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.

Australian Fruitgrower – Dec 2016/Jan 2017

From the editor The Dec/Jan edition of Australian Fruitgrower covers Focus Orchard block data, new perspectives on value adding, updates on Varroa and new research into biennial bearing. Read more CEO Report New APAL CEO Phil Turnbull delivers his first CEO report outlining his plans to prepare a new strategy for APAL over the coming [...]

By |December 1st, 2016|Australian Fruitgrower|

Pink Lady brand licensing in Chile

APAL has been successful in its appeal in a case between APAL and Pink Lady America regarding the supply of Chilean-grown apples traded under the brand name Pink Lady® to North America. Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) owns and manages the Pink Lady® brand in numerous territories worldwide and invests in the marketing [...]

By |November 24th, 2016|Branding, News|

SA juicers secure national deal with global company

In a boost for the South Australian apple industry, JVJ Co, a partnership between Lenswood Apples and Rivercorp Land & Water Limited will supply global beverage company Lion with 3.5 million litres of apple and pear juice annually under a new deal. (Lt) Fergus McLachlan, CEO JVJ Co and (rt) Lars Christensen, Lion Cidery celebrate [...]

By |November 16th, 2016|News, South Australia, Value added products|

Stanthorpe top pick for pilot program

Stanthorpe is set to host a pilot program on 22 November for people working in fruit-growing businesses in the region who want to learn new ideas around recruitment, looking after staff and succession planning. Book now Run by Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL), the GROW Network workshop is a professional development [...]

By |November 11th, 2016|Labour / employment, News, Queensland|

APAL submission on the ‘backpacker’ tax to Senate inquiry

Backpacker tax: APAL has made a submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee regarding the Working Holiday Maker Reform package, which sought to address issues raised about the proposed implementation of a higher tax rate for people working in Australia on a Working Holiday Maker visa (417 visa) that backpackers who work in horticulture often travel to Australia [...]

By |October 21st, 2016|Advocacy, Government submissions|

Australian Fruitgrower – Oct/Nov 2016

From the editor The Oct/Nov edition of Australian Fruitgrower includes information about Artificial Spur Extinction, Orchard Business Analysis, marketing apple brands, the Industry's Rising Star of the Year, Mel Ware and more. Read more Chair Report The APAL office has experienced a few changes in the past weeks with CEO John Dollisson completing his [...]

By |October 1st, 2016|Australian Fruitgrower|

Philip Turnbull announced as new APAL CEO

The APAL Board would like to announce that Philip Turnbull will replace John Dollisson as APAL CEO. Philip has been a member of the APAL Board since 2006, initially joining as the Director for pears and becoming an Independent Director in 2015, he also sits on the newly-formed APAL Commercialisation sub-committee. APAL Chair Michele Allan [...]

By |September 29th, 2016|News|

APAL farewells John Dollisson

APAL would like to thank and farewell John Dollisson who has completed his role with APAL on Friday, 23 September to pursue other opportunities. APAL Chair Michele Allan has advised that John stepped down as CEO to pursue other opportunities. John joined APAL in 2013 and has been an advocate for the apple, pear and horticultural industries. [...]

By |September 29th, 2016|News|

How does your orchard stack up?

The results of the most comprehensive study to determine how Australian apple and pear growing businesses are performing show that the benchmark yield increased by 28 per cent between 2014 and 2015 to an all-time high of 47.9 tonnes per hectare. Every year, AgFirst compiles the results of the Orchard Business Analysis (OBA) to determine [...]

By |September 20th, 2016|Future Orchards, Industry Data|

Hidden costs of packing fruit uncovered

APAL has received a grant from the Victorian Government to help growers and packers understand the full cost of packing apples and pears and identify ways to optimise their operations while continuing to deliver premium quality fruit. The Packhouse Optimisation Project will help growers and packers identify ways to improve the efficiency of their [...]

By |September 15th, 2016|News, Packhouse Optimisation Project|