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Avocados Australia Guacamole 16 February 2018

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

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Australia signs Peru FTA

An agreement that reduces tariffs on Australian horticulture into Peru was signed by the Australian Government this week. However, Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas says the industry will be carefully watching for moves to import from Peru to Australia. “We know there is keen interest from the Latin American country in sending the Superfoods of Peru to Australia, including avocados,” he said. “Obviously there are still quarantine requirements that will have to be met before any fresh produce can enter; Avocados Australia is closely monitoring this situation. In addition, we have worked with Hort Innovation to commission a new project, to assess the potential impact of imports from Peru and Chile. This project will be undertaken in the coming months.”

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New national horticulture council

The National Farmers’ Federation has launched a Horticulture Council to enhance the interests of the sector. Avocados will be represented on the council via the Voice of Horticulture (VoH). VoH Chair Tania Chapman says as Australia’s fastest growing agricultural sector, it is imperative there is a clear understanding of horticulture at the highest policy level, which is Canberra.

Australian Avocados

New marketing campaign on the way!

Australians will be tempted with a new campaign explaining how 'Avocados make everything better'. The new avocado marketing campaign revolves around key messages of wellness and versatility and includes television, online and out of home activities. See the latest marketing activity that’s helping Aussie consumers connect with (and eat!) Australian Avocados.

Jim Kochi - Board Member

Bumper crop possible in NQ

North Queensland grower and Avocados Australia chairman Jim Kochi says avocado production in Australia had more than doubled in the past five years and may reach three million trays this year. Mr Kochi told the North Queensland Register his local region would contribute to that, with recent large planting expansions coming online from this year.

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Bright future for avocado

In its latest Ag Answers report, Rural Bank has labelled avocados as a fruit category to watch in 2018. The report cites increased production with additional plantings, the popularity of avocados via Australia’s café culture, increased wholesale prices and ongoing R&D work for the mention.


Have your say on future R&D

It is important that our next round of industry R&D activity has a strong on-farm productivity focus, to complement the research already being undertaken. At the end of 2017, Hort Innovation and Avocados Australia hosted an initial forum attended by researchers, experts and industry leaders to identify key areas. Very soon we will email all industry members a survey, to help us refine priorities within genetics and propagation, disease, pests and insects, crop production, precision ag and fruit handling.


HARPS timeline extension

Based on the feedback from low volume producers requesting more implementation time, a number of provisions have been made to the rollout of the Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme (HARPS). Tier 2 suppliers that may require HARPS approval will have until 1 January 2019. However, these businesses should register their interest in achieving HARPS approval at www.harpsonline.com.au by 30 June 2018.


Free online: The Australian Farmer

You can click here to access your free copy of The Australian Farmer, featuring more than 280 pages of informative and instructive articles designed specifically for Australian farmers.


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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Check out the new & improved Learning module

There has been an exciting major new addition to the Best Practice Resource (BPR) for 2018. The new Learning module provides registered BPR users with access to online learning in six key industry areas: growing, packhouse, retail, ripening, transport and wholesale. You can choose to complete any of the courses, as they are offered individually. For example, if you are a ripener, you may only want to complete the ripening course.

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/.


Ausmarket says price relief “in sight”. 12/2/18.
Ausmarket’s Jon Brewer says Shepards are now coming into season. In the month of January Queenslanders spent $8 million on avocados.


Good Fat cafe a “bold move”. 10/2/18.
An Australian nutrition business has labelled last year’s Good Fat by Australian Avocados a bold move, but one backed by Australian consumer research. NNB says only 7% of Australians now believe all fat is bad, with 76% aware only some fats are bad for you.


Avo production working to keep pace with demand. 6/2/18.

While brunch-goers and smashed avo lovers might be fretting over the shortage, Comboyne avocado producer Kevin Debreceny says prices have never been better for those on the farm.


Dominos extends avocado offerings. 5/2/18.
As well as pizzas, Dominos has included avocados as one of the “on-trend” ingredients for a new range of oven-baked sandwiches.


Covent Garden avocado pop-up: UK. 14/2/18.
As a prelim to a dedicated avocado restaurant, a pop-up version of Avobar will be operating just off Covent Garden from 22 February.


UV light may extend avocado shelf life. 12/2/18.
A combination of using a beam of shortwave ultraviolet light to kill off bacteria spores, and modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) that could extend avocado shelf-life has been developed in the UK.


Avocado restaurant funded by Sharks. 12/2/18.
The owners of Brooklyn’s Avocaderia have secured funding via US TV show The Shark Tank to open 20 more avocado-themed restaurants.


India asks Chile for trial avocado shipment. 12/2/18.
India has asked Chile to send a trial shipment of blueberries and avocado and complete a pest risk analyses of five commodities.


Mexican avocados at China’s JD.com. 9/2/18.
Ripe avocados from Mission Produce and Lantao in China have had their initial delivery via JD.com's first ‘offline supermarket’. 7Fresh includes smart shopping carts, sensor-activated product information, integrating online and offline shopping.


First New Zealand avos enter China. 8/2/18.
The first airfreighted consignment of fresh New Zealand avocados arrived safely in China, for use at an industry event in Shanghai. China is expected to be a significant market for New Zealand avocados.


New pallet shroud overwrap. 8/2/18.
The new product, which has the potential to increase the life of long-distance shipped produce, is currently undergoing trials.


Mission avocados now Heart-check certified. 8/2/18.
Mission Produce will run a #CheckMeOut campaign for American Heart Month, including sharing recipes developed by registered dieticians.


Chinese port intercepts moth-infested avocados. 7/2/18.
The Zhuhai Import and Export Office for Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine revealed on their website that their technical centre recently discovered larvae in an intercepted shipment of avocados from Jiuzhou port. They were raised and identified in accordance with plant quarantine protocol for avocado imports from Mexico and Peru; this was the first time a Chinese port has intercepted moth infested avocados.


Kenyan export ban lifted. 6/2/18.
The government of Kenya has lifted last month’s ban on avocado exports but have set out new criteria to ensure only mature fruit is picked and dispatched.


World Avocado Congress - 2019

The website for the World Avocado Congress 2019 has been launched. The 23-27 September 2019 event in Colombia will include workshops, presentations of scientific investigations, tours and associated activities.



27 Apr - Churchill Fellowship applications close
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
26 Spt – Fresh Produce Safety Conference, Sydney

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

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.