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Quality over quantity as growers report volumes down

Apple and pear volumes could be down as much as 10 per cent on pre-harvest forecasts according to end of season grower harvest reports, but the good news is that quality is up. Pink Lady® apples ready to be harvested in the next couple of days in southern Victoria. As Australia’s apple and [...]

By |May 3rd, 2017|News|

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|

Pest Alert: Dothiorella sarmentorum

This image was taken from the neglected organic orchard where dieback was detected. APAL is calling on growers to be vigilant in checking crops for dieback, caused by pest threat Dothiorella sarmentorum, and recently detected in Victoria.  Victorian State Biosecurity officers have detected a fungal pathogen Dothiorella sarmentorum which has been reported as [...]

By |April 12th, 2017|News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

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|

Tasmania calls for bumble bee trials to progress

Endemic populations of bumble bees in Tasmania could help to improve pollination services in the state if trials are allowed to progress, a Senate Inquiry hearing in Hobart was told in February 2017. Bumble bees could be used to pollinate Tasmania’s apple, pear and other horticultural crops. Overseas, Bombus terrestris (bumble bees) are [...]

By |April 1st, 2017|Dormancy, flowering and pollination, News, Tasmania|

Pink Lady at Fruit Logistica

In February 2017, APAL and the international network of Pink Lady® licensees and brand stakeholders had another strong delegation at Fruit Logistica in Berlin, Germany. The Pink Lady® stand at Fruit Logistica 2017. APAL uses the event, beyond the exhibition itself, to enhance its position as global trademark and brand manager for Pink [...]

By |April 1st, 2017|Branding, Exporting, News|

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|