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.

US growers share experience at IFTA

Contents of this article were sourced from, the aggregate site of American/Western Fruit Grower, American Vegetable Grower, and Florida Grower magazines. Find the original articles by Christina Herrick here and here. Roger Bannister's multileader trees planted in 2015 are seen here at Excelsior Farms. (Photo: Christina Herrick) The International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) held its [...]

2019 APAL Awards for Excellence

Nominations for the 2019 APAL Awards for Excellence are open until 23 April at 5:00pm. 2019 Winners will be announced on 24 June at a dedicated Breakfast at Cargo Hall, South Wharf.  Each winner will be nominated for the Hort Connections combined industry awards. Nominate Now! Do you know someone who [...]

By |March 7th, 2019|APAL|

Annual Crop Estimate Impacted by Extreme Weather

Unprecedented heat and worsening drought conditions in many growing regions has prompted calls for the annual Apple & Pear Crop Estimate to be downgraded, just weeks after its initial release. Despite early signs of a bumper apple crop (initially predicted to be up more than 8 per cent on last year by the AgFirst and [...]

Humble pear gets a makeover

This article was originally published on Country News on 27/2/2019. Sweet surprise... Ardmona grower Rocky Varapodio will harvest a new pear variety in 2020. Rocky Varapodio has a plan to bring the humble pear into the 21st century. The third-generation Ardmona grower and packer says without modern varieties in this fruit category, pears will [...]

By |March 6th, 2019|Pears, Varieties and rootstock, Victoria|

APAL visits new variety growers in Tasmania

From left: Gary Hopewell and Allan McWaters from the DAF with Andrew Smith of R&R Smith The yet-to-be-officially-named RS103-110 was put on display for variety partners at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) during February. Head of Group Brands Craig Chester, who is managing new apple variety projects on behalf of APAL, [...]

By |March 5th, 2019|Branding, News, Tasmania, Varieties and rootstock|

Indonesia-Australian agreement paves way for more workers

On 4 March, the Australian government signed the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement after eight years of negotiations. Part of the agreement will see an increase the amount of work and holiday visas for Indonesians from 1000 to 5000, which will increase the number of seasonal workers available next season. The agreement should not otherwise [...]

By |March 5th, 2019|Labour / employment, News|

APAL welcomes Larissa Vaughan to Events role

Larissa Vaughan has joined the Communications team as the new Program Manager, taking over from Richelle Zealley who has moved into a new role within APAL. Larissa comes from an extensive background in association/membership event management, including senior event and program manager roles with Australian Institute of Company Directors, CPA, and, most recently, the Urban Development [...]

By |March 5th, 2019|APAL, News|

Southern Victoria Future Orchards® walk postponed

Notice to growers regarding Future Orchards® walk tomorrow   Over the weekend, you will have seen reports in the media regarding bushfires in the Bunyip State Park area, not far from our planned Future Orchards® walk venue tomorrow. Thankfully, our host Brad Fankhauser has confirmed that he and the property are safe and secure. However, [...]

By |March 4th, 2019|Future Orchards, News, Victoria|

Quality assured in WA apples

Western Australian apple growers have launched an intensive apple quality testing program this week to coincide with the launch of 2019 apple season to let consumers know that 'when you choose to buy a WA apple, it will be a great apple'. A 2017 survey by independent consumer group CHOICE found apples — more than [...]

By |February 27th, 2019|Fruit quality and monitoring, News, WA|

Project to breed climate-proof apples

This article originally appeared on the Plant and Food Research website. Link. New, superior tasting apples and pears that can thrive in the planet’s increasingly warm climate will soon be available to fruit growers worldwide. T&G Global (formerly Turners & Growers) has joined Plant & Food Research, the Institute of Agriculture and Food Research [...]

By |February 20th, 2019|Climate change, Growing, Varieties and rootstock|