Apple & Pear Australia

About Apple & Pear Australia

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

Overtime on casual pay rates to take effect from 15 April

Employers will be required to pay overtime to casual workers from 15 April under changes to the Horticulture Award formally handed down yesterday by The Fair Work Commission. The Commission has determined to adopt the ‘conciliated proposal’ with new requirements to take effect from the first full pay period on or after 15 April 2019. While the changes [...]

By |April 3rd, 2019|Industry Issues, Labour / employment, News|

Export Readiness Project Reference Group Application

APAL is calling for three industry representatives to join The Apple & Pear Export Readiness and Market Access Project Reference Group. Reference Group members will be motivated to represent Industry and will be responsible strategic decisions regarding the prioritisation of project deliverables and key investment decisions. Register your interest here Background The Apple & Pear [...]

By |April 3rd, 2019|Exporting, News|

AgriFood Tech for growth: five steps to lead the way

This article was originally published on the KPMG website On 1 March 2019. Ben van Delden, KPMG Australia's Head of AgriFood Technology, will be speaking at the APAL Industry Forum this June. The Australian food and agribusiness sector is on the verge of immense growth; with technological innovation being key. Now is the time to seize the opportunities [...]

By |March 27th, 2019|Future Business|

A national netting program for apples and pears

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. Weather [...]

By |March 27th, 2019|Advocacy, Netting, hail and sunburn, News|

Best wishes Angus!

After five years at the helm of the Future Orchards®  programme, APAL technical manager Angus Crawford has announced he will move on from the organisation to pursue new challenges in agriculture. Under his stewardship, Future Orchards has gone from strength-to-strength delivering practical learning opportunities across growing systems, varieties, rootstocks, chemical use and application. At the centre-piece of this programme, [...]

By |March 27th, 2019|APAL, News|

Office space available at Fruit Growers Victoria

Fruit Growers Victoria currently have a furnished office space available for rent at their Mooroopna offices. Floor space approximately 5m x 4m Furniture includes a large desk chair, filing cabinet, and cupboards Use of meeting room available Shared kitchen and bathroom facilities Expansive parking Renal cost includes utilities (electricity, water, aircon/heating) Contact: 5825 3700 or View [...]

By |March 27th, 2019|Opportunities|

Hailstorm Heroes returns in 2019

After devastating hailstorms in South Australia late last year, new season fruit has been left dotted with hail marks for the second year running. South Australian growers want to assure consumers that a few spots on the skin of the fruit do not affect the texture or flavour in any way. However, to draw attention [...]

FRUITCo, Jeftomson’s packhouse revolution

Geoffrey Thompson Holdings Limited, more commonly known as Jeftomson, has received a $15 million grant from the Federal Government for its ‘FRUITCo’ project. The project consists of the purchase of high-tech new food handling equipment that will significantly reduce packing cost, which will allow the Australian industry to be more competitive in the international market. [...]

By |March 20th, 2019|Exporting, Machinery and mechanisation, News|

Branded varieties burst into stores

With harvest season well under way, newer varieties are starting to make an appearance in stores. While some start earlier, March is the prime picking month for most varieties, meaning now is the best time to taste an apple you may not have tried before. One such variety is Kanzi, established in 2004 as part [...]

By |March 18th, 2019|Marketing, Value added products|

Looking after workers, looking after business

“Protecting the rights of workers is essential to the future profitability and sustainability of Australian agriculture,” - APAL CEO, Phil Turnbull. Seasonal farm workers employed on apple and pear orchards are essential to the industry and their contributions are highly valued by growers. Without them the industry would not have enough workers to pick [...]

By |March 12th, 2019|Hot topics, Labour / employment|