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Avocados Australia Guacamole 24 November 2017

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


Mapping tool for avocado orchards released

Australia’s tree crop industry has a new online tool for biosecurity and disaster planning and responses. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston says the new mapping tool helps to safeguard the future of tree crop industries by pinpointing the precise location and coverage of farms to support biosecurity planning.

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Telstra Business Woman’s award win for WA

Western Australia’s Jennie Franceschi, Fresh Produce Alliance, was this week named the 2017 Telstra Australian Business Women’s Corporate and Private Award winner. Award Ambassador Joe Pollard says the awards raise the profile of women in business. “Women are instrumental in driving better organisational performance, increased competitive advantage and, more generally, a thriving economy.”

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Avocado prices unlikely to fall

Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas has had to break the disappointing news for consumers this week that supplies in 2017-18 will be steady. On the back of comments about potential prices, consumers had been keen for lower prices, but Mr Tyas says this is unlikely with a lower than expected fruit set in Australia and a reduced New Zealand crop.

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Hort Innovation AGM - changes passed

Levy payers will now have a greater say in relation to the Board of Hort Innovation with two resolutions passed today at the AGM. Firstly, the Director Nomination Committee will now include a levy payer, to be selected by the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources or their appointee. Secondly, Hort Innovation voting members will now be able to elect the majority of the Board, rather than the Board appointing the majority of the Board. These are significant changes that will come into effect in 2018. The third resolution which sought to change the voting entitlements of members was not passed.

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Avocado digital campaign underway

As part of Hort Innovation’s grower levy-funded marketing activity for the industry, a three-month digital campaign is underway to keep avocados top of mind. The latest digital activity has now been live for about eight weeks, and includes both a 30 and 15-second television commercial on catch-up TV sites and YouTube. See the latest marketing activity that’s helping Aussie consumers connect with (and eat!) Australian Avocados.


Good Fat promoting avocados

While in Sydney this week, Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas took a moment to visit Good Fat, Australia's first pop up avocado cafe. The cafe, funded via grower marketing levies and organised by Australian Avocados, has now been open for three weeks. "The versatility of avocado is really on display at Good Fat - from the Fat Avo Tostada to the Avoconetto icecream," Mr Tyas said.

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OrchardInfo Tree Census and productivity survey

If you haven’t completed your 2017 OrchardInfo Tree Census and Productivity Survey please do it as soon as possible. This data is now overdue. This information helps us with long-term industry planning. Both are very short, and should be very quick to complete. Call Amanda or Sue on 07 3846 6566 for the details.


Final call for EOIs for leadership development

Women currently working in the agriculture sector have a final opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $8,000 to support participation in an accredited leadership development program. EOIs have to be submitted by 15 December; find out more at www.wla.edu.au/farmingagriculture.


Hort Innovation membership

Hort Innovation is encouraging all growers to complete their membership of Hort Innovation. Paying a levy does not automatically make you a member of Hort Innovation, you must complete the membership form. Other industry members can register as a stakeholder or register for the Growing Innovation newsletter.


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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Pollination reports added to the Library

A range of new flowering observation reports from across the country are now available in the BPR Library in the newly created Australian agronomy folder. You can also find these reports via the "related resources" link in the Pollination article in the Growing section.

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. If you are already registered, log into the BPR and click on “What’s new on the BPR” on the welcome page. You can log in (or request access!) via www.avocado.org.au/best-practice-resource/.


Dominos adds avocado to toppings range. 22/11/17.
The pizza conglomerate it set to launch its new avocado-topped range on 11 December, despite predictions that there will be a shortage in supply of the popular fruit this summer.


CSIRO releases new transport modelling tool. 21/11/17.
TraNSIT works by analysing every possible combination of transport routes and modes (road and rail) and determining those that optimise vehicle movements between enterprises in the agriculture supply chain.


New horticultural research centre in 2018. 20/11/17.
Avocado researcher Dr Neena Mitter will head up the new Centre for Horticultural Science, to be launched at The University of Queensland in 2018, to respond to the demand for plant-based foods, vegetables, fruit and nuts that improve human health.


Biosecurity legislation consultation opens. 17/11/17.
The Australian Government has started consultation on an exposure draft of the Biosecurity Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2017. Proposed changes include enhancing information gathering powers, technical adjustments and to provide an improved ability to amend legislated biosecurity import conditions in response to changing biosecurity risk.


Jasper Farms sale confirmed. 14/11/17.
Owner Neil Delroy has confirmed the sale of Jasper Farms to the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Funds, but not the final sale price.


Varroa mite campaign in third phase. 14/11/17.
The National Varroa Mite Eradication Program, implemented after the detection of varroa mites (Varroa jacobsoni) in Townsville in June 2016, has entered into the third stage of the response – proof of area freedom.


Australians will cut groceries before entertainment. 14/11/17.
The latest ALDI Household Expenses report indicates 37% of Aussie households are concerned about their ability to pay for expenses, but they’ll cut the grocery spend before Netflix.


Europe demands 200% more Michoacan avocados. 21/11/17.
The demand for Michoacan's avocados in countries such as the Netherlands and Spain has increased by more than 200%, diversifying the region’s markets.


Costa Rica eases entry requirements for Mexico. 21/11/17.
Costa Rica will receive Hass avocados from Mexico in containers, as long as they come certified as free from sunspot or that they come from areas that have been certified free from this pest.


Chinese consumers introduced to ripe and ready packs. 20/11/17.
Packs with avocados at several stages of ripeness are being used to educate Chinese consumers about the fruits.


Fresh produce “part of food culture”. 20/11/17.
Fresh produce companies have been told the next generation of consumers rely on visual inspiration, rather than the contents of their kitchens, when choosing meals.


Bagged avocados popular with US consumers. 20/11/17.
Bagged avocados continue to be a US consumer favourite, and most major grower-shippers say they’re stepping up production. At the same time, reusable plastic containers are not as popular.


New Zealand closer to Chinese access. 20/11/17.
The country’s Ministry for Primary Industries and China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision (AQSIQ) signed a protocol outlining approved export requirements late last week.


US guacamole recall extended. 20/11/17.
Casa Sanchez Foods is expanding a recall of Real Gaucamole after Listeria Monocytogenes was found in two samples. Production has ceased until the source of the pathogen is found.


Glasgow gets its first avocado restaurant. 19/11/17.
Scotland’s first avocado-themed restaurant has opened in Glasgow. Avo Avo ordered 2000 avocados for the opening and ran out.


Camposol looks to raise $345 million. 17/11/17.
Peruvian-based fresh produce marketer Camposol has filed paperwork for an initial public offering of the company’s stock on the New York Stock Exchange.


US: Dollar stores a new channel for fresh avocado sales. 17/11/17.
In 2016, 73% of all avocado purchases were made in traditional grocery stores but there were a number of “emerging channels,” such as the internet and dollar stores.


Chile exports more avocados to China than Mexico. 17/11/17.
From 2016 to 2017, Chile exported more than 13,000 tons of avocados to the Chinese market, replacing Mexico as the largest supplier of avocado to China. In the same period, the price of imported fruit rose.

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Final 2017 Avocado Study Group Workshop!

Come along to the final avocado growers' study group workshop for 2017, hosted by Simon Newett, QDAF, at Blackbutt in South Queensland on Thursday, 7 December. This is the 42nd avocado study group workshop in the past three years.


Horticulture Code of Conduct workshops: WA

vegetablesWA is holding Horticulture Code of Conduct information sessions, including a presentation about Horticulture Produce Agreements (HPAs) and how they will affect grower dealings with wholesalers.
The events are:

  • 28 November - Wanneroo Tavern, Dundebar Road, Wanneroo, 5pm-7pm
  • 29 November - Binningup Country Club, Lakes Parade, Binningup, 5pm-7pm
  • 12 December – location TBC, Gingin, 5pm-7pm.

For more information, please see the vegetablesWA website. To RSVP for any of these events, please contact Sam Grubisa on 0427 373 037 or at sam.grubisa@vegetableswa.com.au.



7 Dec – South Qld Study Group (note date change)

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
4 Sept – Asiafruit Congress 
5-7 Sept – Asia Fruit Logistica

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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.