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Avocados Australia Guacamole 29 September 2017

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

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Avocado industry aiming for record

Australia is on track to produce a record 75,000 tonnes of avocados in 2017-18, according to Avocados Australia. CEO John Tyas says he hopes that figure can increase to above 100,000 by 2025, with supply currently met by strong demand across all seasons. "The market has been strong for avocados through winter, a reflection of the demand from consumers."

Avocado director receives Nuffield Scholarship

Western Australia’s Dudley Mitchell has just been announced as a 2018 Nuffield Scholarship recipient. Dudley, from Bunbury, has received a scholarship supported by Woolworths, and will investigate current trends in canopy management of avocado orchards and the cultural practices that will need to be addressed when considering high-density planting.


Avocado grower wins NQ award

Mareeba grower Matthew Perkes was named winner of the Charlie Nastasi Horticultural Farmer Award at the recent Mareeba District Fruit and Vegetable Industry dinner. He impressed the judges with his avocado and lime operation, which has benefited from a carefully crafted fertilising and watering regime using a minimal amount of pesticides and chemicals.


Gruen pitches anti-avocado campaign...

Each week, ABC TV’s Gruen asks two advertising agencies to pitch ads to sell the unsellable, which last week was an avocado attack ad. Even in his introduction, host Wil Anderson admits “they’re delicious, I love them, which is why it’s about time we heard from the opposition”. “We’re now eating 3.5kg of avocado each per year, recognising their health benefits (avocados contain healthy fats with a quarter of an avocado (50g) providing 3g of monounsaturated fats), and using them everywhere from breakfast to dessert,” says AAL CEO John Tyas. “It’s a good sign that Gruen considers turning Australians away from avocado an unsellable idea!"

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Marketing our Australian avocados

More than 1.6 million people were reached by Australian Avocados content on Facebook in August, the second highest result to date for the page. See the latest marketing activity that’s helping Aussie consumers connect with (and eat!) Australian Avocados.


Women in horticulture scholarships open

Women who are current and emerging leaders in the horticulture industry can apply for a leadership development scholarship opportunity valued at up to $5,470, co-funded by Hort Innovation and Women & Leadership Australia. The funding is for women in horticulture who are emerging leaders or have mid-level management and leadership experience. EOIs close 27 October.


Latest Hortlink available now

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. Also look out for new the 'ACT NOW' tags to easily identify project resources and information you can make use of straight away.


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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Latest study group materials in the Library!

The latest content within the Best Practice Resource (BPR) section of the Avocados Australia website is a host of materials from recent Avocado Study Group Workshops, including meeting minutes from the Western Australian events. 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/.


Comboyne's avocado feature. 24/09/17.
Comboyne produce is always popular, and this year the Spring Spectacular featured the avocado industry, with Avocado Australia Ltd and the opportunity to talk with local growers and try the Comboyne Avocados.


Sterile fruit fly breeding boost. 21/09/17.
Australian researchers have developed a new type of fly food that can help double the number of "sexy" sterile Queensland fruit flies being reared in laboratories.


Cocaine found in EU avocado shipment. 27/09/17.
The customs office at Düsseldorf airport has secured a shipment of 5 tons of avocados containing 73 kilograms of cocaine. The avocados were on a plane as cargo from Puerto Plata, the Dominican Republic.


Colombian avocado at China’s gates. 26/09/17.
Colombia's admissibility process for the entry of Hass avocado into the Chinese market is a priority on the bilateral agricultural agenda. A Chinese health authority delegation is expected in-country next month.


Gem marketed to Tesco shoppers. 26/09/17.
Westfalia Fruit is marketing the availability of Gem at “select stores” for a “limited period only”.


The Avocado Show prepares global push. 25/09/17.
An all-avocado restaurant in the Netherlands is preparing a global push, franchising its concept. Separately, Glasgow’s first avocado restaurant opens next month.


Dramatic increase in South Korean avocado imports. 19/09/17.
According to data compiled by the Korea Customs Service, the amount of avocados imported last year reached 2,915 tons, a six-fold surge compared to 457 tons in 2010.


Rapid rise of Brazilian hass avocado. 18/09/17.
With the increased plantings and volumes coming on-line in the future, forecasts are the Brazilian hass avocado sector will be able to grow its production by 2,500 metric tons per year, reaching 15,000 metric tons by 2020.


UK’s Gen Z more likely to buy avocado than beer. 16/09/17.
According to a study by Barclays, Generation Z – the generation after Millennials – are buying and consuming 266% more avocados than their predecessors.


US finally open to Colombia avocados. 15/09/17.
New rules governing the importation of Hass avocados from Colombia into the United States took effect on 14 September. Avocado farmers in the country can now officially apply for permits from the USDA.


Positive promo for avocado in China. 08/09/17.
Pagoda Stores and Mr Avocadoare reporting “tremendously successful” results from a mid-August promotion at Pagoda's 2,500 stores in China, and ProMexico and Tmall Fresh ran a promotion in September.

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Avocado Study Group Workshops

All growers! Come along to an avocado study group workshop hosted by Simon Newett, QDAF, for access to knowledge that will lead to more consistent high yields of good-quality avocados.


Health, safety and people management skills workshops

Queensland’s agricultural industries are working together to help farm businesses reduce risks and increase efficiency and compliance through a series of one-day workshops across the state. The Workplace Essentials workshops, funded by the Queensland Government and coordinated through the Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN), will focus on providing farm employers and team leaders with practical information and resources to enhance workplace health and safety and people management skills. 2017 events are scheduled for: Mareeba (17 Oct), South Johnstone (18 Oct), Rockhampton (24 Oct), Gympie (2 Nov), Caboolture (14 Nov) and Logan (22 Nov). In 2018, there will be events at Mackay (6 Feb) and Bowen (7 Feb).

Click here for more information and to register online.



12 Oct – North Qld Study Group
17 Oct – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Mareeba, Qld
18 Oct – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, South Johnstone, Qld
24 Oct – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Rockhampton, Qld
2 Nov – CNSW Study Group
2 Nov – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Gympe, Qld
3-5 Nov – China FVF, Beijing
14 Nov – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Caboolture, Qld
22 Nov – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Logan, Qld
16 Nov – CQ Study Group
30 Nov – South Qld Study Group

6 Feb – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Mareeba, Qld
7 Feb – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Bowen, Qld
18-20 June – Hort Connections 2018
5-7 Sept – Asia Fruit Logistica

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.