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.

Don’t collect orchard data for data’s sake

Written by Hugo Britt. Remember the agricultural drone craze? Five years ago, there was a lot of excitement around the potential of drones to help farmers and growers monitor their operations from above. Drones were relatively inexpensive and frankly kind of fun – but after the initial excitement of piloting a buzzing drone wore off, [...]

By |April 30th, 2019|Industry Data, Technology and robotics|

Labour Hire Scheme begins in Victoria

  Victoria's first Labour Hire Licensing Scheme begins this week. Labour hire providers have six months (until 30 October) to obtain or apply for a licence, or else face penalties. The Andrews Labor Government has held more than 30 information sessions since March to help providers understand their obligations, and a further public information campaign to [...]

By |April 30th, 2019|Labour / employment, News, Victoria|

Ricó pears ready to roll

This article was originally published on Fruitnet on 26 March. Written by Matthew Jones. A new branded variety being grown in Australia's Goulburn Valley looks set to add plenty of personality to the pear category, with sales to begin in July. Characterised by a bright red blush, Ricó pears will hit retail shelves for a short time [...]

By |April 17th, 2019|Marketing, News, Pears|

Single Touch Payroll includes smaller businesses from July

Single Touch Payroll (STP) is a new way of reporting tax and super information to the ATO. The requirement first came into effect 1 July 2018 for employers with over 20 employees, and now parliament has passed legislation to extend STP to all employers starting 1 July 2019. This will be a gradual start, and not all employers will [...]

By |April 16th, 2019|Labour / employment, News, Tools and calculators|

Where to for packaging in a war-on-waste world?

Researcher Dr Hugo Britt examines the latest trends in fresh produce packaging and the challenges and opportunities they present for growers and marketers.   After the ABC’s War on Waste placed the use of packaging in the fresh produce sections of Australia’s supermarkets under close scrutiny, growers and retailers are under pressure from customers to reduce [...]

By |April 16th, 2019|Marketing, Packaging and stickers|

Harvesting the sun to reduce energy costs

Rachele Group Fruit packing shed's new solar panels. A third generation pear growing family is harvesting the sun to cut its energy use by one-third after installing solar panels across its two cold storage sheds. The Rachele Family has been growing, packing, and transporting pears, nectarines, plums and peaches to supermarkets shelves from [...]

Retail competition: threat or opportunity?

Kitchener Partners principal Tristan Kitchener’s presentation on the changing retail landscape attracted a high level of interest at the APAL Post Harvest Seminar. Here he shares his insights into how the major players may act to maintain growth in an increasingly competitive market and what that means for growers. Why are the hard discounters (ALDI [...]

By |April 10th, 2019|Market insights|

Victoria introduces new labour hire licensing scheme

This summary originally appeared on Citrus Australia on 1 April. The new labour hire licensing scheme will commence in Victoria on 29 April 2019. The Victorian Parliament passed the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 (the Act) following the Victorian Inquiry into Labour Hire and Insecure Work. Labour hire is generally where one business provides labour [...]

By |April 10th, 2019|Labour / employment, News|

Industry blindsided by 15 April deadline

The apple and pear industry has been blindsided by a 14-day timeframe for the implementation of complex casual wage changes. The Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) decision to require casual employees to be paid overtime under the Horticulture Award from 15 April 2019 has left growers woefully short of time to get abreast of and implement [...]

By |April 10th, 2019|Industry Issues, Labour / employment, News|

If nothing changes, nothing is going to change

This article was written by Cameron Schwab for designCEO and was originally published 19 March, 2019. Most conversations I have with leaders focus on a desired outcome; something they would like to achieve. They then work back on from the desired outcome and give thought to the processes they hope will achieve their objective. They [...]

By |April 9th, 2019|Education|