Hot topics

APAL is developing a series of hot topic web pages on issues of interest to consumers that will include Q&As. If you are interested in a topic not listed here please contact us directly or ask a question on Facebook.

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|

Limiting chemical residues on apples and pears

The apple and pear industry closely monitors chemical residues on its fruit and, since independent monitoring came into place in 1998, has consistently demonstrated high compliance with approved chemical residue limits.     Apple and pear growers may use different chemical products to protect their trees and fruit from pests, diseases and weeds. This is to [...]

By |June 9th, 2017|Chemical use, Hot topics|

Storing apples

One of the great natural features of apples is that they store really well. In Australia you can buy crisp and tasty apples all year around because of how apples are stored.   Apple storage in history Historically, one of the reasons apples have become such an important and loved fruit is because they can [...]

By |April 19th, 2016|Hot topics, Industry Issues|

Apples and wax

Apples naturally develop a coat of wax when they are growing to help protect the fruit and to retain moisture and therefore firmness of the apple. Once picked, the apples are cleaned, removing this natural coat of wax. Often, a food-grade wax is applied to replace the naturally-occurring wax to provide the same benefits, including [...]

By |March 10th, 2016|Hot topics|

NZ apples in Australia

At a glance: NZ apples can be imported to Australia, but only under strict biosecurity protocol to protect Australia from pests and diseases. Existing measures to keep out potentially devastating disease, like fireblight, have so far been effective and APAL strongly supports retaining them. APAL supports supermarkets that promote Australian-grown apples and pears because it [...]

By |August 14th, 2014|Hot topics, Industry Issues|