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Avocados Australia Guacamole 31 August 2018

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


Hort review response released

The independent Review of Performance on Hort Innovation has now been released, with the reviewers making 14 recommendations. This includes codifying the relationship between Hort Innovation and industry bodies, and improving stakeholder communication. Hort Innovation has responded to, and accepted, all 14 recommendations of review.

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New permit issued by AVPMA

The AVPMA has issued a permit for Paclobutrazol, a soil drench application), for use in high density avocado orchards for vegetative growth management. The permit (PER85877) was issued on 29 August 2018 and expires on 31 August 2023. Click here to access the permit search portal. (The permit may not be available for a few days.) If you have an adverse experience as a result of using this permit, you should complete the Non-Performance Reporting Form for Horticultural Pesticides form.


Celebrating the smashed avo

To celebrate 25-years of smashed avocado, we collaborated with international restaurateur Bill Granger to create the new avocado dish of 2018. Campaign coverage has reached more than 7.8 million potential avocado consumers. The avocado 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.


Ends tomorrow: free Avocado Directory listings

Last days to save your business $200! The Avocado Directory is an online service, helping to connect customers and businesses across the country. If you list before 1 September 2018 (that’s tomorrow!) you will receive a full year of free exposure to the Australian avocado industry, via the Avocado Directory. This represents a saving of $200 (+GST) for your business! Click here to apply or email Amanda on admin2@avocado.org.au to renew.

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Avocado nutrition review

A paper reviewing avocado nutrition can now be found in the Australian Agronomy section of the BPR Library. This review paper, by Simon Newett, Peter Rigden and Bridie Carr from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, includes results of a nutrition survey amongst Australian growers, a discussion by a number of agronomists of the results, information on recent nutrition research from around the world, typical practices from overseas and suggestions for future research.

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/.


New Assistant Ag Minister. 28/8/18.
Tasmanian Senator Richard Colback is the new Federal Assistant Minister for Agriculture, following this week’s changes in the Australian Government. David Littleproud continues as Agriculture Minister. Avocados Australia Chair, Jim Kochi, has congratulated both on their roles.

Extending the shelf life of fruit. 28/8/18.
Murdoch University is working with a Donnybrook (WA) packhouse as they endeavour to commercialise cold plasma technology to extend avocado shelf life.

Tasmania aiming to defeat fruit fly. 25/8/18.
The Tasmanian Government is confident the state is on track to be declared fruit fly free in January 2019.

Queensland man charged with avocado theft. 24/8/18.
A 41-year-old man who allegedly stole four tonnes, or $20,000 worth, of avocados from two south-east Queensland farms, has been charged by police.

Costa revenues up 7.3% on last year. 24/8/18.
Volumes from its farms in Central Queensland were circa 20% below expectations in 2017/18, while volumes from its Atherton farms in Far North Queensland were 20% above expectations. Read the investor release here.

Dry threatening avocado trees. 22/8/18.
“It’s nowhere near as bad as what farmers are facing out west, but it’s getting serious,” Peats Ridge grower Tim Kemp, who relies on surface water, says.

First fine for Hort Code breach. 18/8/18.
A Sydney fruit and vegetable wholesaler has become the first business to pay a $10,500 infringement notice for an alleged breach of the new Horticulture Code. The notice is for allegedly trading without having a written HPA in place.


New avocado health study. 28/8/18.
A group of Californians will be paid to eat an avocado a day, as part of a study into whether moderate consumption promotes weight loss. Click here for the study page.

NZ growers scrambling to keep up. 26/8/18.
Avocado production in New Zealand has risen from about 30,000 trees five years ago to over 200,000 trees this year. And new plantings are up 20%.

Exporters optimistic; planting continues. 24/8/18.
Global Avocado Market update from Fresh Plaza: Despite price pressure in Europe, it seems the international avocado market is yet to reach its limits.

Colombia expects to export 33,000t. 23/8/18.
Avocado have been revitalised, to the point that it is estimated that by the end of 2018, 33 thousand tonnes worth US$70 million will have been placed on the market.

Is the Chinese economy slowing? 22/8/18.
Welcome to China’s “consumption downgrade” culture, a potentially worrisome development for Beijing and the world. Quit avocado. Ride bikes instead of taxis. Drink beer instead of cocktails — and make sure that beer isn’t craft.

Mexican avocado sales to China skyrocket. 21/8/18.
Sales in the first half of the year were greater than they were in all of 2017. January-to-June sales totalled 9,368 tonnes, 7.1% more than the total for last year. Avocados are being targeted for a Mexican campaign to introduce a “pavilion” for the country on Alibaba. Meanwhile, water issues have reduced fruit sizes from the previous season.

Late start for Peruvian season. 21/8/18.
A late start for Peruvian avocados this summer means shippers should be able to stretch supplies into October. Meanwhile, Camposol (the biggest supplier of Peruvian Hass to the US) has paused its plans to list on the NY stock exchange. And the region of Cusco is positioning itself for Asian markets.

Netherlands: new avocado marketing. 20/8/18.
Cool Fresh International from Ridderkerk in the Netherlands has introduced the ‘Rise of a New Dawn’ campaign for the so-called Greenskin avocados.

Beirut’s avo bar, avo choc toast and more…
Lebanon is getting its first avocado bar, L’AVO in Beirut; avocado chocolate toast could be a “thing” but one food writer isn’t convinced; check out the million-dollar Australian avocado toast sculpture; the Brits are clearly doing Instagram wrong; Avocados from Chile introduces pro golfer Joaquin Niemann as their ambassador; and there's a new UK avocado dessert.


HARPS training dates set

The first of a series of dates for HARPS training courses start next week, in Queensland (see calendar below). The course has been designed to reflect the immediate needs for producers to meet the HARPS requirements, using case studies and practical examples where possible. In addition, the course will include Food Safety Risk assessment and the HACCP process. Attendees will receive a handbook, example templates and pro-formas that attendees can use to adapt to their own specific activities. The fee for the course is $680 per person (plus GST). To ensure each attendee is able to get the most out of the training, HARPS will try to cap the number of attendees to 15 per daily session. Other locations will be announced soon. For more information: https://harpsonline.com.au/.


Asia Fruit Logistica

Avocados Australia will be represented at the Australian avocado industry at Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong next week by our Communications Manager, Lisa Yorkston. 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. 




3 Sept – HARPS training course, Stanthorpe Q

4 Sept – HARPS training course, Brisbane Markets Q
4 Sept – Asiafruit Congress, Hong Kong

5 Sept – HARPS training course, Bundaberg Q (FULL)
5-7 Sept – Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong
8 Sept – Blackbutt Avocado Festival, Blackbutt Q
17 Sept – HARPS training course, Gatton Q

18-20 Sept – Nuffield Australia National Conference, Sydney NSW 
26 Sept – Fresh Produce Safety Conference, Sydney NSW
18-20 Oct – PMA Fresh Summit, Florida USA
2 Nov – Avocados Australia AGM, Brisbane Q
9-12 Nov – Australian Biological Farming Conference, Gold Coast Q
23 Nov – Hort Innovation AGM, Brisbane Q

24-25 Nov – Avocado Festival 2018, Araluen WA

6-8 Feb – Fruit Logistica Berlin 
23-27 Spt – IX World Avocado Congress, Colombia

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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.