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Avocados Australia Guacamole 10 January 2018

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


Welcome to 2018!

The Avocados Australia office has reopened for 2018! We’re looking forward to an exciting new year delivering on projects that benefit the Australian avocado industry.

Jim Kochi - Board Member

Avocado supplies will increase

Avocado lovers have noticed a drop in available supplies as the transition period is underway between the crop from Western Australia and New Zealand, to the Shepard crop from North Queensland. Avocados Australia Chair Jim Kochi says small numbers of North Queensland Shepard are already on the way to market, but it will be the end of January and into February before there are significant supplies from the region. “The size of the northern crop is average to good, so our avocado consumers should see improved supplies in four or five weeks," Mr Kochi says. "Avocados have different seasons around the country and the summer transition period is well-known for lower supplies. However, we should also start to see more supplies of Hass from Western Australia as the industry picks back up after the Christmas break.”

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New Zealand avocados escape storm damage

Despite largely escaping damage in recent storms, Seeka CEO Michael Franks has told FreshPlaza volumes are down an additional 10-20%, on his original estimate that volumes would be down 50% for the season. Mr Franks says the Australian market has been “good all year”.


Don't be smashed by the heat

Working on an avocado orchard can be very hot, so make sure you take steps to protect your workers and yourself from heat stress this summer. WorkSafe Queensland has provided a list of useful hints, and they also have an online heat stress calculator.


Encouraging horticulture industry innovation

Under a partnership with Hort Innovation, three Churchill Fellowships are being offered annually, specifically for international research on a topic related to horticulture. They will be awarded on the basis that the research undertaken will provide clear benefit to the Australian horticulture sector and, ultimately, to the wider community. Applications open on 1 February 2018.

Australian Avocados

Good Fat an avocado success

The Australian Avocados pop-up restaurant, Good Fat, closed its doors on 1 December 2017, after a very successful one-month activation. The PR campaign had amazing results: the food at the restaurant received rave reviews, with close to 2,000 meals served using nearly 500kg of avocado. See the latest marketing activity that’s helping Aussie consumers connect with (and eat!) Australian Avocados.


Have you listed in 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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New study group materials online

A range of presentations and reports from the late 2017 avocado study group events in South Queensland, Central New South Wales and Central Queensland have been added to the BPR Library, including presentations on remote sensing and disease updates.

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/.


Woolworth’s announces season changeover. 8/1/18.
The latest Woolworth’s fresh market update has told customers to be on the look out for Shepard avocados soon. North Queensland Shepard are expected to enter the market from February and Central Queensland’s from March. In the meantime, there’s also Hass coming in from the Tristate, Western Australia and New Zealand.


WHS investigation into death ongoing. 27/12/17.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland are continuing to investigate the death of a backpacker, who died after being pinned underneath a ride-on mower on an avocado farm in the Gold Coast in December.


New "mango-avocado" not actually an avo! 9/1/18.
A fruit doing the rounds of social media in Asia as a mango-avocado is not a strange new hybrid but rather a variety of arum manis mango popular in Indonesia.


Colombian exports to US continue. 8/1/18.
Colombian avocados will make their way to the US this month, despite reports of suspensions due to pest concerns late in 2017.


Mexico boosts in-store avocado promotion. 4/1/18.
Avocados from Mexico is following up on consumer research indicating 74% of shoppers would buy more avocados if they saw more store displays, as part of the 2018 Super Bowl promotions.


Mexico a step closer to Chinese market. 4/1/18.
Negotiations to open the Chinese market to avocados from Jalisco are advancing following a visit by Chinese health officials to validate production protocols in late December.


Peru expects 10-15% export increase. 4/1/18.
Peru expects 2018 Hass exports to increase 10-15% above 2017 levels as new areas enter into production and increased productive returns from plantations now entering the maturity stage.


US avocado supplies expecting increase. 22/12/17.
A large supply of avocados could soon be available on the US market, with promising crop estimates from California, Mexico and Peru.


Hort Connections 2018

Delegate registrations are now open for Hort Connections 2018, which will be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre from 18-20 June 2018. Hort Connections is a joint initiative between AUSVEG and the Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ), and will be co-hosted alongside a range of horticulture industry bodies. You can read more about the event in Fresh Plaza or the Hort Connections 2018 website.



6 Feb – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Mareeba, Qld
7 Feb – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Bowen, Qld
14-16 May – China Fruit Logistica, Shanghai
13-15 Jun – Irrigation Australia International Conference, Sydney
18-20 June – Hort Connections 2018, Brisbane
4 Sept – Asiafruit Congress, Hong Kong 
5-7 Sept – Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong

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.