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.

Scholarship to study agribusiness in 2018

In a partnership between APAL, Hort Innovation and Marcus Oldham College, Geelong, a final $10,000 scholarship is available for one student looking to study a Diploma of Agribusiness in 2018. A $10,000 scholarship is available to study a Diploma of Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham College in 2018 - see the brochure for details. Applications [...]

By |May 1st, 2017|Education, News|

European Union MRL change to bifenthrin use

Australian apple and pear growers looking to export to the European Union this year need to be aware of a reduced Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) for bifenthrin, an insecticide control. The European Union are lowering their bifenthrin MRL for apples and pears from 0.3 mg/kg to 0.01 mg/kg which should take effect Wednesday, 23 August 2017. In [...]

By |April 26th, 2017|Chemical use, News|

APAL named rightful owner of Pink Lady trade marks in Chile

Pink Lady America has lost its final bid to secure ownership of the Pink Lady™ trade marks in Chile, with APAL being named as the rightful owner. Following a comprehensive decision by the High Court of Australia, Pink Lady America’s application for leave to appeal to the High Court was dismissed on 5 April 2017.  This [...]

By |April 19th, 2017|Branding, News|

Future Orchards walks – Winter 2017

The winter 2017 series of Future Orchards® walks are scheduled for June and will continue with the underlying theme 'future trees'. In this series the presenters will discuss the importance variety mix has on profitability. There will be a focus on winter pruning for improved production and quality as well as looking at understanding the style of [...]

By |April 19th, 2017|Future Orchards|

Changes at APAL

Over the past six months APAL CEO Phil Turnbull has worked with the APAL team and Board to conduct a strategic, commercial and financial review of the organisation with a focus on developing a new industry strategy.  The new APAL strategy will align with the organisation's focus on supporting commercial apple and pear growers. "APAL exists [...]

By |April 5th, 2017|News|

Australian Fruitgrower – Apr/May 2017

CEO Report Well, 2017 is certainly in full swing with the first round of Future Orchards® walks now complete and harvest well and truly underway. We’ve been hearing promising reports from growers across the country with many suggesting this is the best season quality-wise they’ve seen in years. Yield may be down slightly but [...]

By |April 1st, 2017|Australian Fruitgrower|

Activation of the apple and pear industry EPPR levy

APAL is notifying apple and pear levy payers of an activation to the Emergency Plant Pest Response (EPPR) levy as our industry is required to fund contributions of the Varroa jacobsoni and the Torres Strait Fruit Fly response plans. APAL has sought agreement from the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources for the activation of the [...]

By |March 31st, 2017|Biosecurity, News|

APAL welcomes Beth Schofield

APAL would like to welcome Beth Schofield as our new Chief Financial Officer. Beth is a finance professional with experience across various disciplines in both professional practice and industry having worked at global chartered accounting firm Ernst & Young in business services, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. She was also the CFO and company secretary of [...]

By |March 29th, 2017|News|

Speed Updating is back for 2017!

Speed Updating is back for 2017 and will be held in Launceston during the Fruit Growers Tasmania annual conference in May. APAL's Speed Updating program offers quick, informative snippets of relevant research, development and extension (RD&E) activities happening within the apple and pear industry. So, if you like to keep up-to-date with RD&E happening in the Australian apple [...]

By |March 15th, 2017|News|

Increasing, supporting and promoting Australian exports

With a goal to increase export volumes across all Australian varieties and brands, APAL's commercial division recently hosted Pink Lady Australia's pre-season meeting for Pink Lady® exporters. Australian Pink Lady exporters recently met at the APAL office to discuss the 2017 export season. Back L-R: Andrew Mandemaker, Tim Nethersole, Peter Richardson, Geoffrey Hagarty, Cameron Brown, Baden [...]

By |March 14th, 2017|Exporting, News|