John Dollisson

About John Dollisson

CEO, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (2013-2016).

Great turn-out at grower events

It’s been a very busy two months at APAL. At the very successful 2016 National Horticulture Convention in late June, numbers were up 25 per cent on last year and there was great attendance at all sessions and APAL’s Annual General Meeting. We then had the opportunity to celebrate our national award winners. Congratulations to [...]

By |August 2nd, 2016|CEO report|

More to good profits than harvesting a good crop

Author: John Dollisson Chief Executive Officer, APAL 03 9329 3511 ceo@apal.org.au Welcome to 2016 and the year that we start issuing hard copy editions of Australian Fruitgrower magazine every two months. The magazine will carry more detailed analyses to complement the daily apple and pear news emails, weekly Industry Juice newsletter and social media updates, which focus on current news. If you are [...]

By |February 5th, 2016|CEO report|

Let’s make 2016 a great year!

As we prepare for Christmas and the New Year we are all praying for good weather to ensure the harvest is maximised. We are also doing all we can to work with the retailers to maximise the return on the pear crop, affected twice by hailstorms in the Goulburn Valley, to ensure a return for [...]

By |December 14th, 2015|CEO report|

Collaboration is the key to achieving success

By John Dollisson As we progress towards fruiting in the orchard, the risks from external threats increase. Unfortunately we saw the effect of this with the severe hailstorm that hit the Goulburn Valley in October – potentially damaging up to 35 per cent of the Australian pear crop. APAL is working with the affected growers [...]

By |November 8th, 2015|CEO report|

Creating value-added and exportable products

By the time you read this editorial Michele Allan and I will have completed our grower visits around Australia and followed up on many of the issues raised. Author: John Dollisson Chief Executive Officer, APAL 03 9329 3511 ceo@apal.org.au We discussed national issues of poor pricing; ineffective apple and pear marketing; the need [...]

By |September 30th, 2015|CEO report|

Labour, prices and marketing – the top grower issues

Author: John Dollisson Chief Executive Officer, APAL 03 9329 3511 ceo@apal.org.au I write this editorial after completing successful grower visits to South Australia and Western Australia with our new APAL Directors Joe Ceravolo and Paul Good, respectively. Unfortunately our Chair Michele Allan, who was scheduled to join us, was unable to come at [...]

By |September 1st, 2015|CEO report|

SPC decision disappointing, but strong future for fruit growers

With the federal government’s decision to not fund SPC Ardmona, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) has expressed its support for fruit growers as they face the future. “It’s a tough day for a lot of fruit growers in the Goulburn Valley who supply SPC Ardmona,” said Mr John Dollisson, Chief Executive Officer of APAL. [...]

By |January 30th, 2014|Labour / employment|

A German introduction to apples and pears

Before taking up the role as CEO of APAL I headed off on a short break to the land of sausages, large beers and fast motorways – Germany!  While there my wife and I took the opportunity to visit a nearby apple orchard and was surprised to find such sizeable production so close to Hamburg…and [...]

By |September 24th, 2013|CEO report|