Australian Fruitgrower – Autumn 2019

When I sat down to prepare the CEO’s Report for the March edition of Australian Fruit Grower magazine some six weeks ago, early crop estimates were favourable. Unprecedented heat and drought has since taken its toll on the crop estimate. But regardless of ultimate harvest volume, one thing was made clear to me by importers at Fruit Logistica: Demand for high-quality Australian fruit is up in the UK and Europe.

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Advocacy

Extreme weather events this year have highlighted the need for netting to protect against hail, sunburn, birds and flying foxes. APAL’s Head of Government Relations and Advocacy Jeremy Griffith has been busy developing a submission to Government for a program of achievable support for growers to protect their crops and improve long term sustainability.

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Pear pre-conditioning

APAL’s Head of Group Quality and Innovation Andrew Mandemaker argues there is much to be gained by pre-conditioning pears, but we need to learn from experience.

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Labour

Workplace laws have evolved to ensure workers are correctly treated. APAL is taking a leadership role to bolster a fair employment culture across industry and support the creation of a level playing field to ensure growers who do the right thing, are not disadvantaged. Read this guide for a Q&A and useful tips that will help ensure your labour hire practices are up to scratch.

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Marketing

Boosting consumption starts with engaging the consumer. Hort Innovation’s Apple and Pear Marketing Manager Olivia Grey details key target audiences and the strategies underway to encourage them to buy more apples in 2019.

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The latest Nielsen Homescan data for Apples and Pears is now available on the Harvest to Home website, with the data revealing some positive trends for both industries.

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Business

Kitchener Partners principal Tristan Kitchener shares his insights into how the major players may act to maintain growth in an increasingly competitive market and what that means for growers.

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After the ABC’s War on Waste placed the use of packaging under close scrutiny, growers and retailers are under pressure from customers. But any reduction must be balanced against the benefits.

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Fourth generation Huon Valley apple and pear grower Mark Duggan knew things had to change in his orchard when his return for a year’s hard work didn’t even cover costs, writes Alison Barber.

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Twenty years ago, the profession was known as “purchasing” – a much narrower term wherein practitioners were essentially buyers. Today, procurement as a profession brings much wider value to organisations.

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Future Business is a new initiative from APAL which aims to help business owners with non-growing business-related activities to add value and drive profit across the industry.

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Brand News

It was on a trip to Italy where the Goulburn Valley-based Barolli family first discovered the French-bred, eye-catching, red-fleshed, Red Moon® Surprise Inside® brand apples. Since then Barolli Orchards has joined the Red Moon team, securing one of just five global licences to grow the apple.

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Fruit Maturity

The allure of first-to-market premiums can be very compelling at harvest, but Angus Crawford explains picking too early leads to poor-tasting fruit that can turn consumers away long term. Tools exist to help make sure fruit is mature at harvest and consumers get the best eating experience.

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Fruit maturity at harvest plays a key role in quality. Dario Stefanelli, of Agriculture Victoria, outlines the results of trials into the effect of crop load on fruit maturity which form part of an international collaborative project to better understand biennial bearing.

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Climate Change

High temperatures and extreme weather this season have focused attention on the need to understand the impact of – and how to adapt orchards to – climate change. AgFirst’s John Wilton reviews the latest research on what can be expected as temperatures rise.

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The politicians may still be arguing about climate change, but growers are facing the impacts of increasingly erratic climate daily. AgFirst consultant Steve Spark shared some practical ideas on how to plan for and mitigate the risks associated with climate change.

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Research & Development

Gordon Brown reviews South African research on water use in Cripps Pink and Golden Delicious highlighting the importance of understanding water use when planning orchard systems.g

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Gordon Brown summarises research reports from around the world. Research snippets are sourced from abstracts of published scientific papers collated in the CAB direct database.

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State reports

By |April 8th, 2019|Australian Fruitgrower|

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APAL is an industry representative body and not-for-profit membership organisation that supports Australia’s commercial apple and pear growers.