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Avocados Australia Guacamole 4 August 2017

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


New horticulture brand to drive trade growth

Increasing avocado exports to 10% of production by 2021 is just part of the biggest ever trade push in Australian horticulture’s history, launched this week by Hort Innovation. The plan complements a $10.5 million investment into trade activities during the next year. A key component of the initiative is ‘Taste Australia’, an in-market export activity, promoting premium produce.

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Last chance to have your say!

Avocados Australia is calling on industry stakeholders to complete our Online Communication Survey ‐ this enters you into the draw to win $500! We want to know your views, what is important to you and how we can do the best job of providing you with industry-relevant information. The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey now closes on Monday and the prize winner will be announced in the Guacamole.


New fruit fly project to protect horticulture

A team of scientists in South Australia are providing a powerful new line of defence against one of horticulture's most damaging pests. The National Sterile Insect Facility in Port Augusta, is set to produce 50 million sterile male Queensland fruit flies a week by 2019 as part of a three-year project to safeguard the multi-billion dollar horticulture industry across South Australia and Victoria.

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Marketing our Australian avocados

A recent top performer for the Australian Avocados Facebook was a ‘Breakfast Hack’ video. Showing a simple yet creative way to use avocados, the post reached nearly 900,000 people and attracted 6,244 comments and almost 1,000 shares. The industry’s marketing is managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy. 


New Smart Farms initiative

In an environment where Australia needs to be increasingly competitive in international trade, and consumers are more discerning than ever, Hort Innovation has launched a multi-million-dollar Advanced Production Systems Fund. The Fund invests in outcomes including farm automation, plant genetics, data integration, and access or developing superior planting materials.


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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Transporting avocados

The Transport area of the Best Practice Resource has a range of information about temperature management, air flow management, stacking and securing the load, and transporting mixed loads. Preventing ripening during transport reduces the risk of chilling injury from fruit ripening at low temperatures and allows more flexibility for the customer, as fruit can be ripened as needed.

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


Avocado hot chocolate anyone? 03/08/17.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery have turned avocado into a sweet tooth’s delight for their annual Hot Chocolate Festival. The hot chocolate features a quarter of an avocado mixed with milk and white chocolate.


Power bills could cut fresh food spending. 28/07/17.

Power bills are forcing some Australians to make unhealthy food choices, the Coles supermarket chain warns. Families are having to trade off buying healthy food as they balance higher power costs with record slow wages growth.


Meal kits slowly growing in popularity. 27/07/17.

On average, food boxes are purchased every two weeks and online spend per year is $1,084 wherein ready meals are bought three times a month and these shoppers spend $453 per year.


Sunfresh’s new venture has Hong Kong export win. 25/07/17.

Sunfresh Marketing has shipped more than 13 orders of fresh avocado, as well as avocado pulp, to a Hong Kong importer that it met during HOFEX, Asia’s premier food and hospitality trade show.


Groundbreaking spotting bug lure. 25/07/17.

A Queensland Government-developed pest lure and trap, 25 years under development, has been released to assist the state’s fruit and nut growers boost production and slash control costs.


AmazonFresh impacts may be “overplayed”. 24/07/17.

Recent research by IBISWorld indicates that concerns relating to the impending entry of AmazonFresh in 2018 have been overplayed in the Australian Supermarkets and Grocery Stores industry.


WA report says premium foods have billion dollar potential. 07/07/17.

The top 20 premium food and beverage products with prime growth potential for Western Australia have been profiled in the Premium Agrifood Market Opportunity report, commissioned by the State Government.


Increase in avocado value benefits South African producers. 03/08/17.

It is boom time for SA’s avocado producers with a more than 150% rise in the world avocado price. In addition, there appears to be higher demand for green-skinned cultivars in the European market this season.


American production expected to rise. 02/08/17.

Conventional avocado volume is projected to reach 2.275 billion pounds in 2017, according to the Mission Viejo, Californian-based Hass Avocado Board — a 90 million-pound increase from 2,189 billion pounds in 2016.


California prepares to tackle laurel wilt. 01/08/17.

So far, the disease has not spread to California but it is actively threatening Florida’s $100 million avocado industry, according to a news release. University of Florida scientists will be sharing information on ways to combat the wilt.


Avocado stays in Japan’s top 3 fruit imports. 31/07/17.

Bananas, kiwifruit and avocados have remained the top three fresh fruit imports for Japan in terms of value in 2017. However, avocado imports dropped from 37,317 tonnes to 31,501 tonnes, valued at ¥12,372m (US$111.92m).


Mexico doesn’t rule out avocado imports. 31/07/17.

The Mexican Government’s secretary for the economy hasn’t ruled out importing avocado to meet domestic demand for the fruit. If imports happen, they are most likely to be from Peru or Chile.


US: Chipotle looks to new non-avocado menu items. 31/07/17.

Chipotle Mexican Grill’s plans to introduce queso is probably in large part derived from a desire to offset rising avocado prices. Among the new items is a cheese dip, spurred both by customer requests and the rising cost of avocados.


European avocado demand remains high. 26/07/17.

The appetite for avocados across the globe shows no sign of waning, as the latest figures from ITC show, with imports between 2012 and 2016 growing from the US to Australia, China to Scandinavia and beyond.


Avocado might help combat cognitive ageing. 25/07/17.

People with higher levels of lutein, a nutrient commonly found in kale and eggs, were more cognitively on par with younger people than their peers with lower lutein levels, a new study reports.

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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.

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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.



16 Aug – Waterwise Irrigation Expo, Connelly, WA
17 August – CQ Avocado Study Group, Bundaberg
17 Aug – Growcom Hort Code workshop, Mareeba Qld
22 Aug – Growcom Hort Code workshop, Gayndah Qld
23 Aug – Growcom Hort Code workshop, Bundaberg Qld
24 Aug – Growcom Hort Code workshop, Gatton Qld
31 Aug – Growcom Hort Code workshop, Stanthorpe Qld
6-8 Sept – Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong
26-28 Sept – Science Protecting Plant Health, Brisbane
12 Oct – North Qld Study Group
2 Nov – CNSW Study Group
16 Nov – CQ Study Group
30 Nov – South Qld Study Group

18-20 June - Hort Connections 2018

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.