Avocados Australia Guacamole 28 June 2019

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

Avocados on a tree

Interest strong in Japanese market

Five packhouses and 28 growers from Western Australia are seeking export accreditation for the 2019/20 season, to export to Japan. The Australian Government Department of Agriculture will undertake audits during the next few months with the first consignments expected to leave the country in late July/early August.

Image: Northern Valleys News, June 2019

WA harvest starting soon

Avowest’s Alan Blight, speaking to local paper Northern Valleys News, said his Gingin orchard was about three weeks from harvest. “We’re looking to export more fruit this year. Last year we air-freighted around $100,000 worth into Asia, and there are significant opportunities opening up in Japan,” he said.

Avocados on a tree

Infocado redevelopment has started

The redevelopment of the software underpinning Avocados Australia’s web-based system for reporting volumes of avocados dispatched and forecast to be supplied has begun in earnest. We expect this work to be completed in about six months, improving useability and reporting back to industry. If you would like to discuss the changes, contact Data Analyst Daniel Martins on 07 3846 6566.

Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas

Record year for avocados

CEO John Tyas has been in the news this week, discussing the potential for a record 95,000t of production in the 12 months to March 2020. While there has been speculation about what this will mean for prices, Avocados Australia remains focused on increasing domestic consumption and export demand. “Consumer spending on avocados is a positive for the industry. The latest retail data from Nielsen shows a significant increase in volume purchased by Australian households,” he says. “The industry is focused on increasing demand alongside production.”

Kym Thiel - Board Member

Wait and see on Tristate frost

Avocado growers in parts of the Tristate (particularly in the Riverland of South Australia) are waiting to determine the impact of recent frosts. Avocados Australia Director Kym Thiel says it may take weeks before the impact is evident. “At the moment we do have a very nice crop hanging out there, so it is a nervous time of year for growers to get through this frosty period,” he says.

First AvoSkills workshop on in NQ

AvoSkills – North Queensland

This is the first of the AvoSkills workshops, covering the “A” to “O” of avocado orchard management, will be held in Mareeba on Wednesday & Thursday, 17-18 July. To ensure everyone gets the most of this workshop, places are strictly limited to 40 participants. RSVPs are due by 8 July, and applicants will be notified about their places by 12 July. In this hands-on workshop, we will tackle the essentials of growing good quality fruit productively. The workshop is tailored toward growers who have recently joined the avocado industry, re-sellers, farm supervisors and farm managers. Please RSVP to QDAF’s Ebony Faichney on 0491 212 948 or email or Simon Newett, email or 0400 565 784.

Australian Avocados - visit the website today

TV reaches 4 million avo lovers

A burst of Australian Avocados television advertising between March and May 2019 reached an estimated 4.3 million potential avocado consumers. The staggered burst included key metro and regional networks, taking advantage of popular programming. The television activity will continue at the end of August, and will be in market for six weeks in two bursts – between August and September and between October and November. The industry's marketing is managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

Find all the 2019 Regional Forum dates in our calendar
What's new in the Best Practice Resource?
Best Practice Resource

Need to print a BPR article?

The functionality of the Best Practice Resource has been improved, making the articles and pages easier to print, for offline use. This change means simply hitting print will provide you with a “clean” copy of the article content, without the information from the site’s various top and side menus. While these menus are vital for navigation within the site itself, we realise they aren’t needed for offline use.
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
Search the Avocado Directory!

Fair Farms launched. 25/6/19.

Fair Farms, the industry-developed workplace training and certification program for employers in Australian horticulture was officially launched this week in Melbourne at Hort Connections.

Guidelines for Fresh Produce Food Safety 2019. 25/6/19.

The 2019 version of the guidelines were launched at Hort Connections, and set out the procedures and steps to prevent or deal with contamination, covering a comprehensive list of practices and potential hazards to assist growers, packers, transporters, wholesalers and retailers along the supply chain. Click here for the guidelines.

State of the Industry report for horticulture. 25/6/19.

PMAA-NZ has released its latest report, finding there has been a dramatic change to all industries with the rise of social media, an increased focus on health and the environment and the advancement of technology in the last decade.

Fruit trader amends contracts after ACCC concerns. 25/6/19.

A trader in apples, pears and other fresh fruits has agreed to change its horticulture produce agreements with growers after the ACCC raised concerns the agreements contained unfair contract terms, and terms which did not comply with the Horticulture Code of Conduct.

Avocado dry matter tester demonstration. 25/6/19.

Felix Instruments this week demonstrated its new F-751 Avocado Quality Meter and its integration with harvest mapping software.

New technology could help consumers choose. 24/6/19.

An Italian packaging company has developed a high-tech in-store ripeness checker for fruit, including avocado. The tag can detect certain dielectric variations in the fruit pulp associated with ripeness, such as turgidity, acidity and water and sugar content.

Minimum wage rises in 1 July. 24/6/19.

Changes taking effect from 1 July include the annual increase to the national minimum wage and award rates, and the extension of the Single Touch Payroll to employers with 19 or fewer employees.

Water security drives land value. 21/6/19.

Rural land with secure water, consistent production and the opportunity to scale is an investment that continues to increase, including in avocado production areas.

Varroa mites found at Townsville, Queensland

Varroa mites (Varroa jacobsoni) were detected on Asian honey bees at the Port of Townsville in May 2019. Genetic testing of bee material from the May 2019 detection indicates a new incident, with these Asian honey bees likely to have arrived recently by vessel at the Port.

Chlorpyrifos use review

The AVPMA has opened consultation for a proposed regulatory decision on the non-agricultural uses of chlorpyrifos, but including a review of critical agricultural, biosecurity, and permitted uses. Submissions close 22 September 2019.


Mexico: avocado price increase. 26/6/19.

Low production this season has caused a price increase for Mexican avocados, with prices now expected to reach new historic highs, reaching up to 130 pesos per kilo (AU$11.21), as in 2017.

London hit by AvoMob. 25/6/19.

This June is World Avocado Month in the UK, a fact that has been celebrated by a mob of avocado enthusiasts who have been appearing at iconic locations around London this week.

Avocado tram in The Netherlands. 24/6/19.

The World Avocado Organization and Nature’s Pride have fully branded a tram in Rotterdam as part of the Avocado, Fruit of Life campaign.

Ready to eat success in China. 24/6/19.

In China, the introduction of ready to eat avocados has caused a spike in interest, as consumers unfamiliar with avocado are uncertain about ripening them at home.

US: voluntary recall of frozen product. 19/6/19.

Although no illnesses have yet been reported, the makers of Signature Select Avocado Chunks issued a product recall due to possible contamination with the listeria germ. US states affected include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming, Texas and Utah.

Peru ready to export to Thailand. 17/6/19.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri), the Hass avocado cultivated in the La Libertad region is ready for export to Thailand.


Tristate forum agenda available now

The agenda for the 14 August 2019 regional forum at Renmark in the Tristate has been released. Avocados Australia and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) invite all growers and interested stakeholders to an Avocado Regional Forum to hear the latest industry and research updates, and presentations on Plant Growth Regulants (PGRs). You can find the agenda via our events calendar.



16 Jul – HARPS training, Brisbane Q
17-18 July – AvoSkills workshop, North Queensland (QDAF, Avocados Australia)
31 Jul-2 Aug – Horticulture Conference, Waikato, New Zealand
14 Aug – Avocado Regional Forum, Tristate (QDAF, Avocados Australia)
28 Aug – Avocado Regional Forum, North Qld (QDAF, Avocados Australia)
3 Spt – Asiafruit Congress, Hong Kong 
4-6 Spt – Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong 
17-19 Spt – Australian industry WAC pre-tour, California
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.