantly increase exports to Asian markets during the coming years, amid expectations for a sharp production rise in Australia - currently its leading market by far. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.

World consumption increases, and so does production. 21/8/19.

Avocado consumption continues to grow at a "remarkable" rate across the world, according to the latest report on the global market by IndexBox. Read more in Eurofruit.

Colombian exports rise. 21/8/19.

Colombian avocado exports are showing a sustained growth, growing from 1,700 tons in the five years to 2018, when 30,000t was exported. Read more in FreshPlaza.

US consumption up five-fold in 20 years. 20/8/19.
According to one estimate, avocado consumption per capita in the US has risen five-fold in just the last 20 years. Current news from the States is focused on the large Pura Vida variety, with some fruit up to three feet in length. Read more in RFD TV.

China a strategic market for Mexico. 19/8/19.

During 2018, Mexico increased the volume of avocado shipments to China by 71%, compared to the previous year, according to data from APEAM. Read more in FreshPlaza.

Turkey increases avocado production. 19/8/19.

The Alanya region of Turkey is expecting to increase production by 20%, compared to last year, mainly due to a favourable season. The main export markets are Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia and Iran. Read more in FreshPlaza.

Auckland ramps up fruit fly response. 12/8/19.

Biosecurity New Zealand is ramping up its fruit fly response as the end of winter nears. Read more in Produce Plus.

Mexican deaths may link to avocado crime. 10/8/19.

Mexico’s lucrative avocado sector is proving too attractive for violent criminal gangs, with recent deaths in Michoacán potentially linked to a fight for control. Read more in Vice.


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North Queensland agenda is live

The next Regional Forum in North Queensland will be held at the Mareeba Leagues Club on 28 August, including sessions on soil health and mulching and an orchard walk. For more information, check out our events calendar.



28 Aug – Avocado Regional Forum, North Qld (QDAF, Avocados Australia)
3 Spt – Asiafruit Congress, Hong Kong 
4-6 Spt – Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong
9-10 Spt – China International Fruit & Vegetable Fair, Beijing 
17-19 Spt – Australian industry WAC pre-tour, California
23-27 Spt – IX World Avocado Congress, Colombia

24-25 Oct – Avocado SIAP meeting, Brisbane

11-13 Nov – TropAg2019, Brisbane Q
22 Nov – Hort Innovation AGM, Sydney NSW

10-13 Mar – Foodex Japan 2020, Makuhari Messe, Chiba
15-17 Jun – Hort Connections, 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.