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APAL distributes news and media releases about Australia’s apple and pear industry, providing opinion and insights into matters that affect growers and the broader industry, and facts and figures on industry issues. You can subscribe to APAL news directly to get email alerts when we release news, or join us on twitter or facebook, or see all our recent news and media releases here.

Journalists who would like an interview with an APAL staff member or Board Director, or who want information on the apple and pear industry in Australia are welcome to contact APAL’s Communications Manager Sophie Clayton on cm@apal.org.au, 03 9329 3511 or 0478 029 040.

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|

Apple growers hopeful about ‘no added wax’ apples

Both Woolworths and Coles have decided to sell more apples with no added wax in 2017 in a move that the industry hopes will bring consumer attention back to apples as a healthy and tasty natural snack. APAL's position APAL is happy when retailers find new ways to excite consumers about apples and encourage [...]

By |December 29th, 2016|Marketing, News|

APAL farewells Leanne Groves

APAL Company Secretary and Accounts Manager Leanne Groves is leaving APAL after almost 11 years. After almost 11 years working for APAL we are sadly farewelling our Company Secretary and Accounts Manager Leanne Groves at the end of 2016. When Leanne first started working at APAL there were five full-time staff members and [...]

By |December 14th, 2016|APAL, News|

China would be berry good for apples

In response to the article ‘Berry very good for now’ (Good, Fruit and Vegetables, 9 Dec 2016), Australian apple growers have defended the position of apples as being the next horticultural commodity in line that the Government negotiates market access to China for. APAL's position APAL supports and respects the Australian Government’s process of [...]

By |December 14th, 2016|Advocacy, Market access, News|

Export resource documents

In 2016, APAL secured funding from the Australian Government under the Package Assisting Small Exporters (PASE) program to deliver two export resource documents that are now complete and available to industry members on request: Australian Apple Production - an export resource document; and Australian Pome Fruit – hierarchy of preferred post-harvest treatments for Australian pome fruit [...]

By |December 14th, 2016|Exporting, News|

Pilot program to GROW

Last month, 23 people attended the pilot GROW Network workshop, a professional development and networking opportunity for people working in non-production roles in fruit-growing businesses, in Stanthorpe, Queensland. Participants at the Stanthorpe GROW Network workshop. "The feedback we received from everyone who attended was overwhelmingly positive with 100 per cent of attendees stating they found [...]

By |December 7th, 2016|APAL, News, Queensland|

Australia steps up to eradicate bee-destroying mite

With two detections of the bee-destroying Varroa mite found in Queensland, APAL is informing growers that the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) will need to be activated - this means that growers will help to fund the pest’s eradication. To protect Australia's bees and the apple and pear industry that relies on [...]

By |December 5th, 2016|Biosecurity, News|