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Avocados Australia Guacamole 8 February 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of the Guacamole newsletter for 2019! Get all the latest avocado industry news at your fingertips every fortnight.


Floods delay NQ picking

Speaking to the ABC, Avocados Australia Chair Jim Kochi said while the wet weather in North Queensland had delayed picking in the region, consumers were still well supplied by Western Australia and New Zealand.

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ChemClear agvet chemical collection schedule

Growers can register their unwanted or obsolete agricultural and veterinary chemicals for Agsafe’s ChemClear collection which is hitting the road in June. Bookings are being accepted in NSW (collections from March), the NT, Queensland (collections from June), SA, Tasmania and Victoria. Register your chemicals at www.chemclear.org.au/register-your-chemical/ or call 1800 008 182.

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Keeping avocados social

Fancy an avocado prawn cocktail? Know someone who needs to know how to safely cut an avocado? Keen to share that the Shepards are coming? Australian Avocados has an “always on” approach to social media, helping keep avocados front of mind for our consumers. The industry's marketing is managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

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Survey: industry knowledge of tissue culture

You are invited to complete a short 10-minute survey that asks a series of questions, in order to capture views, knowledge, experiences and perceptions around the potential role of tissue culture technology for the avocado industry. Your participation is anonymous and will enable future research to understand and support industry needs.

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Comments open: National Traceability Framework

You can now comment on the draft National Traceability Framework. The framework is being developed to enhance Australia’s agricultural traceability systems.

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Export reports updated

Two of the global market reports in the BPR Library have been updated. India, Taiwan and Vietnam had been added to the countries outlined in the Import Markets report. This report provides the latest on the various import markets, from Asia to Europe including key markets for Australian avocado suppliers. Some information in the Avocado Producers and Suppliers report, providing an overview of the world’s major producers and market suppliers, has also been updated. Together, these reports provide useful information about avocado global market opportunities, competitor supply times, volumes and prices. The reports can be found in the Export section of the BPR Library.

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/.


Regional diversification spreads risk. 4/2/19.
One North Queensland farming family has expanded their banana operation near Tully to include avocados further north in Lakeland, in the dry tropics, citing the current extremely wet weather as a major reason for spanning across different growing regions.

Xylella coordinator appointed. 4/2/19.
Experienced biosecurity and emergency response coordinator, Craig Elliott, has been appointed to coordinate the Xylella program, an exotic bacteria could threaten more than 350 commercial, ornamental and native plant species in Australia, if introduced.

Diversification in North Queensland. 31/1/19.
One of North Queensland's leading banana growers says diversification into avocados, papaya, blueberries, as well as sugar cane and coffee has been an important part of the company's profit strategy.


Stage set for World Avocado Congress in Colombia. 5/2/19.
In 2015, the value of Colombian avocado exports was US$10.28m. Fast-forward to 2018 and exports were on course to reach US$75m, and estimates suggest they will break through the US$100m barrier in 2019. New Zealand is hoping to host in 2023.

Chinese market growth expected. 5/2/19.
Avocado imports are expected to continue growing in the urban upper-middle class Chinese cities like Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou.

Avocados from Mexico’s Super Bowl ad. 2/2/19.
A “human canine show” is the subject of this new 30-second commercial from Avocados from Mexico, developed for the US Super Bowl. Mexico exported 22% of its US supply in just one month.

39% US shoppers by avocado. 31/1/19.
Promoted for their creamy texture and “healthy” fat attributes, avocados were the No. 1 item that US shoppers said they bought in the past 12 months that they did not buy previously.

Avocado future bright. 29/1/19.
Europe was one of the fastest growing avocado markets worldwide last year according to a new report from the World Avocado Organisation (WAO). The report cites five reasons for the positive outlook, including the rise in veganism, greater awareness of the importance of good fats as part of a balanced diet and the fruit’s popularity with the Instagram generation.

Kenya expecting Chinese inspectors. 25/1/19.
Chinese food safety authorities are expected to visit Kenyan farms, growers, nurseries and pack houses in March.

Other avocado news

A Mexican start-up is turning avocado seeds into straws and cutlery that reportedly biodegrades within 240 days; Well+Good has launched a YouTube series called The Avocado Show where a celebrity or chef makes their favourite avocado recipe.

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Hort Innovation strategic consultation

Hort Innovation is calling on industry stakeholders to get involved and provide their input on the direction of the new corporate strategy. Click here for a list of workshops & the online feedback form.



5-8 Mar – Foodex Japan 2019, Makuhari Messe, Chiba
27 Mar – HARPS training, Perth WA
2 Apr – HARPS training, Melbourne V
3 Apr – HARPS training, Sydney NSW
4 Apr – HARPS training, Brisbane Q
5-6 Jun – Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative R&D Symposium, Brisbane Q
24-26 Jun – Hort Connections, Melbourne VIC
31 Jul-2 Aug – Horticulture Conference, Waikato, New Zealand
3 Spt – Asiafruit Congress, Hong Kong 
4-6 Spt – Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong
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.