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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.

Dry conditions impact Victoria’s apple and pear crops

Written by Amelia Pepe. This article originally appeared on The Weekly Times on 19/6/2019. Volumes down: Fruit Growers Victoria grower services manager Michael Crisera said the remainder of this year’s apple and pear season has seen little respite from the dry conditions facing growers across Victoria. Pear and apple volumes in Victoria have [...]

Win a drone with Industry Pulse survey

The future is brimming with artificial intelligence, new varieties, foreign investment and access to new and booming markets. These present some exciting opportunities for Australian apple and pear growers, but also a great deal of uncertainty. That’s why we’ve launched our Industry Pulse survey to understand how you will manage your orchard business into the [...]

By |June 12th, 2019|APAL, News, Opportunities, Technology and robotics|

Pink Lady® competition winner takes the trip of a lifetime

Last October, to celebrate the 45-year Australian heritage of our delicious Pink Lady® apples, M&S ran an exclusive on-pack competition to win the holiday of a lifetime to Australia! The lucky winner, Liz Godley and husband John, headed ‘down under’ to experience the trip of a lifetime. As part of the prize, Montague Orchards, growers [...]

By |June 11th, 2019|News, Pink Lady|

Data and traceability pave the way for export quality

Data is the future, and increasingly the present. Tie Up Farming is a startup aiming to consolidate data activities for labour intensive industries with the goal of improving efficiency across the board, especially when it comes to preparing fruit for export. Tie Up Farming’s proposition is simple: make farming smarter. They do this by using [...]

By |June 11th, 2019|R&D updates, Technology and robotics|

ACCC calls for views on collective bargaining

  The ACCC is seeking feedback from growers and industry professionals on their proposal to develop a class exemption that would provide legal protection for businesses to collectively bargain with customers or suppliers without having to apply to the ACCC. This feedback must be submitted by 3 July 2019 at which point the ACCC will make a [...]

Good post-harvest hygiene essential to limit fruit fly

This article has been supplied by the Goulburn Murray Valley Regional Fruit Fly Project. Grower Adrian Conti mulches fallen fruit at his Cobram orchard.   Prioritising post-harvest hygiene strategies over Autumn is critical in protecting next season’s crops from Queensland Fruit Fly (Qfly) and other pests. Effective post-harvest hygiene ensures fruit fly eggs, [...]

IPDM experts, tools, and resources head online

By Emily Crawford, Project Officer, Agriculture Victoria Tatura IPDM case study grower Jeremy Smart inspecting parasitised woolly aphid bodies. (Photo Kevin Dodds) Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPDM) is becoming increasingly important to the Australian apple and pear industry for a range of reasons, including maintaining access to domestic and international markets. In [...]

By |June 5th, 2019|News|

SPC sold for $40 million

Coca-Cola Amatil is selling its Victorian-based Shepparton Preserving Company (SPC) fruit and vegetable processing business to the Shepparton Partners Collective for $40 million. Shepparton Partners Collective, a joint venture between Perma Funds Management and The Eights, said it would focus on reducing the complexity at SPC and product innovation. SPC employs 500 permanent staff and a [...]

By |June 5th, 2019|Exporting, Labour / employment, News, Victoria|

Hailstorm Heroes campaign in running for marketing award

  The levy-funded Hailstorm Heroes marketing campaign for hail-affected apples and pears and Freshmax's Every bite a masterpiece™ campaign for Modi® apples are both in the running for a prestigious fresh produce and floral industries marketing award to be announced at Hort Connections 2019. Campaign managers for the two campaigns - Hort Innovation's Apple and Pear Marketing [...]

What type of connectivity is right for me?

Dr Hugo Britt continues his two part series on connectivity in Australian agriculture by delving into the different options available for growers. Read part 1 here. Without connectivity, there can be no digital enablement across Australian orchards. Growers who are looking to invest in AgTech and reap the benefits of real-time data must first ensure [...]