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Make sure your COVID-19 plans are in place

A key takeaway for the Australian avocado industry from the recent case of COVID-19 is clear: have a COVID-19 plan in place (either a specific health management plan or a workplace health and safety plan, depending on the requirements in your state). On key reason the farm in Queensland was able to quickly return to operation because it had a working plan, and was able to provide information to the state health department to allow track and trace activities to take place.

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Promoting horticulture on Ten

Hort Innovation is helping educate Australia on the wonders of Aussie horticulture and its value to the health and prosperity of Australia, by sponsoring Channel Ten’s My Market Kitchen. This sponsorship will showcase grower stories, their produce and the research-driven innovations and practices that growers use on farm to deliver healthy, nutritious and sometimes unique fruit, vegetables, and nuts to plates and lunchboxes across Australia.

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COVID-19 and food safety

Australia’s Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud, has been in the media this week reassuring consumers at home and abroad that there’s no evidence COVID-19 can be transmitted through food or food packaging. “The main risk of transmission of COVID-19 is from close person to person, not from food or drink,” he said.

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Has your GS1 databar been verified?

Packhouses who use (or plan to use) a GS1 databar need to have their label manufacturer (printer) supply a databar label for testing, to make sure they can be scanned. Once tested, GS1 will provide a GS1 Australia Barcode Verification Report. It is important to send this final report onto any retail customers, to assure them the fruit sticker will scan at point of sale. (Interim verification reports based on the testing of digital files are not accepted by retailers.)

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We’re back in the office

The Avocados Australia office (in the Fresh Centre at the Brisbane Markets) has re-opened. You can find our various contact details here.

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Reminder to watch the temperature

As part of an avocado supply chain feedback project (AV18000), two videos have been released to provide an update on the findings and progress of the project. In AV18000, 40 supply chains were examined and results highlight that:

  • only 25% of supply chains are achieving best practice temperatures at pack shed departure
  • only 35% of the supply chain are achieving best practice temperatures during transport
  • only 30% of supply chains are achieving best practice temperatures during storage
  • 80% of supply chains are achieving best practice temperatures during ripening.

You can view the results of the temperature monitoring in this video, and the time avocados spend in the various supply chain stages in this video. We encourage all industry members to utilise the available resources in the BPR and temperature loggers where possible to monitor temperature and manage the supply chain to ensure we are achieving optimal quality for consumers in our pursuit to grow demand of Australian avocados.

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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Updating the crop cycle calendars

Growers interested in learning more about how their trees grow through the season are invited to contact Simon Newett to discuss what is involved, and how in the process they can also help to update the industry’s crop cycle calendars. (The current calendars can be found in the BPR.) Growers (and advisors) who would like to participate will receive a recording sheet and instructions to collect the observations necessary to create growth cycle(s) for their farm and varieties. Contact:

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Get more Australian industry news

The Avolution targets waste. 25/6/2020.

Australian avocado supplier The Avolution is stepping up its supply chain monitoring to improve fruit quality and reduce wastage. Read more in Asiafruit.

Bayer settles US Roundup cases. 25/6/2020.

Bayer plans to continue to defend class actions in Australia, even as it settles about 75% of its law suits (worth about $15.8 billion) in the US. Read more in The Land.

COVID-19: return to panic buying in Victoria. 25/6/2020.

Both Woolworths and Coles have reinstated purchase limits on toilet paper, hand sanitiser, paper towel, flour, sugar, pasta, mince, UHT milk, eggs and rice for shoppers in Victoria. Read more in inside FMCG.

Family drought support extended. 24/6/2020.

The Australian Government is continuing its support for drought-affected farming households by extending Round 2 of the $148.5 million Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI) program until the end of this year. Read more.

Western Australia: new farm trespass bill. 24/6/2020.

Legislation aimed at deterring illegal forms of trespass while protecting the welfare of animals through increased inspection powers will be introduced into State Parliament. Read more.

New Queensland irrigation area. 24/6/2020.

The first instalment is heading to the bank for a $10 million investigation into a major Far North Queensland irrigation project. The grant is to investigate the viability of irrigating up to 8,000ha near Cooktown. Read more.

Woolworths investing in NSW distribution centres. 23/6/2020.

Woolworths Group has announced plans to invest in an automated distribution centre and semi-automated national distribution centre in New South Wales. Read more in Asiafruit.

Western Australia: new orchard’s tech focus. 23/6/2020.

Agricultural land developer Alterra is setting up its first avocado site using technology that represents best -rather than common- practice in a bid to enhance both sustainability and yield. Read more in FreshPlaza.

COVID-19 changes consumer trends. 22/6/2020.

The Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ)’s State of the Industry report has revealed changed consumer habits and a rising interest in food safety. Read more in ProducePlus.

Supply chain efficiencies costly. 18/6/2020.

Australia loses an estimated 18-22% of produce, due to inefficiencies along the supply chain, according to Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ)’s State of the Industry report. Read more in FreshPlaza.

New research into fresh produce postharvest treatments. 17/6/2020.

Australian fresh produce growers may soon have a new method of treating fruit and vegetables that minimise microbial food safety risks, with promising results from a current project (HN15000) with the potential to greatly improve food safety and reduce postharvest losses. Read more in FreshPlaza.

Click here for a round up of international avocado news

China grows first Hass. 24/6/2020.

The successful production of Hass avocados in Yunnan is the first step towards domestic production of avocados on an industrial scale, says Yunnan Avocado. Read more in FreshPlaza.

New tool to measure avo ripeness. 19/6/2020.

Developed by Cranfield University in the UK, the technology uses a laser and small vibration to test the fruits’ resonant frequency, to give a reliable assessment of ripeness. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.

Mexican export values up. 18/6/2020.

Mexican avocado export values rose in early 2020 despite the global pandemic and lower export volumes. Read more in Produce Blue Book.

New Zealand expects avo thefts. 15/6/2020.

For four years running, at the exact same time of year, New Zealand has been savaged by gangs of avocado thieves. Read more in the Spinoff.

Your round up of export news that matters

Australian airfreight support expands. 19/6/2020.

The government has added more flights to its international freight assistance mechanism, adding more destinations and departure points. This has included flights out of Toowoomba (South Queensland), to Hong Kong and Singapore. Read more in Asiafruit.

AFPA calls for more export market support. 17/6/2020.

The Australian Fresh Produce Alliance wants a renewed focus on negotiating technical market access protocols to key export markets. Read more in Asiafruit.

Hort Innovation launches COVID-19 trade hub

The hub includes top-level insights, business tools and country updates, collated by Hort Innovation’s international trade team. Find it here.

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Avocado webinars now available online

Did you miss the Tristate or Central New South Wales Regional Forum? These online events were recorded and you can find the videos, handouts and presentations in the BPR Library, in the Event Proceedings. For Tristate, the guest speaker was Spanish researcher, Dr Inaki Hormaza, whose work is around understanding flowering and maximising fruit set, watch the video. For Central New South Wales, Craig Maddox and Ruth Huwer from NSW DPI provided an update on spotting bug management, watch the video.



29 Jul – North Queensland Regional Forum (webinar)

17 Nov – Asiafruit Congress, Singapore

18-20 Nov – Asia Fruit Logistica, Singapore



7-9 Jun – Hort Connections, Brisbane Q

21-23 Jun – Australasian Plant Breeding Conference, Gold Coast Q

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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.