Avocados Australia Guacamole 31 May 2019
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Welcome to the latest edition of the Guacamole newsletter. Get all the latest avocado industry news at your fingertips every fortnight.

 
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New date! Tristate Avocado forum

Due to scheduling conflicts for key speakers, a new date has been announced for the Tristate regional meeting: 14 August 2019. 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).

 
Japan export season applications open

Japan export applications closing soon

Applications to export avocados to Japan for the 2019 season need to be received by Avocados Australia by Friday, 7 June. If you are in a recognised Queensland fruit fly free area, and interested in exporting, contact Export Coordinator Joy Tang at export@avocado.org.au or call 07 3846 6566. Applications must be sent to Joy by 7 June, as part of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) process.

 
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Last chance to join Californian tour

If you’re keen to attend the Australian industry’s World Avocado Congress pre-tour of Californian growing areas from 17-19 September, you need to secure your spot now. Avocados Australia and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries have joined forces with Pulse Travel to develop a cost-effective package for participants. Indicative prices covering accommodation, most meals and ground travel during the California tour are: twin share AU$1,335, and single AU$1,625. Interested parties need to pay a $1,000 deposit with Pulse today (31 May) to book their spot. Contact Pulse on 07 3004 6666 or groups@pulsetravel.com.au.

 
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New Marketing Manger

Matthew Dwyer has joined the team at Hort Innovation, as the avocado industry’s new marketing manager. Matthew is a strategic, award-winning marketer with a strong passion for all things food. Having been nurtured in the high-performing marketing team at Meat & Livestock Australia, Matthew delivered impactful campaigns, most notably the iconic Australia Day lamb campaigns. We thank David Weisz for his efforts during his time as the industry’s marketing manager. The industry's marketing is managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

 
2019 Avocado Regional Forums, upcoming dates
 
What's new in the Best Practice Resource?
 
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New Maximum Residue Limits information

Are you interested in exporting to one of Australia’s key international markets? The Best Practice Resource has a host of information, both in the Export section and in the BPR Library, under the Export heading. This includes the June 2019 Maximum Residue Limits table. All fruit you export must be compliant with the maximum residue limits for your target countries, and you must monitor the residue levels in the fruit you are sourcing for export markets to ensure compliance. Please note that each country updates the MRLs from time to time, so it is important for you to seek up-to-date information on MRLs.
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/. 

 
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2019 edition of The Australian Farmer released

Volume II of The Australian Farmer annual digital book is now available. The Australian Farmer annual digital book was created specifically for farmers, in collaboration with farmers. It takes a detailed look at the future of farming, including new technology, irrigation and future leaders. It is provided for free to farmers across the country, and you can access your copy by clicking here.


Freight costs dampen competitiveness. 29/5/19.

A new report from AgriFutures Australia says freight costs are dampening agriculture’s competitiveness in international markets. “In Australia, freight costs are highest for grains at 27.5% of gross income, and fruit and vegetables at 21%,” Managing Director John Harvey says.


Stone fruit farmer penalised for underpaying workers. 23/5/19.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $144,000 in penalties against a fruit farmer for deliberately underpaying two Malaysian fruit pickers and using false records to try to cover it up. The FWO is cracking down on migrant worker exploitation.


Value of horticulture leads way. 22/5/19.

Review of the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has found horticulture is now the second most valuable agricultural sector at $10.2 billion. Hort Innovation says horticulture generates the highest GVP/hectare of production land used, at $31,486.


Costa’s Lovacado a MOYA finalist. 22/5/19.

The avocado campaign launch will be up against Hort Innovation’s Hailstorm Heroes, Zespri’s SunGold Kiwifruit, Freshmax’s Modi Apples and T&G Global’s Orchard Road brand launch.

 
 
 

Thailand says yes to Peruvian avocados. 20/5/19/

Peruvian avocados are already shipped to China, Japan and India and Peru hopes to secure access to South Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia this year. Peru expects to send the first shipment to Thailand in June.

Demand pushing up avo prices in Asia. 20/5/19.

Peru says the average price could have increased by up to 20% over the 2018 season for exports to Asia, possibly due to continuing growing demand.


US: national holidays boost avo sales. 20/5/19.

Avocados sold around New Year’s Eve boosted sales to $42.9 million, a 6% increase from last year, besting Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas volume, although Halloween was notable, with a 27% boost in volume from the year before.

 
 

New date for Tristate

Due to scheduling conflicts for key speakers, a new date has been announced for the Tristate regional meeting: 14 August 2019. 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). For more information, check our events calendar.

 

Hort Connections on soon

There is only one month to go before Hort Connections 2019, the biggest event in Australian horticulture, kicks off in Melbourne. This year, more than 3,250 local and international industry members throughout the horticulture supply chain will come together to listen to experts and discuss ‘Growing our Food Future’. Click here to read more.

 

Calendar

4 Jun – Avocado Regional Forum (1), WA (QDAF, Avocados Australia, DPIRD)

6 Jun – Avocado Regional Forum (2), WA (QDAF, Avocados Australia, DPIRD)

18 Jun – HARPS training, Melbourne V
19 Jun – HARPS training, Sydney NSW
20 Jun – HARPS training, Brisbane Q
24-26 Jun – Hort Connections, Melbourne V
31 Jul-2 Aug – Horticulture Conference, Waikato, New Zealand
14 Aug – Avocado Regional Forum, Tristate (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 

 
 
 
 
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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.