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Post-Harvest Seminar – quality starts before harvest

To kick start the 2017 year, APAL held its annual Post-Harvest Seminar in Adelaide, South Australia, in January, attended by over 80 people in the industry.  Many topics were covered aimed at improving the way we grow, handle and store apple and pears pre-harvest in order to ensure quality going into cold storage. Post-harvest quality [...]

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|

Ceravolos take out hort awards

APAL congratulates the team at Ceravolo Orchards, South Australia, who on Friday were awarded the Weekly Times Coles 2016 Horticulture Farmer of the Year award. Apple industry innovators Joyce and Joseph Ceravolo are part of the team that took out the Weekly Times Coles 2016 Horticulture Farmer of the Year Award this week. [...]

By |February 22nd, 2017|News|

Pink Lady America’s stay application dismissed

Following the successful appeal of APAL's case with Pink Lady America, the Court of Appeal has opposed Pink Lady America’s stay application, APAL's Commercial Division Manager Garry Langford explains what this means for Chilean exporters moving forward. In November 2016 Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) successfully appealed its case with Pink Lady America regarding the [...]

By |February 8th, 2017|Branding, News|

Top pick of Pink Lady® brand campaigns

From Europe to Asia, there are some great examples of how companies who are licensed to use the Pink Lady® brand by APAL use it creatively to build marketing campaigns to add value to Pink Lady apples.    The Pink Lady Apple a Day category winning entry for 2016. The success of the Pink [...]

By |January 25th, 2017|Marketing, News|

Future Orchards walks – Autumn 2017

The autumn 2017 series of Future Orchards walks have been scheduled for March 2017 and will feature Dale Goldy from Stemilt – one of the largest fruit companies in Washington State, USA – and local pest expert David Williams. Download the Future Orchards walks - Autumn 2017 flyer. David will join the Northern [...]

By |January 13th, 2017|Future Orchards, News|

Feedback sought for industry plan

Apple and pear growers are encouraged to read the draft SIP and provide their feedback on how industry levies should be invested between 2017-2021. Hort Innovation has released the draft Apple and pear Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) that will guide how they invest industry levies and is seeking grower feedback until Friday, 27 [...]

By |January 11th, 2017|Hort Innovation, News|

APAL farewells Sophie Clayton

APAL will sadly farewell Communications Manager Sophie Clayton next week after being in the role for over three years. APAL Communications Manager Sophie Clayton is leaving APAL after three years in the role. During her time at APAL Sophie has led the apple and pear industry communications project. She has introduced numerous communications [...]

By |January 11th, 2017|APAL, News|

APAL farewells Olivia Tait

After two years as Market Development Manager, Olivia Tait is moving on from her role at APAL. After two years as Market Development Manager, Olivia Tait is moving on from her role at APAL. During her time at APAL, Olivia has successfully helped to increase export opportunities for Australian apple and pear growers [...]

By |January 4th, 2017|APAL, News|