Our partners

Partners are at the heart of APAL’s work – we work closely with growers, Hort Innovation (Hort Innovation), state associations of apple and pear growers, and corporate partners.

Hort Innovation

Hort Innovation is the grower-owned Research and Development Corporation for Australia’s $9 billion horticulture industry. It receives levies from apple and pear growers to invest in marketing, and research and development for the industry. For more information about Hort Innovation’s work for the apple and pear industry visit their Apple and Pear information page.

State associations

Apple and pear growers in each state are also represented by a state association that are members of APAL.

State State Association Representative Phone Email
SA Apple & Pear Growers Association of South Australia Susie Green, CEO 08 8389 8453 aplnpear@ozemail.com.au
WA Pomewest Nardia Stacy, Executive Officer 08 9368 3869 nardia@pomewest.com.au
Vic Fruit Growers Victoria Michael Crisera, Grower Services Manager 03 5825 3700 growerservices@fgv.com.au
Tas Fruit Growers Tasmania Ian Cover, Industry Development Officer 03 6169 2059 ian@fruitgrowerstas.com.au
NSW New South Wales Farmers Association Robert Hardie, Policy Director Cropping & Horticulture 02 9478 1074 hardier@nswfarmers.org.au
Qld Growcom Susie Cunningham, Acting Communication Manager 07 3620 3861 communications@growcom.com.au

Corporate partnership program

APAL has partnered with a number of organisations to develop and strengthen corporate relationships in the industry.

APAL corporate partners are offered the opportunity to communicate with growers and industry via publications such as Australian Fruitgrower magazine, e-newsletter Industry Juice and the APAL website. Corporate partners are invited to attend grower meetings, the Future Orchards® program, the biennial conference and special events.

Contact us if you are interested in being an APAL corporate partner.

APAL corporate sponsors


AgroFresh helps growers, packers, shippers, exporters and importers worldwide to deliver consistently high quality fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and plants through a range of innovative technologies, products and services, including SmartFresh that is used by apple and pear growers. AgroFresh has been an APAL partner since 2013.

E.E. Muir & Sons

E.E. Muir & Sons is a major distributor of fertilisers, chemicals, seeds and other farm supplies to the Australian agriculture industry. The company employs highly qualified and field staff to advise growers and assist them to achieve optimum yields and maximum profits. E.E. Muir & Sons has been an APAL partner since 2013.

J-Tech Systems

J-Tech Systems provide packhouse solutions for produce labels, tags and application machinery; automation and machinery sales; installation, importation and supply of quality packaging; and a complete range of technical services and machinery maintenance. J-Tech has been an APAL partner since 2014.

Adama Australia

Adama is a global leader in crop protection solutions. They strive to simplify the lives of growers by working with growers to find simple, practical and innovative solutions in crop protection and beyond. Adama Australia works hand-in-hand with producers to: Simply. Grow. Together. Adama has been an APAL partner since 2016.