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Avocados Australia Guacamole 21 December 2017

Welcome to the last edition of Guacamole for 2017. We'll be back in the new year, bringing you the latest avocado industry news every fortnight!


Avocados Australia Christmas office hours

The Avocados Australia office will be closed from Friday, 22 December for the Christmas and New Year period. We will be back on Monday, 8 January for an exciting new year delivering on projects and activities that benefit the Australian avocado industry. We wish you all a safe and happy festive season.


Simpson Farms receives Woolworths award

At last week’s Woolworth’s Supplier of the Year Awards, Queensland-based Simpson Farms was named the Fruit Supplier of the Year. The other finalists included Montague and Driscoll’s. Simpson Farms Director John Walsh says it is a great achievement by everyone within all areas of Simpson Farms, including our growers and business partners. “Without their efforts, we would not be able to deliver a high-quality product, consistently, to the service level required by Woolworths and their customers, which has been recognised by this award.”


Big crowd for final 2017 avocado study group

Ninety avocado growers and industry members turned out in the heat for the final avocado study group workshop of 2017, held near Blackbutt in South Queensland. The event, organised by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, included two orchard site visits and a range of research and industry updates.

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Marketing our Australian avocados

Managed by Hort Innovation on behalf of the industry, the Australian Avocados Facebook page is an important component of the industry’s marketing program. The page is liked by more than 190,000 consumers and audience continues to grow, with more than 4,000 new fans liking the page since October alone. See the latest marketing activity that’s helping Aussie consumers connect with (and eat!) Australian Avocados.


Your levy is hard at work: Hortlink

Don’t miss the latest edition of Hort Innovation’s Hortlink, which provides an update on all new, current and recently completed levy-funded activity in each levy industry. Check out the avocado section at www.horticulture.com.au/hortlink-2017-edition-4/avocado.


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.


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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Catch up on recent workshop presentations

A range of presentations and reports from recent avocado study group events in 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/.


Teachers' pension plan confirms Jasper Farms purchase. 20/12/17.
The Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan confirmed their purchase of Jasper Farms yesterday, however, the purchase price remains undisclosed.


Avocado in new Sumo Salad brekky bowls. 19/12/17.
Sumo Salad has brought out hot breakfast bowls, including avocado, that cost less than $10.


Avocado included in new baby food range. 17/12/17.
Fresh Produce Alliance’s Born Pure baby food range, including avocado in some blends, launched into Woolworths stores in three states last week.


Freshmax opens refurbished Brisbane centre. 15/12/17.
After a $5 million upgrade, the Brisbane Distribution and Ripening Centre at Rocklea, Brisbane, has been opened. The 10,000m2 site includes 34 ripening rooms.


Industry urged to submit plant biosecurity ideas. 15/12/17.
The nation’s recently formed Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI), is calling on industry and researchers to submit ideas for pest and disease management and prevention via its newly established website.


Stingless bee research starts. 14/12/17.
Researchers are boosting their understanding of native stingless bees as pollinators in a $10 million effort to help safeguard Australia’s horticultural supplies into the future. Read the project summary here.


Fruit farmers say they’re drowning in paperwork. 14/12/17.
Beard nets, daily tool registers, fruit picking picture books and empty boxes under lock and key — farmers say the bureaucracy around supplying supermarkets is about to get out of control.


WA producers looking for good 2018. 13/12/17.
While some avocado growers in Western Australia are experiencing average production it is not too much of a concern for the Southern Forests Food Council (SFFC), with expectations for a stronger 2018.


Australians to spend in supermarkets for Christmas. 13/12/17.
Australians may not spend in department stores this Christmas, but they are expected to increase their supermarket spend by 2.4%.


Next generation avocado researcher. 8/12/17.
Dr Louisa Parkinson has graduated from UQ with a PhD, having discovered three new species of fungi and fungal pathogens that cause disease in avocados.


Avocados third fastest growing UK product. 15/12/17.
The latest Nielson data has found avocados were the third fastest growing individual product of 2017 in the United Kingdom, with shoppers spending £29.8 million more than last year.


US avocado shoppers trend report. 13/12/17.
The highest-spending quarter of avocado shoppers account for nearly three-quarters of avocado purchases, says a new Hass Avocado Board report but they’re not the growth category.


US: faltering start for Colombian imports. 11/12/17.
Colombian avocado shipments to the US have yet to hit their stride due to the detection of pests at a number of farms certified for export to this market, and imports suspended.


Seedless avocados: media feeding frenzy. 8/12/17.
Fruitnet explores the marketing lessons from the seedless avocado craze while the New York Post reviews the fruit itself.


Wildfires burn out California avocado orchards. 8/12/17.
The wildfire that roared through the orchards of California has much of Ventura’s avocado crop not just with flames, but also with fierce winds and an ash blanket. The CAC reports 100s of avocado farms have been burnt across the state.


Super Bowl ad targets American consumers. 7/12/17.
Avocados from Mexico are tipped to have paid about $5 million to air a new ad show during the American Super Bowl. This is part of an ongoing campaign to get the 50% of Americans who don’t eat avocado, to the table.


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
21 Mar – PMA Fresh Connections, Shenzhen, China
14-16 May – China Fruit Logistica, Shanghai
13-15 Jun – Irrigation Australia International Conference, Sydney
18-20 June – Hort Connections 2018, Brisbane
23-25 Jul – New Zealand Horticulture Conference, Christchurch
4 Sept – Asiafruit Congress, Hong Kong 
5-7 Sept – Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong

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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.