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Avocados Australia Guacamole 19 January 2018

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

Jim Kochi - Board Member

Avocado supplies picking up

Avocados Australia chair Jim Kochi has been reassuring avocado lovers that supplies of their favourite fruit are improving. Mr Kochi has spoken with media outlets from Perth to Cairns in the last week, spelling out details of improving supplies from Western Australia, New Zealand and other Australian regions.


Hort Innovation CEO retiring

After eight years leading Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) and Hort Innovation, chief executive John Lloyd will step down in the second half of 2018. “It’s been an honour to work with the wonderful variety of industries, the quality of leadership, and the professionalism of the employees inside Hort Innovation, and across Australian horticulture more broadly,” he said.


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. Applications open on 1 February 2018. If you are keen to hear more about Churchill Fellowships generally, the Churchill Trust is hosting an information roadshow across the country through February and March. Click here for the roadshow details.

Australian Avocados

Avocado digital campaign

A three-month digital campaign went live from September to mid-December 2017, to keep avocados top of mind for consumers. The campaign had more than 2.1 million impressions, targeting food, recipes and cooking related content. 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/.


Avocado supplies in the news
In the post-New Year period there has been a host of media about avocado availability in Australia, including the Channel 10, Channel 9 and the Financial Review, among others.


Avocado farm leads Queensland sales this year. 16/1/18.
An avocado farm with 8,000 fruiting trees is riding a wave of hipster success, becoming one of the most expensive Queensland properties sold so far this year.


Jasper Farms purchaser announces new Australian arm. 15/1/18.
David Goodfellow will take the reins at AustOn Corporation, the newly formed local offshoot of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP).


Avocados a staple part of the weekly shop. 12/1/18.
“It’s becoming such a high purchase frequency product, it’s almost like bananas,” Cameron Carter, from New Zealand’s Seeka, told Asiafruit.


Australians spending more on fresh fruit. 10/1/18.
Consumers might be spending more on fresh fruit and vegetables but they’re eating less of it, new Nielson research has found.


Colombia’s first avocado bar to open. 18/1/18.
“Colombia is the third biggest producer of avocado in the world, why wouldn't we do something?" said Ximena Hoyos, who will open La Avocaderia in Medellin at the end of February.


Peru’s Ica region export stats. 18/1/18.
Ica exported 35,670 tons in 2017, 76.80% to Europe, United States (16.74%), the Asian continent (3.45%), Central America (2.25%), and South America (0.77%).


Avocado seed husk has cancer-fighting properties. 18/1/18.
But there’s a big but! As positive as this sounds, the researchers warn there are other compounds in the husk listed as cancerous and it should only be consumed after processing. 


New leader for Chilean Hass Avocado Committee. 15/1/18.
Francisco Contardo Sfeir has taken the reins as general manager of Chile’s Hass Avocado Committee, after previous head Juan Enrique Lazo took on a new role with UPAC Trading in November last year.


California confident fires won’t hinder production. 15/1/18.
The California avocado industry experienced significant damage during the record-setting Thomas Fire, which has burned approximately 281,893 acres.


NZ avocado festival draws crowds. 15/1/18.
Now in its 15th year, the Katikati Avocado Food and Wine Festival had a steady stream of visitors.


Avo consumption set to double in China. 10/1/18.
Avocado sales to China are expected to more than double this year as demand continues to grow for the fruit from the country's expanding middle-class population.


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. More details are available on the Hort Connections 2018 website



1 Feb - Churchill Fellowship applications open
6 Feb – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Mareeba, Qld
7 Feb – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Bowen, Qld
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

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.