Avocados Australia Guacamole 8 March 2019

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Chile risk analysis submission being prepared

The draft report on the risk analysis for fresh avocados from Chile has been released and Avocados Australia will make a submission focused on biosecurity during the 60-day consultation period. “Avocados Australia needs to be sure the process is thorough and that we are confident the quarantine and biosecurity recommendations are sound,” CEO John Tyas says.


Australian Avocados Sunrise feature

Kylie and Sam Collins from Blushing Acres in North Queensland featured on Sunrise last week, thanks to the efforts of the team from Australian Avocados. Kylie and Sam Collins and their team shared tips on selecting avocados, retail handling and recipes from guac to guactails.


Australian Avocados: fresh new website

The Australian Avocados consumer-facing website has been given a refreshed, new look to drive recipe inspiration, better engage visitors and provide updated nutritional information for health professionals. The site has been optimised for mobile users, as 92% of the site’s traffic comes from social media, and 83% of Australian social media users access via their smart phones. The industry's marketing is managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.


Spraying field day: Queensland

Sunnyspot Packhouse in South Queensland has organised a spray field day for Wednesday, 20 March. The event will include machinery demonstrations and expert advice from more than 20 companies and industry leaders, with the latest equipment and chemicals, sprayer evaluations, machinery demonstrations, drones and chemical updates. Attendance is $20/person, RSVPs by 11 March to accounts@sunnyspot.com.au.


Freshcare 2030 survey open

Freshcare wants feedback from its members and stakeholders to ensure that its program supports their needs as the organisation works to 2030. Individual responses will remain anonymous and confidential.
Click here to take the survey

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New variety notes added to Growing section

The varieties and pollinisers articles in the Growing section of the Best Practice Resource (BPR) have had a refresh. The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Simon Newett has updated all the existing entries, and added items on Maluma®, Carmen® and Gem®.
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/


National Labour Hire Registration Scheme. 8/3/19.
The Australian Government has announced it will develop a model for a national scheme to reduce worker exploitation and drive behavioural change among labour hire operators in high-risk sectors. The Migrant Workers TaskForce report was released yesterday.

Chile increasing competition with Australia. 6/3/19.
A new ABARES report says Chile is increasing its competition with Australian in Asia horticultural markets. Notable mentions were given to the berry, avocado and almond sectors within the ABARES report as industries predicted to increase in value.

Kylie Collins talks Shepards. 4/3/19.
NQ grower Kylie Collins is helping our consumers to choose the perfect Shepard avocado, encouraging them not to be too "handsy".

Australia/Indonesia agreement includes visa workers. 4/3/19.
The Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement includes reducing tariffs on Australian avocados from the current 5% to zero by 2026, and increasing work and holiday visas for Indonesians from 1,000 to 5,000. Indonesia is on track to be the world’s 5th largest economy.

Costa expecting 10% production increase. 27/2/19.
Costa has been working on vertically integrating the segment and developing its Lovacado brand, launched last year. It has also planted 26 new hectares in Far North Queensland and New South Wales, and expects greater exports over the coming years and around a 10% boost in production on its own farms in 2019 as trees mature. Costa is also introducing new protocols to improve quality control standards.


Peru exports at record values in 2018. 7/2/19.
Exports amounted to almost $800 million dollars, ie 26% more than in 2017. Peru exports avocados to 35 markets and in the last decade exports have grown 842.2%

New Zealand: fruit fly update. 5/3/19.
The Fruit Fly Council says there is no evidence of a breeding population after the detection of several fruit flies – both Queensland and facialis fruit flies – in Auckland during recent weeks. And the New Zealand avocado industry has a spotlight on quality.

Avo seen as a health food for young consumers. 5/3/19.
In new research from the US-based Hass Avocado Board, nearly all young Hispanic participants (over 90%) linked keeping bites between meals nutritious as key to achieving their healthy living goals, including the use of avocado. And in China, the Peruvian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce has found young Chinese consumers have their avocado in healthy smoothies.

Avocados “increasingly favoured” in India. 5/3/19.
Avocados are increasingly becoming a favoured food amongst Indians, according to avocado importer IG International. “They are used in guacamole, spreads, salads and sauces to accompany meals.”

US: Mission focuses on “Ready”. 5/3/19.
Dubbed ‘Ready’, the programme offers a variety of informative and engaging merchandising tools, all of which promote two ripening stages: a hard piece of stage two fruit that will ripen in a couple of days and a ready-to-eat piece of stage four fruit.

WTO to mediate after Mexico/Costa Rica talks fail. 1/3/19.
Mexico has requested mediation from the World Trade Organization (WTO) after talks broke down with Costa Rica regarding the reopening of the market for Hass avocado imports.

Off year for South Africa. 1/3/19.
Despite a production drop, South Africa still expects its export volume to be the second highest in the history of its industry.


Saucony has released a new sneaker, the Avocado Toast Shadow 6000; in Australia swiping your avos as onions at the self-service checkout could get you caught on spy camera; in the US, the popularity of the keto diet is apparently driving up avocado prices; and there’s more avocado carving art out there.


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. For a list of workshops & the online feedback form, click here. Upcoming events include: Gatton and Bundaberg (Q), Darwin (NT), South Johnstone, Mareeba and Bowen (Q), Mildura (V), Loxton and Adelaide Hills (SA), Sunshine Coast (Q) and Grove (Tas).


Small Tree High Productivity field day

The QDAF Bundaberg Research Station will host a Planting Systems Field Day on Wednesday, 10 April, 12pm-2.30pm (lunch included). Click here for the event notice (including agenda).


Victoria: workshops on new labour requirements

Victoria’s new labour hire licensing scheme will be effective from 29 April, 2019. Host employers that use unlicensed providers face fines of up to $500,000. The Labour Hire Authority information session for the fruit and vegetable harvesting processing industry is on 13 March in the Melbourne CBD. General regional information sessions are planned in 12 locations between 26 March and 8 April, including Swan Hill, Robinvale, Mildura and Bairnsdale. Click here for the full calendar of dates.



20 Mar – Sunnyspot Packhouse sprayer field day, Ravensbourne Q

27 Mar – HARPS training, Perth WA
2 Apr – HARPS training, Melbourne V
3 Apr – HARPS training, Sydney NSW
4 Apr – HARPS training, Brisbane Q
10 Apr – Small Tree High Productivity field day, Bundaberg (QDAF)
24-26 Jun – Hort Connections, Melbourne V
31 Jul-2 Aug – Horticulture Conference, Waikato, New Zealand
15-16 Aug – Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative R&D Symposium, Brisbane Q
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 

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.