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Avocados Australia Guacamole 6 July 2018

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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Japan: accreditation applications open

Applications from orchards and packhouses interested in exporting fresh Hass avocados to Japan are due to Avocados Australia by 27 July. Protocol conditions apply to Hass avocado sourced from officially recognised areas free from Queensland fruit fly, in Western Australia and Riverland (South Australia). Contact our Export Coordinator Joy Tang at export@avocado.org.au or 07 3846 6566 for more information.


Airfreight inspection changes

From 1 March 2019, the Australian Government is introducing piece-level examinations for all outbound international cargo shipments, including all fresh produce. Dominic Jenkin, from the Australian Horticultural Exporters and Importers Association (AHEIA), says the changes will significantly increase the cost of exporting fresh fruit from Australia.


Varroa mite surveillance steps up

Agriculture Victoria and the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) investigated and treated varroa mite detected on a ship at the Port of Melbourne last week. Ongoing  surveillance is a precautionary measure, says Agriculture Victoria.


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. 


Successful campaign continues

Among the top performing posts on the Australian Avocados consumer website at the moment is the recipe for the Good Fat fritters. A Facebook post featuring the easy recipe reached more than 251,000 users and received more 191,000 engagements in April alone. 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.


Latest Hortlink is out

See how the avocado levy is hard at work! Click here to learn about Hort Innovation’s current investment of the industry levy, and results from these investments. All projects are funded by Hort Innovation using the avocado R&D or marketing levy and, in the case of R&D, contributions from the Australian Government. In some projects, additional funding sources are also used.


Avocado Directory: list for free!

Do you supply products or services for the Australian avocado industry? Avocados Australia’s Avocado Directory is an online service, helping to connect customers and businesses across the country. If you list before 1 September 2018, you will receive a full year of free exposure to the Australian avocado industry. This represents a saving of $200 (+GST) for your business!

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Download the checklist you need today!

Have you already used up your copy of the Avocado Supply Chain checklists? Don’t despair – you can download each section individually from the BPR! The checklists (pre-harvest, harvest, packhouse, transport, ripening/wholesaler, distribution centre) are part of a suite of new best practice resources produced by AHR and now available in the BPR. 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. If you are already signed in, click here to access the resources or you can sign in and then find the new resources at the top of the BPR Library’s Education Materials section.

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/.


New retail research boosts sales. 4/7/18.

A novel merchandising approach, supported by a staff-training program, dramatically boosted retail avocado sales. Access the retail training and resources by clicking the “Retail” button, top right on the Avocados Australia homepage.

Australia boosts biosecurity spend. 29/6/18.

The Australian Government has allocated $137.8 million over five years to support new technologies, improve biosecurity data, analytics and intelligence.

First Hort Code proceedings start. 26/6/18.

The ACCC has instituted proceedings against Mitolo Group Pty Ltd, the largest potato wholesaler in Australia. The ACCC alleges various terms in contracts with potato farmers are unfair.


Colombia gains access to Argentinian market. 26/6/18.

Producers interested in sending their product must comply with a work plan, establishing a surveillance program for the Stenoma catenifer, Heilipus lauri, and Heilipus trisfasciatus boring pests.

China interested in Dominican avocados. 26/6/18.

At a meeting between Chinese producers and business people and Dominican representatives, the country’s consistent production was highlighted. Elsewhere, avocado is one of the fruits Ecuador is hoping to supply to China.

Spain joins World Avo Organization. 26/6/18.

Spain has "very low" consumption figures, and the TROP group has joined the World Avocado Organization because of its work to increase consumption.

New European marketing campaign. 26/6/18.

European consumers who aren’t regular avocado eaters are being targeted by a new campaign, “Yes I do” as Hass prices are the lowest for a decade.

South Korea: imports increase dramatically. 25/6/18.

The US supplies 65% of the South Korean market for avocados, and New Zealand 15%. A Korean delegation also recently visited Peru, taking Peru a step closer to access.

Triple-digit avo growth in the UK. 22/6/18.

Fresca has added an avocado business unit, to take advantage of a market apparently surging past sales of £178m in 2017 on the back of triple-digit growth during the past five years, in part because shoppers continue to buy avocados more and more often.

Avo butter, ice-creams and frappes

Is avocado butter the next big thing, or maybe avocado toast chocolate? There’s also a new commercially available avocado ice-cream in the US, Subway Hong Kong is adding avocado, South Korea’s Starbucks have brought back the Avocado Blended, and South Africa’s first AvoFest was a great success. And in the US, you can win your bodyweight in Peruvian avocados.


Asia Fruit Logistica

Avocados Australia’s Export Coordinator, Joy Tang, will be at Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong in September. Avocados are among the fresh produce featured under Hort Innovation’s Taste Australia banner at the international event. The event is Asia’s largest horticultural trade show, drawing 11,000 attendees from 74 countries last year. “The region is geographically close, and this benefits our high-quality produce by limiting transport time, especially utilising airfreight,” Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas said.



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.