Richelle Zealley

About Richelle Zealley

Manager Events & Sponsorship, Apple and Pear Australia Limited
03 9329 3511

Opportunity to trial online WHS system

Australian apple and pear growing businesses have the opportunity to participate in a free trial of an online workplace health and safety (WHS) management system. APAL is working with South Australian-based Safe Ag Systems to provide an opportunity for eight businesses, of varying size and location, to participate in a three-month free trial of the software. [...]

Fresh produce on the Blockchain

When it comes to blockchain, most growers don’t know what to believe or how to prepare but early trials with mangoes indicate this technology could transform the fresh produce supply chain and create value to all participants in the supply chain.  The ability to trace the origin of an apple or pear from tree to [...]

By |December 5th, 2018|Technology and robotics|

Data – a vital business input

Collecting data may be time-consuming but, as Sarah Dunn from Battunga Orchards in West Gippsland shares, it can deliver significant cost savings and is vital in helping make good business decisions for long-term profitability. In an orchard, data collection can mean recording all daily activities including spraying, pruning, thinning, fruit measuring, pest monitoring, general maintenance, [...]

By |October 21st, 2018|Industry Data, News|

Growth in diversification – value-added products

Exhibiting their value-added products at the Variety Showcase at Hort Connections 2018 was the Mock family with their freeze-dried fruits marketed under their Totally Pure Fruits® brand.  The Mock Family produces freeze-dried fruit under their brand Totally Pure Fruits®. The Mock family has been growing fruit at their picturesque Red Hill orchard in Victoria [...]

By |September 3rd, 2018|Value added products, Victoria|

Planning for negotiation

Effective negotiation skills are essential in both our personal and professional lives, it’s critical to know how to prepare and plan for negotiations of any type when growing a successful business, dealing with supply chain partners, multi-tasking and influencing decisions. Where would you sit on a scale of from one to 10 if you were [...]

By |June 25th, 2018|Future Business|

Understanding a board’s role; insights from the APAL Chair

Have you ever wondered about the purpose of a board of directors (board), or more specifically the APAL Board; how it benefits the Australian apple and pear industry and how it is working towards a better future for growers? Your questions might be answered here. Upon joining APAL as chair, Michele Allan set key [...]

By |February 21st, 2018|APAL|

Market access on the agenda

During a recent trip to China, APAL representatives met with senior government officials, significant retailers and other high-level influencers to discuss market access and the Australian apple industry. APAL CEO, Phil Turnbull; Director Global Development, Andrew Hooke; and Quality Project Manager, Andrew Mandemaker travelled to represent the Australian apple and pear industry on the Taste [...]

By |November 24th, 2017|Exporting, Market access, News|

Education served to your taste

APAL’s Richelle Zealley speaks to people of varying ages and backgrounds involved in the horticulture industry about how they have chosen to educate and upskill themselves and why they believe it’s important. Education comes in many forms. Have you recently attended a Future Orchards® walk to listen to knowledge shared by the guest presenters? Maybe [...]

By |June 1st, 2017|Education|

Pest Alert: Dothiorella sarmentorum

This image was taken from the neglected organic orchard where dieback was detected. APAL is calling on growers to be vigilant in checking crops for dieback, caused by pest threat Dothiorella sarmentorum, and recently detected in Victoria.  Victorian State Biosecurity officers have detected a fungal pathogen Dothiorella sarmentorum which has been reported as [...]

By |April 12th, 2017|News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

Investing in international employees

In a smart move to mitigate risk and ensure a diversity of labour sources in a tightening labour market, General Manager Craig Boyce and his wife and staff trainer Anne have been successfully recruiting and employing workers, other than backpackers, from overseas to work in the orchards and packing shed. Craig started working [...]

By |January 30th, 2017|Labour / employment, Profile, Queensland|