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Avocados Australia Guacamole 1 September 2017

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


Australians eating more avocado than ever

Australians ate about 86,000 tonnes of avocados in 2016/17. Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas said based on the latest industry figures, Australians ate about 3.5kg of avocado per person in the last year, a significant jump from 3.2kg/person the previous year. Production in the last financial year was 66,000t and is expected to reach 75,000t by June next year.


New chemical approved for spotting bug

Dow AgroSciences’ Transform™ has this week been approved for use in avocados, targeting fruit spotting bug (Amblypelta nitida) and banana spotting bug (A. lutescens lutescens). Transform was evaluated as part of avocado levy funded project A multi target approach to fruitspotting bug (MT10049). “Transform™, has an excellent IPM profile, being soft to beneficial arthropods, and also has excellent efficacy on a broad range of sap-feeding insect pests,” Dow AgroSciences’ Dr Rob Annetts said.


Phosphorous acid off-label permit extended

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has recently granted a permit extension to Liquid Fertiliser Pty Ltd (trading as Agrichem) for the use of phosphorus acid as a foliar application on avocados for Phytophthora root rot until 30 September, 2019 (PER14813). Agrichem is in the process of seeking a label registration for this use.


Avocados Australia at Asia Fruit Logistica

The avocado industry will be represented at AsiaFruit Logistica by Avocados Australia’s CEO John Tyas, and north Queensland grower Andrew Serra. The event is in Hong Kong, from 6-8 September with 43 exhibiting nations take part. Hort Innovation has coordinated a major display, promoting the new Taste Australia campaign. Doing his part, John will be serving delicious avocado smoothies and advocating the benefits of Australian avocados.

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Potential early 2018 Queensland avocado season

Early indications are pointing to an extended Queensland avocado season next year, with some fruit already appearing on trees in the far north. Avocados Australia’s John Tyas recently told the ABC next year’s harvest in Australia looked more promising than 2017’s.

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Marketing our Australian avocados

The Australian Avocados Facebook page has been liked by more than 186,000 consumers so far. In July, there were four video ads posted by the page, as well as the Betoota Advocate posts discussed in the last Guacamole. Overall, more than 1.2 million people were reached by Australian Avocados content in July. See the latest marketing activity that’s helping Aussie consumers connect with (and eat!) Australian Avocados.


The Hort Code of Conduct for traders and growers

Growers and traders need to comply with the mandatory Horticulture Code when buying and selling horticulture produce. The Code was updated on 1 April 2017 and now applies to all trading arrangements between a grower and a merchant or agent. You can read more about Horticulture Produce agreements for growers here, and for traders here.


#AvoFairGo: Virgin Mobile marketing campaign

The Betoota Advocate and Virgin Mobile are defending millennials and avocados with an #AvoFairGo mockumentary investigation into some Facebook “Avo-Cates”. The Avo-Cate movement is revealed to be farmers sticking up for millennials and discussing how Virgin Mobile is doing the same with their fair data offerings.


Have you seen the new Avocado Directory?

Avocados Australia is now welcoming listing applications from industry stakeholders for the new Avocado Directory. The directory allows easy access to all sorts of businesses that play a role in the avocado industry. Whether you are a buyer or seller of products or services, this directory can help you. 

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Latest study group materials in the Library!

The latest content within the Best Practice Resource (BPR) section of the Avocados Australia website are a host of materials from the Avocado Study Group Workshops held so far this year. 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. If you are already registered, log into the BPR and click on “What’s new on the BPR” on the welcome page.

  • The Tamborine & Northern Rivers Study Group event notes and presentations from the 18 May event.
  • The South Queensland Study Group event notes and presentations from the 15 June event.
  • The Central Queensland Study Group event presentations from the 17 August event.
  • The North Queensland Study Group event presentations from the 13 July event.
  • The Tristate Study Group event presentations from the 25 & 27 July events.
  • The Western Australia Study Group event presentations from the 20 & 22 June events.
  • The Central NSW Study Group event presentations from the 1 June event.


You can log in (or request access!) via www.avocado.org.au/best-practice-resource/.


Plant Health Australia call for non-executive directors.

Plant Health Australia Limited (PHA) has opened applications for non-executive Directors of the company. PHA is a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee and is the lead national coordinating body for plant biosecurity. Applications close 8 September.


Mallee farmers combine avocado, citrus and pistachio. 30/08/17.

On three blocks of land in Victoria’s marginal Mallee region, two generations of the Chislett family work in an operation tying citrus, avocado and pistachio production with an on-farm nursery selling rootstock and trees across Australia.


Sandwich shops gaining as fish & chips decline. 20/08/17.

Fast food options better aligned with health are taking the business fish & chip shops are losing. It is expected the sandwich shop industry will grow at an annualised 3% over the five years through 2017-18 to $2.1 billion.


New on the spot fines for powerline breaches. 29/08/17.

Queensland inspectors can now issue on the spot penalties of up to $3,000 to businesses failing to identify the risks and implement the appropriate controls around powerlines.


Riverland police find allegedly stolen avocados. 25/08/17.

Police officers in South Australia’s Riverlands are attempting to trace the source of hundreds of avocados recovered during a property search of a Renmark home. Any leads can be reported to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.


World first plant growing technique to boost avocado production. 24/08/17.

Professor Neena Mitter, from QAAFI at the University of Queensland, said a $636,000 grant would enable researchers and industry partners to launch field trials of the technique early next year.


Costa Group revenue increase for 2016/17. 24/08/17.

Revenue from the group’s fresh produce segment rose 9.4% to $786.2 million. Costa’s avocado category now includes production and trading, after the purchase of Avocado Ridge in January. The company plans to become an avocado market leader.


Avocado and social media success. 29/08/17.

The rise of the avocado and its popularity on Instagram has coincided with the blurring of lines between food and social media. The rise of social media has worked to catapult avocados into their ongoing reign as king of contemporary foods. 


Cinco de Mayo sets another US consumption record. 29/08/17.

US retailers set a Cinco de Mayo record for avocado sales, surpassing $54 million for the holiday week. HAB’s recently released Q2 2017 Holiday and Events study shows shoppers were undeterred by high prices.


Colombian Hass production to double in three years. 24/08/17.

New Hass plantings in Colombia expected to come online in the next three years could put Colombia at the top of international export.


Mexico: Jalisco expects to export 132% more avocado. 23/08/17.

A ban on exports to the US has led the Jalisco region to focus on consolidation in other export markets for 90,000t of its harvest. Currently the main export market is Japan.


Chile expects to export to India this year. 22/08/17.

Agricultural and trade officials from India recently visited Chile to inspect pest control procedures in fields and packhouses. Chilean delegates will be in India this month ahead of Asia Fruit Logistica.


New Zealand starts season’s exports. 22/08/17.

The New Zealand avocado season is under way with the first exports already en route to Asia. As expected, the New Zealand avocado industry volume will be down by around 50% on last year’s record crop.


Avocado seed husk research potential. 21/08/17.

Chemists have found molecules in the husks of avocado seeds that could be useful in medicines, cosmetics and other products. More than 130 different compounds are found in the husks' oil and wax.


Maluma commercialisation close for Chile and Israel. 21/08/17.

The Maluma avocado, commercially launched in 2007, is currently commercially cultivated in South Africa, Australia, Peru and Spain with commercialisation imminent in Chile and Israel.


Research underway on avocado impact on gut health. 21/08/17.

New research conducted by Plant & Food Research in New Zealand has found avocados may be good for gut health. As this trial worked with a known safe and beneficial food, the next step could be testing in humans.

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Avocado Study Group Workshops

All growers! Come along to an avocado study group workshop hosted by Simon Newett, QDAF, for access to knowledge that will lead to more consistent high yields of good-quality avocados.


Health, safety and people management skills workshops

Queensland’s agricultural industries are working together to help farm businesses reduce risks and increase efficiency and compliance through a series of one-day workshops across the state. The Workplace Essentials workshops, funded by the Queensland Government and coordinated through the Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN), will focus on providing farm employers and team leaders with practical information and resources to enhance workplace health and safety and people management skills. 2017 events are scheduled for: Lockyer Valley (15 Sept), Gayndah (26 Sept), Bundaberg (27 Sept), Mareeba (17 Oct), South Johnstone (18 Oct), Rockhampton (24 Oct), Gympie (2 Nov), Caboolture (14 Nov) and Logan (22 Nov). In 2018, there will be events at Mackay (6 Feb) and Bowen (7 Feb).

Click here for more information and to register online.


Free seminars with Dr Avner Silber

International irrigation and fertiliser expert Dr Avner Silber is returning to Australia to present at a series of seminars from Mareeba to Renmark in September.

  • Monday 4 September, Mareeba Football Club
  • Tuesday 5 September, Exchange Hotel, Kilcoy
  • Wednesday 6 September, Cordalba Hotel Bundaberg/Childers
  • Thursday 7 September, Renmark Club

These free events are hosted by Haifa and Netafim; they all start at 4pm and finish at 6.30pm with a light meal/barbecue. For more information or to RSVP contact Netafim State Manager Jeremy Evans on 0417 584 581 or jeremy.evans@netafim.com or Haifa Agronomist Peter Anderson on 0459 488 850 or peter.anderson@haifa-group.com.



6-8 Sept – Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong
15 Sept – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Lockyer Valley, Qld
26 Sept – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Gayndah, Qld
27 Sept – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Bundaberg, Qld
12 Oct – North Qld Study Group
17 Oct – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Mareeba, Qld
18 Oct – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, South Johnstone, Qld
24 Oct – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Rockhampton, Qld
2 Nov – CNSW Study Group
2 Nov – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Gympe, Qld
14 Nov – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Caboolture, Qld
22 Nov – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Logan, Qld
16 Nov – CQ Study Group
30 Nov – South Qld Study Group

6 Feb – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Mareeba, Qld
7 Feb – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Bowen, Qld
18-20 June - Hort Connections 2018

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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.