Apple & Pear Australia

About Apple & Pear Australia

APAL is an industry representative body and non-profit membership organisation that supports Australia’s commercial apple and pear growers.

APAL welcomes new Global Development Director

APAL is excited to announce the appointment of Andrew Hooke to the newly-created role of Director Global Development. Reporting to the CEO Phil Turnbull, Andrew will be responsible for growing APAL’s commercial business globally and opening up opportunities for growers to reap the benefits of emerging brand and export markets. Andrew Hooke “APAL [...]

By |July 18th, 2017|APAL, News|

Health benefits of pears in media spotlight

Twenty five media guests and influential foodies were welcomed to Banksii Vermouth Bar and Bistro in Sydney on June 29 for an event promoting the versatility and health benefits of Australian Pears. Hosted by Hort Innovation on behalf of the industry, the event was designed to help inspire and provide messaging for pear media coverage. [...]

By |July 18th, 2017|Marketing, News, Pear marketing|

Varroa mite response progresses

The management response plan following the detection of varroa mites (Varroa jacobsoni) in feral Asian honey bee nests in Townsville in mid-2016 has progressed with no further detections occurring since November 2016.   Bees are important pollinators in the apple and pear industry and need protection from biosecurity threats. "Biosecurity Queensland has effectively reported [...]

By |July 5th, 2017|Biosecurity, News|

CSIRO research summarises apple health benefits

A new CSIRO summary of research has revealed even more health benefits to eating apples. The CSIRO report summarised the latest research into the health benefits of apples (Download the report).  The summary, titled Translating the scientific evidence for apples and pears into health messages, highlights a growing body of scientific evidence that shows regularly [...]

By |July 5th, 2017|Apple marketing, Hort Innovation, News|

Sandy Dickinson moves to international Pink Lady role

APAL will farewell Sandy Dickinson at the end of June after working with the peak industry body across 20 years, most recently in Pink Lady® brand development. Sandy Dickinson is leaving APAL to take up a role with the International Pink Lady Alliance (IPLA) We are pleased to report that Sandy won’t be [...]

By |June 13th, 2017|News|

2017 Pear Masterclass – notes and presentations

At the 2017 Pear Masterclass held on 6 June at Merrigum, Victoria, pear growers and advisors were given some insights into Integrated Pest Management and pear russeting. Special guests Marcel Veens, Horticultural Advisor and Dr Paul Horne, IPM Technologies, gave presentations, followed by a pear pruning demonstration at Jeftomsons’s Merrigum Orchard, Victoria. Dr Paul Horne, IPM Technologies Integrated Pest [...]

Australian Fruitgrower – Jun/Jul 2017

CEO Report APAL's CEO Phil Turnbull reports on the latest season's harvest, the opportunity to export, changes at APAL and the pending activation of the pest levy. Read more Download the Jun/Jul 2017 edition of Australian Fruitgrower (pdf). Grower profile Innovation the family way at Montague When Bill [...]

By |June 1st, 2017|Australian Fruitgrower|

Future Orchards: harvest walks done

During harvest in March 2017, the Future Orchards® walks shifted themes from ‘Future Labour’ to ‘Future Trees’.  AgFirst’s Ross Wilson and Craig Hornblow presented on how the variety mix affects profitability, especially in the context of the increasing presence of club varieties, along with the industry and marketing dynamics involved in the variety business. Our [...]

By |May 30th, 2017|Future Orchards, News|

Strategic Investment Plan out now

The Apple and Pear Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) has been released by Hort Innovation to help guide its oversight and management of levy investments over the next five years. The SIP (2017-2021) lays the foundation for decision making in levy investments and represents the balanced interest of the industry. An important function of the SIP [...]

By |May 30th, 2017|Hort Innovation, Industry Issues, News|

Bravo apple season launch

Bravo™ apple was recently launched at an impressive event in Western Australia – showcasing the apple’s unique features. At the 2017 Bravo™ apple season launch 2017: (lt to rt) Steele Jacob - Nardia Stacy - Mario Casotti. Industry heavy weights gathered in May in Western Australia for the 2017 launch of Bravo. Top [...]

By |May 24th, 2017|Marketing, News, WA|